Dear Abba, is it true that You are always good?
I don’t have to look far to find someone in pain, struggling, hurting, scarred, and/or broken; and that is just within Your Church.
If You are always good, why are there so many unhealed hurts within the Church, some of which were caused by members of the Church?
Though the Church is Your body, and should work together for Your purpose and glory, yet we don’t always work the way we’re supposed to. Sometimes, one foot decides to go left, while the other decides to go right, but Your face does not hit the ground in that confusion.
You are the Head of the Body, the Church, but the Church does not define the direction of Your feet; You do.
In order for Your Church to grow and be effective, some churches may need to split, some families may have to seek another fellowship, and some individuals may have to enter the mission field with no one to walk beside them.
No matter what it means to follow You, no matter what it costs, may we not be afraid to go wherever You call us to go; to do what You call us to do.
Help us to remember that, just as You are the conqueror of our sin, so, too, are You the conqueror of every mess the world throws at us. You are always sovereign; always seeking our good. For now, we must walk through a world dominated by sin, and we must fight against the darkness that seeks to choke our souls. But praise be to You, oh God, for being our greatest refuge and strength.
The world is not always good, and even Your Church is not always good. But You, Jesus; You are always good.
It is upon You that the Body depends, not You upon the Body.
When some spiritual leaders told Your worshipers to be quiet, You said to them, “I tell you that, if these should hold their peace, the stones would immediately cry out.” (Luke 19:40)
Oh, God, I feel like we are so caught up in our own hurts and feelings of being offended that we have grown silent. But You have not changed! You are always worthy of our worship and praise! You are great, awesome, powerful, and worthy of our fear, yet You rejoice in our love.
Please take away these hearts of stone in us and give us hearts of flesh; that we may be living stones. Give us all one heart and one spirit; that we may walk in Your statutes, keep Your ordinances, and do them; that the world may know that we are Your people and You are our God. (Ezekiel 11:19-20, 36:26-28)
Put away, therefore, all wickedness, all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and all slander. As newborn babies, long for the pure milk of the Word, that you may grow thereby, if indeed you have tasted that the Lord is good. Come to Him, a living stone, rejected indeed by men, but chosen by God, precious. You also, as living stones, are built up as a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. (1 Peter 2:1-5)
Since we live in this world, I know we will still struggle. There will be times when we cry out, over and over again, “Why me?! Why this?! Why now?!” But in those times of sorrow and confusion, may we pour everything out before You, and allow You to fill us, once more, with the promises found in Your Word.
We are forgetful.
We are weak.
But You have chosen to forget our sin, and Your grace is perfected through our weaknesses. (2 Corinthians 12)
So, may we glory in our weaknesses; praying only that You would use them for Your eternal purpose. And may we find our daily sustenance in Your Word, so that we may never forget or deny that You are always good. Amen and Amen.
Oh taste and see that Yahweh is good.
Blessed is the man who takes refuge in Him.
– Psalm 34:8 –
If you still doubt God’s goodness, then let me ask you this question; are you always good?
Of course you’re not! You are only human, after all.
“To err is human; to forgive, divine.” (Alexander Pope)
If, “to err is human,” and “to forgive, divine,” then who is divine?
If forgiveness does not come naturally to the human state, then how, exactly, did it come about?
Where did we learn of mercy, grace, love, and kindness?
Without the intervention of God, no good thing would exist. Sin brought about pain and the infliction of pain, but God has provided the only way to abolish sin, and the only way to overcome the pain in this world. And that Way was paved through His Son, Jesus Christ.
Imagine that you were alive in the time of Christ’s crucifixion, and you stood before Him as He hung on the cross. Would you yell out, “Serves you right!” or would you say to Him, “Have mercy upon me, a sinner!”?
Jesus did not deserve the punishment laid upon His shoulders, but He took that pain in order to take away the punishment each one of us rightfully deserved.
Yes, we will still suffer in this life, even if we acknowledge Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior, but how can the sufferings of this present age compare with the joy waiting for us in Heaven?
God did not have to die for us. He didn’t have to come to earth, live among us, touch the untouchable, and raise the dead; but He did do all of those things, and He also died and rose to life again.
You can deny His existence, you can deny that He died for your sins and rose again, but that belief, no matter how loud you preach it and no matter how many people agree with you, will always be wrong.
For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which will be revealed toward us. For the creation waits with eager expectation for the children of God to be revealed. For the creation was subjected to vanity, not of its own will, but because of him who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself also will be delivered from the bondage of decay into the liberty of the glory of the children of God. For we know that the whole creation groans and travails in pain together until now. Not only so, but ourselves also, who have the first fruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for adoption, the redemption of our body. For we were saved in hope, but hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for that which he sees? But if we hope for that which we don’t see, we wait for it with patience.
In the same way, the Spirit also helps our weaknesses, for we don’t know how to pray as we ought. But the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groanings which can’t be uttered. He who searches the hearts knows what is on the Spirit’s mind, because he makes intercession for the saints according to God.
We know that all things work together for good for those who love God, to those who are called according to his purpose. For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brothers. Those whom He predestined, He also called. Those whom He called, He also justified. And those whom He justified, He also glorified.
What then shall we say about these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who didn’t spare his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how would He not also with Him freely give us all things? Who could bring a charge against God’s chosen ones? It is God who justifies. Who is he who condemns? It is Christ Who died, yes rather, who was raised from the dead, who is at the right hand of God, who also makes intercession for us.
Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Could oppression, anguish, persecution, famine, nakedness, peril, or sword? Even as it is written, “For your sake we are killed all day long. We were accounted as sheep for the slaughter.”
No, in all these things, we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. Amen and Amen. (Romans 8:18-39)
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