Thursday, January 27, 2011

God is still Good!

God had done good and great things in our lives. He redeemed us, sanctified and brought us into fellowship with Himself through his ultimate sacrifice and victory over death. He is good!  
I am reading a book about stories of Christians who have suffered greatly. Some were placed in concentration camps because of their faith, others were cast away from their families. Others suffered from death of a loved one, chronic pain and disease, loss of jobs, fires, floods and pestilence. There's the victims of brutal act of terrorism that caused hurts and pains to many. Yesterday, there were bombings in Manila that caused many casualties. And yet, thousands of believers specially among Asia nations are experiencing great revivals where thousands came to the Lord to experience His power. 
One friend I've talked to recently testified about how God has been good to her and her family despite of the trials that they are experiencing right now.
Despite of the attack of the enemy to destroy their souls, their unshakeable faith stood firm. I can still see their countenances glowed and their love of God is amazing. That is something. It inspired me so much! Their certainty in the goodness of God was not determined by their circumstances but it was based on their relationship with God and their intimate knowledge of His character. How encouraging!

God is not only good when good things happened in our life. Often I heard people say that God is good when He sends good weather or when there are bountiful blessings. But God was also good when my father died and allowed my sister to almost die because of an abusive marriage. I remember when we talked over the phone on one occasion, there's heaviness in my heart. I remember my sister was crying on the other line and with a cracking voice she said that God hath forgotten her. I told her, no, God has not forgotten you. He promised in His Word for as the heavens are high above the earth, so great is His steadfast love toward us  to those who fear Him. There is an ocean of God's love and there is plenty for everyone. Everything happened has a purpose. If we find ourselves in low places of our lives, we are not alone. We'll find Him there.

In the good and bad times. God is still good. 

"Oh, that men would give thanks to the Lord for His goodness, and for His wonderful works to the children of men" Psalm 107:8

1 comment:

Cindy said...

You are so right! There is a saying that my husband started saying when we lived in Langley, and many of the saints still say it when I talk to them. "God is good and He is good to me all of the time." That word "all" is all inclusive, He never fails. I often read the story of Job and think on his plight, it wasn't something that he "deserved", but it brought great glory to God and it proved to the enemy of his soul as well as all who knew him and have read his story since, that God is worthy of worship and praise no matter what is happening in our lives. And it is possible to worship Him through the bad times and in the end God always blesses us more than we He did before all of the trouble. I have found that to be true in my life, that is one of the reasons why I am so devoted to Him today. I have learned that He is good and He is good to me ALL of the time.
Hugs, Cynthia