Praise the Lord! Praise God in his sanctuary; praise him in his mighty heaven! Praise him for his mighty works; praise his unequaled greatness! Let everything that breathes sing praises to the Lord! Praise the Lord!
Psalms 150:1, 2, 6 NLT
People say, “God is good all of the time, and all of the time God is good”, and I want us to stop and really think about this phrase.
God is good, not just simply a doer of good, He is good, and He is goodness. All of the good things that we receive are from God, conceived by God, created by God, and delivered by God. This is a constant and unchanging fact. There is no other source of good. All goodness comes from God.
Then we must go a step farther to remind ourselves that even in times of pain, sorrow, loss, and frustration, God’s goodness surrounds us. God is good to us even at our lowest point. God spares us from a lot of things. God opens our eyes to infinite possibilities, even when in our under-exercised minds, we see limits.
Man diagnoses. God heals. Man puts limits. God has no limits. Man fears and doubts. God is all in all. Man stops. God overcomes.
We rush quickly to man for solutions, healing, reassurance, uplifting, and protection—when we should first turn to God and continue to pray and believe, even when our eyes and minds don’t register the blessings coming our way. When we are healed we give praises to man, not God. When you pray over someone and they are healed, it was not your doing, it was all God.
Being faced with human death opens our eyes to the beauty of life. That, ironically is also a gift from God. Things we took for granted we now fully embrace and appreciate. We mourn not just what we had but also what we could have. We keep both feet in the past and the future, without being settled in the present.
When you hear someone say, “God is good all of the time” don’t be so quick to respond, “and all of the time, God is good” without truly and passionately meaning it. If you’re just saying as a form of call and response, then you’re wasting time and giving false testimony. Your words about God being good all of the time, are praise for His constant works in and through you. It’s better to say nothing at all than hypocritically speak on behalf of something that you don’t believe. God knows the truth, even if others don’t. Don’t mock Him.
If you believe that God is good all of the time, then never a time should you doubt or be angry with Him. If you believe that God’s goodness is never-ending and always present, then you should be free from worry and fear. If you believe that God brings you gifts and blessings, then you should never detour from reaching out to Him in Jesus’ name, in prayer—and you should never be so quick to seek man’s medicine over God’s healing ‘touch’. This is not to say, don’t take medicine. I’m saying, seek God first and let Him direct your steps. Maybe medicine will be an aide or maybe not.
Yes, it’s true, God IS good and He is good ALL of the time.
It can be difficult to think of goodness during times of despair. I know that I struggle with this. One thing that I know to always be true, even in the loneliest hour, God is still there—seeking a stronger and deeper connection with us. He is waiting for us to turn to Him for comfort and direction. He knows His worth. He knows what He can do.
But do you?
Praise Him and share with the world your love for our Heavenly Father. You don’t need to be a minister, preacher, pastor, bishop, priest, or other formalized religious leader to serve God through ministry. You don’t need a title to share God’s love with the masses. You just need to get out there and share!
If you are a believer then believe. If you are a follower then follow. If you are both a believer and follower, then you know what to do—believe and faithfully follow. I love you all!
Father, You are Good, and everything good that happens to me or that I receive is because of You. You are Love. I am grateful for the love that I receive from You, and through Your children. When times get rough or unbearable please touch my heart to not question You, to not be so overwhelmed that I don’t pick myself up quickly and keep marching forward. Strengthen me Lord to know You and to remember that I am Yours —always protected, and always equipped with the tools and skills needed in life. There is no better, greater, stronger, wiser, more patient, forgiving, or more loving than You. I love You Father. Amen.
Happy Monday family. I pray that you have a blessed day and week. I pray that those who survived natural and unnatural disasters are praising the Lord. I pray that those who feel a loss (because loved ones have transitioned) are looking inwardly and praising God for the time that they had with their loved ones—and praying that their loved ones are at peace during and after their transition. I pray that families lift themselves up and remember that the mission is not over. You’re still here. Take those next steps forward.
God is still good and still does good. Don’t lose your faith.
Love your sister in Christ,
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