Tuesday, May 28, 2013

God is good

When I was in seminary, I had a professor who began each class with a call and response.
He would start by saying 'God is good' and we would respond 'All the time'. Then he would say, 'All the time,' and we would finish with 'God is good.'

Then we would proceed to practice our public speaking (preaching) skills and do all sorts of weird breathing exercises that always made me feel like an idiot.

I didn't get much out of the breathing exercises and I have always been good at projecting my voice (some call it bring 'loud'), but I did take with me that call and response - the reminder that God is always good, no matter what. In fact, I can still call up any one of my seminary friends and start out that first line 'God is good' and they will immediately respond with the second.

It doesn't always feel like God is good. Sometimes it doesn't even feel like God is useful or interested in our lives, but He is, on both counts.

Most of the time when we can't find God or see His goodness it' because we are blocking him. There are times when God is silent, but even in the silence he is still present and good.  No matter where we hide, or how fast we try to outrun God, He will always find us and draw us back to him.

Chesney Szaniszlo

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls."

-Matthew 11:28-29

Have you ever come on anything quite like this extravagant generosity of God, this deep, deep wisdom? It’s way over our heads. We’ll never figure it out.
Is there anyone around who can explain God?
Anyone smart enough to tell him what to do?
Anyone who has done him such a huge favor
    that God has to ask his advice?
Everything comes from him;
Everything happens through him;
Everything ends up in him.
Always glory! Always praise!
    Yes. Yes. Yes.

-Romans 11:33-36