Saturday, March 4, 2017

Saturday March 4 God is Good

Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; for his steadfast love endures forever!                  1 Chronicles 16:34
The LORD is good to all; he has compassion on all he has made. Psalm 145:9 NIV
Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good! Blessed is the man who takes refuge in him! Psalms 34:8 ESV

God is good!
All the time.
All the time
God is good!
Many worship services begin with this antiphonal declaration and many Christians use it for a greeting. It is good to remind ourselves that no matter what we see around us, or what our circumstance is or how we may feel at any given time, God is ALWAYS good. He can be nothing else for goodness is the very essence of God and likewise God is the source of all that is good. As we read in James, above, God never changes. When all is right with our world it is easy to speak those words and believe them. But what about those other times...times when we cry out and it seems as if He is nowhere to be found? It is at those times that we delineate our faith. For if it is only in good times that we trust in the goodness of God, we are really celebrating our good fortune, not the one who is the source of that good fortune. Life on this side of heaven will be filled with trials and pain. It's a promise directly from Jesus' own mouth. But we can be encouraged for Jesus has overcome this world and we serve a God who is not only good Himself, but is a veritable fountain of goodness even in this world. And that same God takes great joy in His He longs for us to know Him so that he can bless us with that very goodness.  Hallelujah!

O God of glory and might, we love You and join with Your children of all times and places in proclaiming Your goodness. Remind us O God, when we find ourselves in times of fear or doubt that You are good and You are in control and You long to be in relationship with each one of us so that we are able to bask in that goodness regardless of our outward circumstance. O Lord who never changes, give us eyes to see Your goodness in every situation and hearts that that long to connect with that goodness. We ask in Jesus name. AMEN!

And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose. Romans 8:28 NKJV

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