By: Tim Sader
For it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose. (Philippians 2:13)
Last week we learned what we gain and leave behind when we meet Jesus at the cross. We worshiped Him with the song At The Cross (love ran red) by Chris Tomlin. We get to meet Jesus on the cross because God is good and He loved us enough to sacrifice His own Son. When we pick Jesus we choose God and we are to have His will and actions so we can fulfill His purpose. All the purposes of God are good because He is a good Father to His children. This week will be a special song from the worship team at Ashley Ridge Church where I attended regularly in Summerville, SC. The song from their first worship album we will worship to today is Good, Good Father by Ashley Ridge Worship. The link is https://youtu.be/P4zje0uOcDw or search for the song title and artist on YouTube. With only 13 days this live recording was planned when it usually takes months of planning for a project like this. They didn’t know if it would turn out but it was almost perfect so this album is a miraculous testimony of how good God is when our faith meets His will. The album is called Beginnings and it can be found on Itunes. There are thousands of stories about what we think God is like. Most often He is a tender whisper of love on a dark night. He tells us that He is pleased and with Him we are never alone. He’s a Good, Good Father and we are loved by Him. Through the stress, busyness and the battles of daily life it can be hard to see His goodness at times. His goodness is laughter, a cool breeze on a hot day, clean laundry, a touch from a loved one or a kind word spoken to us. Sometimes it is noticeable but when it isn’t that doesn’t mean He forgot how to be good to us.
When bad things happen it is easy to blame God but evil exists and it is a relentless opponent to everything good. Even parents who are evil know how to give good gifts to their children. They will not give them a stone for bread or a snake for a fish. So our Father in heaven surely will give good gifts to those who ask for them (Matthew 7:9-11). At bad times if we embrace God instead of blame Him we can find the strength we need to make it through. Some Jewish opponents of Christ were about to stone Him and He said, “I have shown you many good works from the Father. For which of these do you stone me (John 10:31-32)?” Jesus was doing all these good things in Israel and they missed it to the point of trying to kill Him. Let us not miss His goodness by accusing Him for everything that is wrong in our world. We know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose (Romans 8:28). We have been called for His purpose if we are believers in Christ so He works all things together for our good. This scripture is one of debate when situations happen and no good can be seen in them. The only answer I know to give is that God sees a bigger picture then we see and if we believe He is good we will trust that goodness will prevail. Through Christ we are prepared for good works which God prepared in advance for us to do (Ephesians 2:10). The Lord loved us so by grace we can be encouraged and have hope that He will strengthen and encourage us (2 Thessalonians 2:16-17). To do good we cannot do things like the world; we must train our minds to recognize what the will of God is (Romans 12:2). If we do not imitate what is evil but what is good we are doing the will of God but if we are evil we don’t know Him. Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming from a Good Good Father, who never changes (James 1:17). If God has been good He must still be good or God changed and that cannot happen. He is good, He loves us, in deep darkness He is there and He will work it out for His good purpose.
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No one lights a lamp and hides it in a clay jar or puts it under a bed. Instead, they put it on a stand, so that those who come in can see the light. Luke 8:16