Why is God is good?
If you’ve been around church for longer than a week, you have heard someone say, “God is so good!”
If you are on the mountain top right now, you might be the one shouting, “God is good!” But if you are then one in the valley, you could be the one asking God, “Can you show me your goodness?”
With the pace of life, thankfulness is not something we usually stop and take notice of. We hear about it on Sunday mornings and, of course, at Thanksgiving. But we don’t stop long enough in our day to day life to recognize all of the goodness He shows us on a daily basis. Even if you’re on the mountain top right now, and I’ve been guilty of this, I will tell God how thankful I am during my devotion time in the mornings, but the Word says,
“Always be joyful.
Never stop praying.
Be thankful in all circumstances,
for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.”
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
Our thankfulness should always be on our lips and we should looking for opportunities to tell Him how thankful we are!
What if you’re in the valley right now and you’re the person asking God to show you His goodness? I would encourage you in this: God can use anything, including the worst of things, to strengthen us and help us serve others. We can be thankful that He entrusts us with a dark experience because this is, yet, another opportunity of you to trust Him. He promises us in the Bible that He will never leave us or forsake us and all things work together for the good of those who love Him and are called according to His purpose.
We can also be thankful for the hard times because it makes us who we are. Each time we go through something, we learn a new side to God. God has so many facets that we can’t possibly comprehend all that He really is. But when we go through hard times and He brings us through those times, we discover something new and amazing about Him. Often when we go through hard times, its something we haven’t gone through before (otherwise it would be an easy time). So when we are asking Him to pull us up out of that hardship, we can trust and rely on Him to reveal Himself to us in a new way. Run after Him and look for the new things you can learn about your Creator!
I want to leave you with some verses and questions you can ask while sitting down for Thanksgiving dinner. If you’re the one cooking or traveling or organizing family coming into town, we usually get so busy that we don’t stop and really understand WHY we are so thankful and why God is so good. So maybe on your way to the your families or after you’ve finished up the last bite of pie, you can sit down, read the verses and ask yourselves these questions. Give God the time to show you all that He does and why He is such a loving God!
“For your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom.
You rule throughout all generations.
The Lord always keeps his promises;
he is gracious in all he does.[b] The Lord helps the fallen
and lifts those bent beneath their loads.
The eyes of all look to you in hope;
you give them their food as they need it.
When you open your hand,
you satisfy the hunger and thirst of every living thing.
The Lord is righteous in everything he does;
he is filled with kindness.
The Lord is close to all who call on him,
yes, to all who call on him in truth.
He grants the desires of those who fear him;
he hears their cries for help and rescues them.”
Psalm 145: 13-19
What are three things that always make you smile?
What random acts of kindness have you received this year?
What made you laugh the hardest this past year?
Who is the most grateful person you know?
What does the term “give thanks” mean to you?
What have others done that has benefitted by life—even if I don’t know who those people are?
What relationships am I thankful for?
What am I taking for granted that, if I stop to think about it, I am grateful for?
How can I be thankful for the challenges that I’ve experienced? What did I learn from them?
How is my life different today than it was a year ago? How can I be thankful for those changes?
What insights have I gained that I am grateful for?
Who do I appreciate? Why?
What material possessions am I thankful for?What about my surroundings (home/neighborhood/city/etc.) am I thankful for?
What opportunities do I have that I am thankful for?
Where can I help people more?
How can I say thank you more?