Tuesday, December 26, 2006

God is good ALL the time!

Personally I think the single most important theological understanding needed by a true follower of Christ is a complete grasp of the sovereignty of God. I don't mean complete in the sense of full. I mean complete as in balanced and in progress. A balanced theology of the sovereignty of God will be able to make (some) sense of His grace in good times and bad - God controls both, the good times of life and the bad. Simple enough, right? But highly misunderstood. I often forget that God controls it all, everything, period.

God is praised when times are good.

When was the last time however you heard the name of Jesus declared and praised immediately after news of ill will in some one's life. Or, if it happened, how was it accepted by the hearer(s)?

This blog post (We need a Gospel That Speaks to Failure) explores success and failure in this life and what response a Christian should have to both.

I say God is good ALL the time!


Timotheos said...

Just the other day I was pondering in my heart that the God who created all things is my father, and that in whatever comes my way (and whatever has come my way), my father always intends good. God cannot intend evil, only good, so whatever is ordained for me is for my good, and it must come to pass. Thus, I can lament in faith, for my father intends good for me all the time.

Dan Edelen said...

It rains on the just and the unjust. The race isn't always to the swift. Time and chance happen to them all.

Discipline doesn't look good. Sometimes people don't comprehend what they need to learn, so they pay the consequences. As Job said, "Shall we receive good from God, and shall we not receive evil?"

Thanks for the link back to my post at Cerulean Sanctum. I pray it blesses your readers.

Reegz said...

It reminded me of John Pipers letter on hearing he had prostrate cancer. I never saw anybody praise God like he did for terrible news. The man lives in the heavenlies!