Tuesday, June 06 2017
I am at the fireworks store that our church uses to raise funds. At the beginning of June, we are a bit slower than we are in July. While sitting and reflecting (waiting for customers), I have come to think on the goodness of God. In (nearly) 46 years of life, God has revealed himself to be good in so many ways.
King David penned the 23rd Psalm. Wthin its poetic lines, he describes going through the "valley of the shadow of death" and "goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life." What an amazing revelation. We will go through very dark times in our lives, but God never leaves us.
Psalms 25:8 says, "Good and upright is the Lord..."
Psalms 33:5 states, "...the earth is full of the goodness of the Lord."
Psalms 34:8 proclaims, "O taste and see that the Lord is good..."
Nahum 1:7 declares, "The Lord is good..."
God genuinely cares for His people. He is a people - God full of love and blessings. Yes, He is the same God that allowed Joseph to spend 13 years in slavery and prison. He is the same God that put Jonah in the belly of the whale and offered Job to suffer, but he never abandoned them and they stood on the promises that were given to them in the good times. Job would speak:
Job 23:8-10 KJV
 Behold, I go forward, but he is not there ; and backward, but I cannot perceive him:
 On the left hand, where he doth work, but I cannot behold him : he hideth himself on the right hand, that I cannot see him :
 But he knoweth the way that I take: when he hath tried me, I shall come forth as gold.
You may know God's will, but you may not know His plan. The time in the valley is to strengthen you and make you into the person God wants you to be. Joseph was not ready to be second in command of all of Egypt as a 17 year old, but he was after God brought him through.
God is good. It is easy to remember when you get a raise or a blessing comes your way. It is important to remember it in the darkest days. The valley of the shadow of death is a place without hope, but we can be comforted in the Jesus knowing that we will "dwell in the house of the Lord for ever." Jesus is our hope.