Saturday, July 29, 2017

Finishing with Joy

It's been a really busy few months in our lives, and there have been ups and downs as with every change. About a week ago, this verse really spoke to me.

Acts 20:24 - "But none of these things move me, neither count I my life dear onto myself, so that I might finish my course with joy, and the ministry, which I have received of the Lord Jesus, to testify of the gospel of the grace of God."

It's my desire to finish my ministry and life on earth with joy, and this verse tells me how this can happen.

There are two things I must not do.

I can't let the things of this earth move me away from Christ and what I know about Him.
I can't count my life too important to myself.

Troubles can cause us to be tempted to question God. We begin to move away from thoughts of Him and what He can do, and we focus on ourselves. Life becomes all about "me."

A self-centered, anxious focus does not bring joy.

A focus on who Christ is and His sovereignty in our circumstances brings freedom and joy.

Saturday, May 13, 2017

God is Good

Sometimes I cringe at these words. Is it because I don't think God is good? No

I cringe because it is too often used when things in life look good in our own estimation.

When the test results are good, when the house sells, when the job comes through, when the cancer is gone. I could definitely go on.

But the reality is that God doesn't change. Being good is part of Who He Is.

I could have had a 3rd child in Mother's day pictures this year, but God is still good.

My youngest son could have walked this year, but instead, he rode on a carousel for the first time. God is still good.

We could have bought a house 9 years ago and been living there all these years never moving and having anything change, but since God is good, and that did not happen, we know that what did happen was best.

We make choices, but God is in control of all things, as we trust Him, acknowledge Him, and follow Him and His Word in life.

Romans 8:28 tells us that all things work for our ultimate good - this means the good that glorifies God.

I appreciate some of my dad's posts on Facebook, because he ends his post with God is Good no matter how hard a day he mentioned having. It's true. God is good on our worst and best days. It is just easier to remember when things go how we desire them to go.

I think of the song written to music by Jonathan Hamilton 4 years ago before his passing - "God is always good - Only good."

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Active Relationship

Reading Psalm 100 last night, something stood out to me. It's a very active passage.

Make a joyful noise to the Lord
Serve the Lord - gladly
Come before Him with singing
Know Him
Enter thankfully every part of your time with the Lord: be thankful to Him and bless His name.

He is good
His mercy is everlasting
His truth endures to all generations