Pastor Chris shares with Part 2 of our God is Good series talking a little different than last week. The focus was on the Goodness of God even when the times are not so Good. But what about focusing on the Goodness of God when the times are Good? We unknowingly or not tend to take back over after the bad times have come and life seems to just be alright. That is seems we really don’t “need” God anymore because, well, life is Good.
But the fact of the matter is, God is never absent. Both in the bad and the good times, He is always there. God is never absent. So why are we? Whether we “feel” like it or not, we need God with every breath we breathe. We need to be in constant conversation with Him (a.k.a. Prayer), to be dwelling on His ways (a.k.a. reading His Word), and to be seeking His purpose in our daily lives.
So often we are the story of the ten lepers that Jesus heals. After Jesus had healed them only 1 came back to thank Jesus. Only 1 of the 10 came back and showed Christ how grateful and thankful that he was. Too often, I act like the other nine men—I receive God’s blessing, but don’t pause to thank him. I want to be that one who remembers how God has rescued me. The one who is overwhelmed with Jesus’ kindness and love toward me. I want to become like the one who returned.
But we get into that comparison game with those around us. “Thank you God for the blessing, but Jimmy over there got more blessing. Can I have more?” We live in a glass 1/2 empty kinda world. What is your approach to the Goodness of God? Are you glass 1/2 full? Or are you a gladdest 1/2 empty? Because we know that God is Good all of the time. It really comes down to how we respond to and react to His Goodness.
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 says, “Let joy be your continual feast. Make your life a prayer. And in the midst of everything be always giving thanks, for this is God’s perfect plan for you in Christ Jesus.” We usually think of this verse in the negative, but flip that around. “In the Good Times…Let joy be your continual feast.” “In the Good Times…Make your life a prayer.” “And in the midst of THE GOOD TIMES be always giving thanks, for this is God’s perfect plan for you in Christ Jesus.”
It is all about Intentionality and removing excuses. How will you become more aware of and reflect on the Goodness of God? What can you do to increase your gratitude that when life if good, you praise the God that is Good?
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