God Is Great. God Is Good.

You remember the old prayer you used to say before eating, “God is great. God is good. Let us thank Him for our food…?” I think over the years as life has gotten more complicated, we tend to make our relationships with God a lot more complicated. This being the case, I decided to get back to the basics by simply remembering that “God is great and God is good.”

Let’s start this week by re-wording that childhood prayer:

God is GREAT. God is GOOD. Let us thank Him for MORE than food!

11 One thing God has spoken,
   two things have I heard:
that you, O God, are strong, 
 12 and that you, O Lord, are loving.

Psalm 62:11-12a

There are 3 points I want you to know so that you can fully understand that God is great and God is good:

1. God has been good to you

I know one of my greatest struggles in my faith is being thankful for what God has already done in my life. When it comes to my prayer life, I very quickly bring God my wish list or the things I’m struggling with, but I rarely take the time to give thinks for the things God has blessed me with.

If you don’t read anything else in this blog, read this: YOU ARE BLESSED! God has not only been good to you through the things he’s provided for you. He’s also been good to you in the things He’s protected you from!

Before you read another sentence, take a few minutes to thank God for being good to you.

2. God’s subtraction sometimes means addition

I know that point doesn’t make sense on the surface, but hear me out. Throughout our lives, when God removes something or someone from our lives, we tend to believe it means that our life is on a downward spiral. The reality is that when God removes someone/something from your life, it’s not because your life is diminishing, it’s because God is making room for something greater!

God subtracts so that he can add something greater to your life. Stop again and thank God that he has been good to you for the things and people he has removed from your life.

3.God is greater than anything you have/are/will face!

In light of how big God is, how big are your problems? Last week I had the opportunity to spend an afternoon at the beach. While sitting on the beach looking over the water, God reminded me how small I am and how nothing I will ever face will compare to the size of my God!

When you look back on God’s past faithfulness in your life, it enables you to walk forward in complete confidence that God will be faithful in what’s next!

Don’t let your circumstances take priority over God’s presence in your life. When you stop and remember how good God has been to you in your past, it allows you to trust him that much more with what’s in front of you!

When people began to question David’s ability to face a giant named Goliath, David quickly reminded the people of God’s past faithfulness. Here’s what David reminded them in 1 Samuel 17:37: “The LORD who rescued me from the paw of the lion and the paw of the bear will rescue me from the hand of this Philistine.”

Make it a priority this week to be thankful for God’s faithfulness to you in your life. Be thankful that God has not only been great (strong), but that he has been good (loving) to you!

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