You intended to harm me, but God intended it all for good. He brought me to this position so I could save the lives of many people.

Genesis 50:20 NLT

DEVOTION – JULY 21, 2019

The song, “Goodness of God,” has been at the top of my playlist lately. The chorus lyrics say:

All my life, You have been faithful.
All my life, You have been so, so good.
With every breath that I am able,
I will sing of the goodness of God.

Every time I hear this song, it truly does make me think back through all of my life and see all the times God has been faithful and so very good to me. Did that happen to you, too?

Here are some examples for me as I sit and ponder today:

  • He provided loving grandparents for me as a child when my parents simply weren’t equipped.
  • He has loved and continues to love me through my pride and weaknesses and still gives me opportunity to serve him in my church.
  • He has given me a loving husband who shows up day in and day out and would never leave or forsake me.
  • He gave me the greatest gift ever by allowing me to become a mother. My children show me what real, unconditional love from God looks like. Plus, every day that I parent, I rely on him a little more!
  • He keeps me and my family safe physically and has provided financially for us in more ways than I can count.
  • He is gracious with me when I fail at loving others well and in the way he intended.

The list could literally go on and on. In moments of despair or frustration, I pray that God would simply open my eyes to see the deep well of memories I have of his provision and him just being “oh so good,” as only God can. When this happens, I’m suddenly back to the version of myself that doesn’t focus on the negative–back to the Lindsey who sees plans that have fallen into place because of the knowledge only he had.

Don’t get me wrong; I know life can be so difficult. Questions are left unanswered, love is lost from death or rejection, people can be unkind and intentionally hurtful, desires of the heart are not met for years–or maybe, not ever. Still, as Christians, we are called to come back to the good.

What is good? God is. End of story.

We have to know that in all things, he is working it out. The only option is to trust, have faith, and surrender our end game for his.

The Bible verse I referenced today is from one of my favorite stories in the Bible: the story of Joseph when he is faced with a complicated decision. The very brothers who sold him into slavery were begging him for help and, essentially, their survival.

Joseph had a choice: he could hold onto a grudge and the hurts that have haunted him for years, send his brothers on their way, and watch them die. Or, he could do what God would have him do: forgive them and see that this was a part of God’s plan all along.

Can you imagine if he had chosen to not forgive? Where would we be today?

Thankfully, we don’t have to think too much about this because Joseph was obedient. He did see God’s faithfulness through it all. What a humbling experience for all of us to put aside our own burdens and despair and, instead, see God’s goodness. What a gift!

I pray today that you’ll take a moment to jot down five things you are grateful for. How has God provided for you? How has he shown you his love? How has he opened your eyes?

PRAYER

Dear Lord,

Thank You for the way that You love us in such unique and powerful ways. No matter the circumstance, we know You are with us and You are working all things out for our good. I pray, God, that we would find time often to praise You for all You are doing and all You continue to do in our lives and for Your Kingdom. May we be a people who remember who You are and all the good You have done and tell the world for generations to come.

Amen.

Lindsey Haugen

Worship Ministry Associate
lhaugen@crossings.church

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