BY: Janet Henry
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BIBLE TEXT: Psalm 100:5 – For the Lord is good and His love endures forever; His faithfulness continues through all generations.
Romans 8:28- And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.
PERSONAL REFLECTION: Has something ever gone drastically wrong and not the way you quite imagined it? Have you been left standing before the Lord with way more questions than answers? In the moments of tragedy or extreme confusion we can question the very goodness of God. We believe that maybe the bad things are happening because His strong hand of discipline is coming down on us. Now, there are certainly times in our rebellion when that can be the case, but if you know you are living a sanctified life with a heart only wanting to please the Lord, how then do we make sense of those bad things that come our way? I propose that the Lord’s goodness is never to be put on trial where we are the judge ready to hand down a sentence. If we know and understand that there is nothing, absolutely nothing, bad about the Lord. We will be able to look at trials and unfortunate circumstances through a new set of eyes. Next time you encounter a trial and begin to question the very goodness of God, remember: if God was willing to send His Son to die for you so that you will miss an eternity in hell, how much more proof of His goodness do you need? If you are a parent, would you willingly give your child to painfully suffer and die in place of someone else who was guilty? Love took our place on the cross over two thousand years ago and we are not to look lightly on that sacrifice.
PERSONAL APPLICATION: With everything- every trial, every unfortunate circumstance, every sudden death of a loved one, every loss of a job – GOD IS GOOD. Put your trust in that no matter what your emotions might tell you. Cling to His promises and stand on His word and He will see you through.
PRAYER: Lord, Help us to trust your goodness no matter what trials of life come our way. Help us to cling to your promises and remember that you work everything thing out for the good for those who love you. In Jesus’ name- Amen.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Lately I feel more like a taxi driver than anything else. With two teenagers and one tween, I spend more time in the car then anywhere else in the world. We are a missionary family working hard to get to Cochabamba, Bolivia,where we will spend two years working at the Bolivian Hope Center. Check out our website: www.travelingcoch.com