“All my life you have been faithful.” I love this song by Bethel Music! We often hear it beautifully sung by our worship team. As I was preparing thoughts on the reading for today, many of the themes reminded me of this song and the “goodness of God.”
To be called “his beloved” or “the people you love” (Ps 108:6)
To be “sons and daughters” (Gal. 4:6) “known by God” (Gal 4:9)
It cannot get any better than to be the beloved, known by “the highest Ruler, with authority over every other power” (Col 2:10).
You might ask, “Can we believe that, considering some of the challenges we are facing? COVID 19, lawlessness, unrest, and anger in so much of our world today; . Students going back to school with a new set of rules. Church looking so different when all we want to do is hug someone or sing in service or take young children to children’s service? Where is the goodness of God in all of this?” I can tell you from personal experience where the goodness of God is. I love Isaiah 45:3 – “I will give you the treasures of darkness” … treasures! So much of my spiritual growth and maturity has come from those dark places. It is here where I have asked, cried, begged, and pleaded with God. It is here where he has come without fail. Isaiah 44-46: “I am God, and there is no other;” “I will make the rough places smooth.”
I know my treasures learned in darkness don’t come from a place where some of our missionaries serve - seeing persecution, famine, or extreme poverty. However, Galatians was written by Paul, who did understand and showed us how to be victorious personally – in all circumstances.
God has a master plan and he will have the last say. My Bible footnote referencing Isaiah 45:7 says: ”God is not the author of sin. Man has the power of free will and contrary choice. Since all sin is basically rebellion against God, it is impossible for him to have created it.”
So, take heart dear Senior, Baby Boomer, Gen X, Xennials, Millennials, Gen Y, Z and Gen Alpha. “Keep standing firm” (Gal. 5:1) for you are the beloved, sons and daughters, and he calls you by your name!
Recently retired motorcycle enthusiast who serves so well alongside her husband