Be careful of the company you keep; for as your friends are, so you will be. From the very beginning, Murphy was a very bad influence. He always seemed to look at things from the wrong perspective. For him, the glass was either half-empty or completely shattered.

Murphy developed a series of laws which reflected his pessimistic outlook on life. They are known as Murphy’s Laws. You may have heard some of them: “If anything can go wrong, it will;” “If everything seems to be going well, you have obviously overlooked something;” “Logic is a systematic method of coming to the wrong conclusion with confidence;” “Smile . . . tomorrow will be worse;” and “All’s well that ends.”

Many Christians have befriended Murphy over the years. They have visited his house for dinner and enjoyed his company. As he delights them with his charm and wit, they unknowingly begin to embrace his philosophy. Soon any optimism they had in Christ is drowned out by Murphy’s negative ideology.

If anyone should be an optimist, it ought to be a Christian. The Christian’s optimism is not based upon his bank account, job security, or a problem-free existence, however. It comes from proven realities in Scripture. God is for us, even when things go wrong. With Him on our side, who (or what) can be against us?

Perhaps you have conceded your spiritual victory because of Murphy’s Laws. You lack peace and contentment because you are always thinking about the worst-case scenario. Insert God into the equation, and ask yourself what is the worst that can happen with Him on your side. Murphy’s Law is not the final authority on your existence — God is. Let His Word fill you with optimism for whatever you will face today.

Devotional by Pastor Jim Scudder, Jr.