That phrase typically is followed by announcements of some kind. Good News…… job promotion, bought a house, new car, baby on the way, engagement, debt free, college acceptance letter, free coffee in the drive thru, clean bill of health, summer vacation, the list can go on and on. Everyone has their own versions of good news. Good news is cause for excitement, for celebration! I know I get excited over any kind of good news, even if it’s small. But what about THE GOOD NEWS? How do we respond to that? What kind of excitement does that generate?
We are half way through 2018 and it’s a great time to stop, pause, and have a Selah moment as we review how things are going in regard to our word for the year.
People often falsely assume everything that happens must be God’s will because He is God. You’ve probably heard the phrases, “Everything happens for a reason,” or “God allowed it.” Or God is sovereign when talking about sickness, disease or evil on the earth. I personally don’t like these sayings because to me it sounds like God is responsible for all the bad things that happen in this world. more “Is God Really to Blame?”
Why is it that we think we can hide from God? If you have ever read Psalm 139, you must know hiding from God is impossible. That chapter in the Bible happens to be one of my favorite and yet there are times that I think I can keep Him at arm’s length.
Have you ever just been cruising along in life at a comfortable speed and the bottom falls out in the middle of your journey? Every turn to correct your course is wrong and you soon discover you’ve lost control? So often I will work to take back control of my situation only to discover God is in the midst of the chaos and has a purpose for the course change. I’ve come to realize God will be using me and my situation or someone in my life and their situation in the future.
When you first meet someone, often they ask you “What do you do?” While we do not want to be defined by our occupation, it is a very common means of getting to know someone. Over my lifetime there have been many answers to that question. At one time I was a member of a bull gang at a paper mill, another time I was an administrative assistant, yet again a pastor, a teacher, a mechanic, a carpenter, electrician, school bus driver, and on and on. Truth be told, I did what I had to do, when I had to do it. The major work of my life has been “Servant of Jesus Christ.”