Are there times in life when you have trouble seeing the goodness of God? I think we’ve all had moments, circumstances and even seasons when we’ve wondered what God was doing and where He was in the midst of it all. Undoubtedly, there will be things in this life we will never fully understand and that cause us to wonder how God can bring good out of the situation.
But, His thoughts are not our thoughts, and His ways are not our ways (Isaiah 55:8-9). We can rest and trust in the promises of God’s Word and who He is, even when we don’t fully understand the why and see the good with our earthly eyes.
We are confident that God is able to orchestrate everything to work toward something good and beautiful when we love Him and accept His invitation to live according to His plan. From the distant past, His eternal love reached into the future. You see, He knew those who would be His one day, and He chose them beforehand to be conformed to the image of His Son so that Jesus would be the firstborn of a new family of believers, all brothers and sisters. As for those He chose beforehand, He called them to a different destiny so that they would experience what it means to be made right with God and share in His glory. So what should we say about all of this? If God is on our side, then tell me: whom should we fear? —Romans 8:28-31 (The Voice)
I also know that many times in my life, distractions keep me from seeing God’s goodness. I make the things of this world more important and greater in my sight. I am more captivated with the things of the world, than I am with my God. I seek satisfaction and fulfillment in the things that are fleeting and temporary. I lose sight of who God is.
Praise refocuses my gaze and gives me a new perspective.
Read Psalm 135:1-9.
What do you learn about the goodness and greatness of God in this passage?
Read Psalm 135:15-18.
These verses give us a word picture and description of idols, other gods. How do the idols, other gods, compare to what we learn about who God is in verses 1-8?
Remember an idol in our lives is not just a carved image, but anything we give greater worth to or anything we turn to instead of God.
For I know that the Lord is great, and that our Lord is above all gods. —Psalm 135:5
How do these verses help us to trust God and His goodness even when life is hard and the good is difficult to discern?
Sing His praises! Spend some time reflecting on the verses from today and on the fact that God is good! Where have you seen God’s goodness even when life is hard?
It’s my prayer that through this series we will, “from the rising of the sun to its setting”, praise our amazing God! We’ll take the Word for the day and think about it, ponder it, pray it and practice it. We’ll allow it to really SOAK into our hearts and lives. And then we’ll SHINE — boast, rave, praise and celebrate God’s presence in our lives, reflecting Jesus to those around us.
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