I thought about God’s goodness when I was asked if I could write this week’s blog. But this week was filled with many appointments to attend. All of them were illness related and scheduled every day from Monday until Friday. It was going to be a very busy week and I needed to trust in God’s goodness to get me through. I’m not complaining but rather setting the ground work for this week’s theme.
God gives us His best, and yet His BEST is yet to come.
Psalm 100 says this: “Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth! Serve the Lord with gladness! Come into His presence with singing! Know that the Lord, He is God! It is He who made us, and we are His; we are His people, and the sheep of His pasture. Enter His gates with thanksgiving, and His courts with praise! Give thanks to Him; bless His name! For the Lord is good; His steadfast love endures forever, and His faithfulness to all generations.”
This Psalm is a celebration of the goodness of God. A testimony of His enduring and everlasting love for us. It’s a steadfast love, meaning: firmly fixed, immovable, not subject to change. I don’t know about you, but I need to hear and know about God’s everlasting love for me. We live in a world where love is something you can purchase, select, choose. It’s wrapped up in boxes, devices, people and the other possessions of this world. Someday all that the world has to offer will be gone. The Love of God will never end… it will remain. It’s always and forever. But for some, it’s the hardest thing that can be understood. It’s the hardest thing to choose.
The foundation of understanding God’s Love lies in the belief and faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. Built upon this foundation is submitting everything to the Lordship of Jesus. That’s hard to do when you are critically ill, or you need support to keep you going. Maybe you lost your job. Maybe you lost your place to live. These are just a few reasons that your faith in God can be challenged. It’s also been a list of hardships and challenges I have had to submit to God. These hardships were faced not in my own strength but in God’s. I had to lay it all down and trust my Savior. I had to look to the Lord in order to find strength, and that strength came in worshipping Him. Look at what the writer of this song says:
When I think about the Lord
How He saved me, how He raised me
How He filled me with the Holy Ghost
How He healed me to the uttermost
When I think about the Lord
How He picked me up, turned me around
How He set my feet on solid ground
That makes me wanna shout
Hallelujah! Thank you, Jesus!
Lord, you’re worthy
Of all the glory, of all the honor, of all the praise!
(©Hillsong – When I think about the Lord)
It makes me want to shout and worship the Lord! It makes me want to celebrate the goodness of God! When I had nowhere to live, God sent a man who let me live in his renovated house rent free until I could get back on my financial feet. When I was ill and needing critical hospital care and support, God touched me and gave me rest. He sent men and women of faith to encourage and support me. When I lost my job of 20 years, God sent a man to offer me a new job that I’ve remained in now for 27 years. And when I was at my lowest, facing a life ending suicide, God gave me a man who stopped me and prayed for me and as a result, I submitted my life to Jesus Christ. Today I live and thrive in the hands of God. Maybe today friend, you say you can relate to some of this. Praise the Lord! Maybe you’re saying God couldn’t do that for me. Well, that simply is not true.
Hebrews 4:16 says this, “Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.”
Where do I start? What is it that I must do? These are good questions. We must first go to the Lord in humble submission and give our life to Him.
1 John 1:9 says “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”
Romans 10:9 says, “That if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.”
Next you need to identify God’s goodness. Yes, identify. You can’t worship what you haven’t identified. Here are a few suggestions on how you can cultivate an attitude of thanksgiving and praise:
- Be thankful that you don’t already have everything you want. If you did, what would there be to look forward to?
- Be thankful when you don’t know something, this gives you the opportunity to learn.
- Be thankful for the difficult times. During these times you grow.
- Be thankful for your limitations, because they give you opportunities for improvement.
- Be thankful for each new challenge, because it will build strength and character.
- Be thankful for your mistakes. They will teach you valuable lessons.
- Be thankful when you’re tired and weary, because it means you’ve made a difference.
Friend, knowing who God is and believing in all of His promises gives us hope. Hope leads to worship and praise. Even in the worst of times, we can celebrate God’s goodness. In the best of times we can believe: God gives us His best, and yet His BEST is yet to come! WOW!
‘For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” John 3:16
Someday if we believe and submit, we will share God’s eternal glory with Him in Heaven. “And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also.” John 14:3
Have a great week and know that I will be praying for you to understand God’s Goodness and worship the Name of Jesus!