Does God Care?
Have you ever wondered if God really cares about us, here in the year 2021? Seriously, Jesus walked the earth over 2000 years ago. How is this relevant to us…today? When I read the piece of scripture below from Psalm 100, I am reminded why. God is good. God has promised to be good for ALL generations. God promises to be faithful, strong and a foundation in which we can build. This is why. God is love. Love comes from God to ALL people of every time and place. That is amazing if you ask me. That is why I say God is SO good!!
“For the Lord is good and his love endures forever;
his faithfulness continues through all generations.”
“Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”
I Thessalonians 5:18
Take a moment and quickly name five things you are thankful for at this very minute! Seriously…GO!!!! How hard was that? Was it easy to be thankful or has your current circumstance clouded your view? When we begin with gratitude, we open ourselves up to see and experience God’s goodness in many different ways. Gratitude expands possibility!
When we choose to open our eyes and see goodness it is amazing what comes into view. So, the next time you find yourself in a position where you are ungrateful or complaining, I invite you to pause. Pause long enough to name five things you are truly thankful for. Then, take a look at why you feel the need to complain and instead seek God’s goodness.
God has promised goodness. It is all around us. But many times we have to un-cloud our selfish view before we can respond in gratitude. Make the effort…it WILL be worth it!
“He who forms the mountains,
who creates the wind,
and who reveals his thoughts to mankind,
who turns dawn to darkness,
and treads on the heights of the earth—
the Lord God Almighty is his name.”
As I sit at my desk and watch snow blowing in the air, I am reminded of the POWER of God. The power to continually create. The power to cause 20+” snow drifts. The power to freeze water. The power to connect. The power to heal. The power to create all that is in nature including you and I. In this, God has created beauty. Yes, the snow caused many things to come to a halt…but it also caused me to stop. To witness the glisten in the snow. The beauty and the color a simple, yet complex snowflake provides. That is the power and the hand of God!
Fortunately for us, this powerful, all knowing, all-loving God is also powerful for you and I. God is on our side. God continually stands up for us, desiring our well-being. The God of the universe is strong enough to save…you and me!
“Surely God is my salvation;
I will trust and not be afraid.
The Lord, the Lord himself, is my strength and my defense;
he has become my salvation.”
"For the righteous will never be moved;
they will be remembered forever.”
Remembered forever. Wow! Sounds like the ability to inspire others. The ability to share, grow and encourage. At the end of your life, what will you be remembered for? How will you make a difference in the lives of others? How will you inspire others to believe in Jesus? Will your life speak of God’s promises and love? As always…the choice is ours. How will you choose to live your life?