The Good in People

Read: 1 Kings 17:7-24

Too often we hear about the bad in people instead of the good. I recently heard a story about a college student and his friends who went on a cross-country bike ride. They first intended to pitch their pup tents in campgrounds along the way but that became too expensive.  Instead they started knocking on people’s doors and asking if they could pitch their tents in their yards for the night.  They promised they would be in bed by 9:00 pm and on the road by 6:00 am the next morning.

He said that every door they knocked on said “yes” to their request.  In fact, many of the residents invited the guys in for dinner that evening as well. The person sharing this story said, “We all learned the basic goodness of the American people.” This could be said about most people in this world. Although there is an abundance of negativity, there is also an incredible amount of good in most people.

It reminds me of this story in I Kings 17. There is a drought in the land and the prophet Elijah is told to go to the region of Sidon and look for a widow who will be there to supply food for him. The woman provides the little she has for Elijah and in turn Elijah promises that the Lord will make sure her jar will always have flour and her jug will always have oil until the drought is over. She was willing to help and received many blessings as a part of her good heart and good deed.

I would encourage you to read that whole story this week when you can. The Lord allows Elijah to perform a wonderful miracle for this widow when something terrible happens to her and her son. At the end of the chapter the woman says to Elijah, “Now I know that you are a man of God and that the word of the Lord from your mouth is the truth.”

Anne Frank once said, “Despite everything, I believe that people are really good at heart.” There is no doubt that all good people have the ability to do bad things and make bad decisions. We are all sinners in need of the grace and forgiveness of Jesus. But too often we look for the bad first instead of giving the good a chance. This can be applied to many things in life but unless we choose to apply it we may never see the good at heart that Anne Frank is talking about.

Make it Personal:

Think about ways this week that you can look for the good in people, in situations, in circumstances, and the good coming out of your own life. Whether it’s allowing someone to pitch a tent in your yard or giving someone the last drop of oil and flour you have, God desires for us to make the choice for good instead of bad. God also wants us to look for the good in others as well!

Have a great week, Glen Rhodes, Arthur Mennonite Church