Is God Good?

michelangelo-71282 - pixabay use freelyDay 2 of the Navigator’s “30 Days of Praying the Names and Attributes of God.”   (click on name to go to their site)

We’re just getting started on the challenge of thinking about our prayers to God… their quality and Biblical basis.  Are our prayers focused on worship, praise, and thanksgiving or are they an unending list of things we want or think we need?

You ask and do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, so that you may spend it on your pleasures.      James 4:3

 

I hope you’re being stretched in your thoughts about prayer in general and your prayers specifically.

quoting from the Navigator tool:

God is Good.

God is the embodiment of perfect goodness, and is kind, benevolent, and full of good will toward all creation.

You are good and do good; Teach me Your statutes.       Psalm 119:68 

When you pray, do you really believe God is good?  Many of us pray fearfully, thinking if we don’t do things just right, God is ready to hit us with a big bat.  We worry about stepping out of line.  We worry about not doing enough to please God… and He’s going to be mad about it.

Do you really, truly believe that God is good and whatever action He takes in your life is for your benefit?  God’s Word says you should.  Even when we go our own way and disobey Him, He corrects and disciplines us in order to do good for us.

O taste and see that the Lord is good; How blessed is the man who takes refuge in Him!       Psalm 34:8  

For the Lord is good; His lovingkindness is everlasting And His faithfulness to all generations.       Psalm 100:5  

Praise the Lord, for the Lord is good; Sing praises to His name, for it is lovely.       Psalm 135:3  

The Lord is good to all, And His mercies are over all His works.       Psalm 145:9   

If you really believe Him to be good and that He only has good in His plans for you, then why worry?  Why fret about what’s going to happen?  Why go through your life scared that you are somehow not going to live up to His expectations of you – and He’s ready to smash you in a fit of anger?

Stop.  Think.  Pray.  He loves you and only wants the very best for you.  Isn’t that worth proclaiming at His feet, “Father you are indeed good.  You only have my best interest in mind.  When I sin, I wander away from Your best for me.  You correct me, You nudge me back, sometimes You even have to spank me, but I know, it is only for my good.  Thank You that all Your power is put to work for my good.  Help me always remember your goodness toward me.  The goodness of grace shown while I was still a sinner; the goodness of mercy when You extend a loving hand when I only deserve judgment.  I stand in awe of Your goodness.  Amen.”

“In the wilderness He fed you manna which your fathers did not know, that He might humble you and that He might test you, to do good for you in the end.           Deuteronomy 8:16

 Think about it…

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