DEVOTION, Nov. 9, God is good
The Lord is good to all, and His compassion is over all that He has made (Psalm 145:9).
Life can be so uncertain. We certainly have learned that during the Coronavirus pandemic. Many other life issues can cause us confusion and despair. The Psalmist gives us a principle we can count on in perpetuity. The God who created us is good to all. He looks upon us with compassion. While it is true that God also brings judgment upon sin when we humans rebel against His will, when that occurs, He is acting with compassion. He is telling us that rebellion against Him is a losing proposition. Out of love, He will not allow us to stray from His will without reminding us that such behavior is harmful to us. His judgment is meant[B1] to lead us to repentance. In love, He warns us of the horrible consequences that come to those whose rejection of Him continues without repentance. God never acts apart from compassion. Amid uncertainty, we can always depend upon our God. We can count on the fact that He is always working for our good. When our hearts settle in on that fact, it gives us a sense of peace. The more we seek to align ourselves with God’s good will, the greater will be our sense of peace. If we choose to scorn the will of God, He will lovingly bring chastisement into our lives.
Gracious heavenly Father, I am so thankful that I can depend upon Your goodness. Help me to live my life in harmony with Your will. Help me to know when I have strayed from Your goodness so that I may repent and return to You. Thank you for revealing Your love so profoundly in the person and work of Your Son. In His name, I pray, Amen.