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Pastor's Blog - October 2011

“God is Good all the Time!

 

The Psalmist states in 100:4 - 5   “Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name.  5 For the LORD is GOOD; ... While in Africa many years ago, this wonderful truth was reinforced to me over and over again. When I would use the phrase God is Good the local people would automatically without delay come back with the response;  “All the Time, God is Good!” That is a message that we should never forget, “God is Good All the Time!

 

Friends Thanksgiving is so important, and God expects us to Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name, for His Goodness. In Luke 17:11 is say; “And it came to pass, as he went to Jerusalem, that he passed through the midst of Samaria and Galilee. 12 And as he entered into a certain village, there met him ten men that were lepers, which stood afar off: 13 and they lifted up their voices, and said, Jesus, Master, have mercy on us.  14 And when he saw them, he said unto them, go show yourselves unto the priests. And it came to pass, that, as they went, they were cleansed.  15 And one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, and with a loud voice glorified God, 16 and fell down on his face at his feet, giving him thanks: and he was a Samaritan. 17 And Jesus answering said, was there not ten cleansed? But where are the nine?

 

Jesus expected thanks from them All for His Goodness! He said “Were there not ten cleansed? But where are the other nine? Thanksgiving is so important; we are living in the most ungrateful time ever in our history. 2 Tim 3:2 states “For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,” It seems our generation do not have the same appreciation toward God for His goodness as past generations.

Sometimes "The hardest arithmetic to master is that which enables us to count our blessings." "Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name. For the Lord is good ..." Without much effort, all of us could draw up a list of reasons for which we could give God thanks: Our Families; Our Freedom; Our Place to live, Our Food, Our Clothing, His Protection etc. However, in psalm 100, notice we're asked to give thanks to the Lord simply because He is Good. We should honour God, first and foremost, not for what he does but for who He is.

 

The psalmist declared: “The Lord is good ..." We as God’s people need to realize that even thought we may find ourselves in the midst of difficulty from time to time that we are still the recipients of God’s Goodness. David while facing some very difficult moments in his life could still say in Ps 23:4-6   “Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.  5 Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.  6   Surely GOODNESS and MERCY shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever.

 

We should take time in the midst of whatever situation we maybe facing in life to praise and thank God for his Goodness! Hebrews 13:15 teaches, ” by him therefore  let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name.”

 

Someone said I am thankful for.........

 

  • The taxes I pay, because it means I’m employed.
  • The clothes that fit a little too snug, because it means I have enough to eat.
  • a lawn that needs mowing, windows that need cleaning and gutters that need fixing because it means I have a home.
  • The spot I find at the far end of the parking lot because it means I am capable of walking.
  • My huge heating bill, because it means I am warm.
  • All the complaining I hear about our government because it means we have freedom of speech.
  • The person behind me in church who sings off key because it means that I can hear.
  • Weariness and aching muscles at the end of the day because it means I have been productive.

 

You see, maturity realizes everything Good is from God. “His goodness is an ocean that has no shore, a mountain that has no summit, a road that has no end, not meagre, but much, not skimpy, but sufficient, not little, but limitless, not barely, but bountiful, not feeble, but full.” His goodness never grows old and is never outdated. The more you rely upon it, the more reliable you discover it to be. The more you trust his goodness, the more trustworthy you’ll find his goodness to be.

Psa 34:8  O taste and see that the LORD is Good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him.
 
“God is Good all the Time!

 

Blessings!