Phil Fischer with Jesus Lives – A Devotion on “Trust In The Goodness Of God”
God is too good to be unkind and He is too wise to be mistaken. And when we cannot trace His hand, we must trust His heart. ~C.H. Spurgeon
America has gone through a lot of changes over the past year. The transition from the Trump administration to the Biden administration has many of us feeling overwhelmed. Intimidating world powers now question American authority. The security of our American freedoms is vulnerable, possibly jeopardized. Vaccine passports are here and will soon usher in segregation and oppression. Cancel culture threatens our freedom of speech. Racial uprisings are instigated and spurred on by angry crowds. Violence is increasing. Politicians, those elected to represent the people, are showing their true colors and the colors are not so pretty! America, one nation under God, now seems to be running away from God.
The Bible defines God’s goodness in two ways: His character and His actions. Psalm 119:68 speaks of both. This scripture reminds us that God is by nature good and shows us His goodness through His handiwork.
“You are good and do good; Teach me Your statutes.” Psalm 119:68 (NKJV)
Lately, increasing evil makes the world appear to be imploding with wickedness, like in the days of Noah. It isn’t easy to carry on as light bearers of Jesus Christ, but we must. We are called to share the Good News. Evil, obstacles, or persecutions are no reason for us to give up.
“You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead, they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.” Matthew 5:14-16 (NKJV)
If you are feeling down, overwhelmed, or discouraged go to the Word of God. It will remind you of our Lord’s faithfulness, goodness, grace, love, and mercy. The words will inspire you to walk on. Remembering men like Jacob, Elijah, Moses, Ezekiel, and David will put things into perspective. They faced hard times, but God’s grace was their covering.
This week, an old worship song played on my songlist. The Days of Elijah built me up. I was reminded that even in days of great trial I can praise God for my salvation and look forward to His future return. Trusting God with the cares of my heart allowed me the freedom to worship the God of yesterday, today, and tomorrow.
“These are the days of Elijah, declaring the word of the Lord
And these are the days of Your servant Moses, righteousness being restored.
And though these are days of great trial, of famine and darkness and sword,
Still, we are the voice in the desert crying ‘Prepare ye the way of the Lord!’
Behold He comes riding on the clouds shining like the sun at the trumpet call, Lift your voice, it’s the year of jubilee, and out of Zion’s hill salvation comes.”
May the God of goodness be your cup of hope today. Drink freely, then share this hope with those placed in your path. Our Lord is good and is a strong tower in times of trouble.
“I would have lost heart, unless I had believed that I would see the goodness of the Lord
In the land of the living.” Psalm 27:13 (NKJV)
“The Lord is good, a stronghold in the day of trouble; And He knows those who trust in Him.” Nahum 1:7 (NKJV)