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God is Good
By Dennis Lohr
Wednesday, April 6


Scripture
Psalms 119:68
You are good, and do good; Teach me Your statutes.

Devotion
I’m sure we all remember the children’s prayer that begins - “God is great, God is good….”  This prayer is simple for a young child to learn and offer.  But it also declares essentials of God’s nature.  The Psalmist states this simply as well.  God IS GOOD!  He gives good things to His children.  Can we, like the Psalmist, truly ask to be taught God’s statutes?  As we allow Jesus Christ to live through us, we can become “good” to the world around us.  In Romans 2:4 the Apostle Paul states that “…the goodness of God leads you to repentance.”  Perhaps by sharing the goodness of God with others we meet, we can have an impact and point the way to Jesus Christ.  As followers of Jesus Christ this is our commission—be salt, light and goodness to the world that God loves.  Recently I’ve heard people say in response to many circumstances “I’m good.”  Maybe you have said this to a server asking if you want a drink refill, or dessert.   We mean that we don’t need anything else.  When I hear this, I stop and question to myself, are you really “good.”  Do any of us really have the right to say “I’m good?”  Are we right with God and our neighbors?  Actually we cannot be “good” like God—but we can, with the power of the Holy Spirit, bring some goodness into a world that is seeking it.  During this Lenten season, as we prepare once again to consider the great gift that God gave in the sacrifice of His Son on the cross, perhaps we can seek to grow in “goodness” and share the love, and goodness of our God with the world around us!

Prayer
Heavenly Father, I stand in awe of your goodness.  You have given me so many good things.  Thank you for sending Jesus as the ultimate expression of your goodness.  Help me to share your goodness and the message of
Jesus to people I meet.  Amen.

Other scripture references  
Isaiah 65:8; Matthew 7:9-11; Romans 2:4

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