Despite all these things, the Lord is good.

There are times, when I have the tendency to get caught up in the world around me. My surroundings seems to be going a bit crazy. My scene is blurry, questions are raised, bleakness sets in. A friend dies, a loved one deserts, a parent becomes sick, a child rebels. Politics aren’t going your way. The economy just hit you hard. I don’t care what national party you are a part of, what affiliation you claim, what bills you hate or support – the world around us looks bleak right now. There is an oil crisis in the gulf, homegrown terrorists are showing up across the states, the bank account seems to be diminishing, immigration is under fire. The States are turning against each other. The US is apologizing to other world governments for our behavior. War is being raged on multiple continents. The stock market has plummeted. Yes, let’s just say the American frontier is not a pretty one right now…I mean it’s hideous really. Absolutely hideous. And I’m saying this in all my American patriotism. During all of these times when things don’t look good, it is very easy to think that God no longer cares, or that God perhaps isn’t good. Isn’t it amazing how God’s goodness comes under fire when things aren’t going people’s way, but as soon as things go their way God is suddenly AMAZING again!

No, my friend, God is always AMAZING! Life isn’t perfect. Men and women aren’t perfect. Sin is present in the world, and thus shifts things a little, but even through all of the mess around you, God is there. God is there working things out even when you cannot seem to find any goodness anywhere.

As Christians, as believers of Jesus Christ, as heirs and heiresses of His gifts of love, joy, and peace, the world around us is not the scene we must set our hopes and dreams on. This is not the forecast that we must pay most attention to. It’s raining out West right now, but I’m not out West. I’m in North Carolina. The rain is background news to me. I cannot worry about the rain that isn’t around me right now, and even when it does arrive here in the next two days, I’ll have to grab my umbrella, wellies, and rain coat, and head out. I cannot stop living because of the rain. My life is not dictated by the weather forecast. Right now, at this present time, the thing that stands in the forefront of my mind is found in Psalms 118. This is my forecast. This is what I am basing my life off of right now. My world around me might be swirling, but at the center is this rock, my Lord. This is what dictates my thoughts and my actions today. Not the news, not my family, not my friends, not the weather.  Please read the entire Psalm and soak it in. The words are rich with the wonder and love of God. Read it and relish in the promises from God.

Psalm 118

1 Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good;
his love endures forever.

2 Let Israel say:
“His love endures forever.”

3 Let the house of Aaron say:
“His love endures forever.”

4 Let those who fear the LORD say:
“His love endures forever.”

5 In my anguish I cried to the LORD,
and he answered by setting me free.

6 The LORD is with me; I will not be afraid.
What can man do to me?

7 The LORD is with me; he is my helper.
I will look in triumph on my enemies.

8 It is better to take refuge in the LORD
than to trust in man.

9 It is better to take refuge in the LORD
than to trust in princes.

These verses especially appeal to me. We cannot put our trust in man, nor princes (or in the US’s case, the Executive, Legislative, and Judicial branches of our government.)

They are mere men. They are men and women just like you and me. They struggle with sin just as much as we do. They are all going to make mistakes, some are going to do what is right in their own eyes, and some are going to try to gain power, prestige, and money. And while I’m sure, there are some that do want to do what is right for the country as a whole, I must remind myself that everything is still in God’s hands and my faith cannot be in them.

10 All the nations surrounded me,
but in the name of the LORD I cut them off.

11 They surrounded me on every side,
but in the name of the LORD I cut them off.

12 They swarmed around me like bees,
but they died out as quickly as burning thorns;
in the name of the LORD I cut them off.

13 I was pushed back and about to fall,
but the LORD helped me.

14 The LORD is my strength and my song;
he has become my salvation.

15 Shouts of joy and victory
resound in the tents of the righteous:
“The LORD’s right hand has done mighty things!

16 The LORD’s right hand is lifted high;
the LORD’s right hand has done mighty things!”

17 I will not die but live,
and will proclaim what the LORD has done.

18 The LORD has chastened me severely,
but he has not given me over to death.

Sometimes we might feel like God has His pressure on us, or perhaps that everything is going completely against us. Perhaps we feel that God has abandoned us, but that is not the case. God will never put more on us than we can bear. He promises to never leave us.

19 Open for me the gates of righteousness;
I will enter and give thanks to the LORD.

20 This is the gate of the LORD
through which the righteous may enter.

21 I will give you thanks, for you answered me;
you have become my salvation.

22 The stone the builders rejected
has become the capstone;

23 the LORD has done this,
and it is marvelous in our eyes.

24 This is the day the LORD has made;
let us rejoice and be glad in it.

25 O LORD, save us;
O LORD, grant us success.

26 Blessed is he who comes in the name of the LORD.
From the house of the LORD we bless you. [a]

27 The LORD is God,
and he has made his light shine upon us.
With boughs in hand, join in the festal procession
up [b] to the horns of the altar.

28 You are my God, and I will give you thanks;
you are my God, and I will exalt you.

29 Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good;
his love endures forever.

I know this is short. This is me being completely uncharacteristic. However, there are times when the Bible simply sums everything up, and there is not much more anyone can say even someone as long-winded as I am.

Despite the weather, despite the economy, despite the politics, despite your family, friends, environment, the Lord is good. In all things, He is good. Our human eyes might not see His goodness at times, but He is there as an undercurrent always. He loves. He endures.

Take your mind off the things around you, and set your heart on the things above. Set your eyes, heart, and mind on the goodness and love of God.

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2 thoughts on “Despite all these things, the Lord is good.

  1. Love it!!I Needed to read this! 🙂 Thanks as always for such a great insight! I am forwading this to lots of people!! 🙂

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