Tuesday, October 21, 2014

SERMON: God is good all the time

By DAVID BILDERBACK, Special to The Ottawa Herald | 5/16/2014

When the liturgist at our church says, “God is good,” the congregation responds, “all the time.”

The liturgist then says, “And all the time,” and the congregation finishes, “God is good.”

When the liturgist at our church says, “God is good,” the congregation responds, “all the time.”

The liturgist then says, “And all the time,” and the congregation finishes, “God is good.”

The Bible describes the goodness of God in many ways. God’s goodness consists of righteousness, holiness, justice, kindness, grace, mercy and love. These attributes are called God’s moral attributes.

One of God’s natural attributes is that he is changeless. Progress and change characterize some of His works, but God Himself remains unchanged.

Jesus Christ is “the same yesterday, today and forever” (Hebrews 13:8). God does not change, otherwise He would not be perfect. Thus, what we know of God can be known with certainty. So I believe I can say with certainty God is good.

Sometimes, when things happen in our lives, that doesn’t always seem to be the case. We question God.

But God has made it clear we are not going to understand or agree with everything He does.

In Isaiah 55:8, the Lord says, “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways.” This statement does not mean we can’t know the mind of God, for I believe we can. However if we shut God out of our lives, we will know nothing of Him.

People who have alienated themselves from God might feel alone or abandoned when some crises arise. They have not developed a relationship with God and all they can feel is the weight of the crisis at hand. What they lack is faith.

Someone once defined faith as “the confidence that God is greater than we are.” Faith is the byproduct of a relationship with God. Spiritual rebirth and faith occur almost simultaneously. We are only reborn once but our faith continues to grow until we understand what Jesus meant when he said, “Come to me all you who are weak and heavy laden and I will give you rest” (Matthew 11:28).

When a parent disciplines a child in order to protect them, what might seem at the time to the child as being bad is really for his or her own benefit. The parent is greater than the child. This is the natural order of things.

It follows as well that God our creator and sustainer is greater than we are. As I said, sometimes things happen that seem to need only our direction. What we need to remember is nothing happens in our life that God is not aware of. If we give God His time, He will work out all circumstances to our benefit. Otherwise He would not be a good God.

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