The Goodness Of God

Goodness of God

God is good, all the time. All the time, God is good! All things work together for good. He is a good God. God is for my good, always for my good.

Most of us have said it at least once in our lifetime and it sounds almost empty after awhile.

Yes, the kind of statements that have turned into cliches.

We say it, recite it and we occasionally encourage others with them.

But when I think about the word good, it was not until last week I realized that my understanding of goodness is actually sort of warped.

My idea of God’s love towards me has always been wrapped around the belief that God will give me the things that will make me happy. That my desires will be met. And of course, positive and good things will happen.

I’ve never given much thought to God being good or loving towards me even in the NOs of answered prayers. Never understood the idea of God being good in the taking away of certain things or not meeting a particular desire I have.

On my bad days, I would find myself questioning how God could claim to love me and allow these things to happen. And on my really good days, I would comfort myself with the word of God. Continue reading

What Makes You Happy?

Happy Food
What makes you happy?

The bible study question and topic to which a friend was quick to answer that food, food makes him happy.

A question so simple yet almost difficult for some of us to answer. According to a dictionary, happiness is “a state of well-being, a pleasurable and satisfying experience.”

Now what are some of the things that generally makes us feel happy? Or what are some of the things that we usually look to for happiness?

Material things, achievements, success, personal relationships with family and friends, a good social life, fulfilling a career goal, experiencing something new.

Now we all know that happiness is kind of a flimsy feeling considering the rate in which we tend to lose interest in these things, only to quickly go in search of some other source of happiness.

How come our happiness and satisfaction, either in something as insignificant as buying a new dress or as great as graduating college, don’t last forever? Why are we always searching, either consciously or unconsciously for the next thing to fill the void in our hearts with? Continue reading

One Degree Of Glory To Another

Degree Of Glory

“And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit.” – 2 Cor. 3:18

As Christians, when we continue to behold Christ,  learning from Him, knowing Him, reflecting on who He is and what He is calling us to be (all through the word of God), we are being transformed into His likeness.

In the same way we are sometimes unaware of our physical growth, the same thing applies to our spiritual growth.

This is not something that we can do by our self, it’s something that the spirit of God does in us. Continue reading