Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Is God Still Good?

There seems to be this constant vein running thru everything I'm studying/watching/reading/hearing lately, and that's the idea of calling, or purpose. In the last few days it's been coupled with contentment.
Whatever you're called to, wherever God has you, whatever is going on in your life, be content.
Easier said than done, right?

Or maybe it isn't.

If things are going well, and everything is lining up nicely for me, I have no problem being content. We sold our old house very quickly. We have been blessed beyond what we could've hoped for in our new home. We're in a great neighborhood. There are lots of kids for Colby and Molly to play with. If we ever decide to put them in the school system, our neighborhood feeds the best schools in the district.
So, yeah, you bet I'm content.

But what if that wasn't the case?
What about yesterday when I got annoyed at something a friend of mine did and allowed it to affect my attitude?
Or the the day before that when I got even more annoyed and also let me feelings get hurt at something a different friend did?
Pity party for one? Yep.

What happened to the contentment?

I once received a text that read, "It all worked out. God is good."
What if it hadn't 'worked out'? Does that make God any less good?

It made me ask myself, is my opinion of the goodness of a holy and sovereign God dependent on my circumstances? Is yours?
If it doesn't work out
If you don't get the job
If you're called to move away from your friends and family
If you lose a loved one to a terminal illness
If you're kids are making bad choices
If things just aren't going the way you want them to
Is HE any less good?

I've said this before, but sometimes I just need to get over myself. Everything I have is more than I deserve.
God is good. All the time.
With that I will be content.

Psalm 23:6a-- Surely your goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life. (NLT)

Psalm 145:9a-- But the Eternal's goodness is not exclusive-it is offered freely to all. (The Voice)

Jeremiah 31:14b-- and my people shall by satisfied with my goodness, declares the Lord. (ESV)

1 Timothy 6:6-- True godliness with contentment is itself great wealth. (NLT)

Phillipians 4:11b-- for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. (NIV)

I just started a book called The Resolution for Women. The very first chapter is the resolution to be content. It poses a great question I'd like to leave you with. Think on it, mull it over, or if you feel like it doesn't apply to you right now, then just tuck it away for later.

What might God be trying to grow in your character or cement in your relationship with Him by keeping you separated from some of the things you want but don't yet have?


Dawn Welch said...

Great post... again! Just hoping I wasn't one of the friends referenced. Just in case... I'm sorry! :) Let me know how you like that book.

matt cook said...

You've hit upon something I think about all the time. We don't even think about when we choose to proclaim God's goodness. We just do it when something good happens and tend to overlook it when something bad happens. What does this say about us? Great thought, Amy.