For the Lord is good; his steadfast love endures forever, and his faithfulness to all generations.
2 Corinthians 5:18
God reconciled us to himself through Christ.
As we recover from the flooding here in Cypress, I am particularly thankful for God’s faithfulness and unwavering love. We had a significant encounter with water at St. John, as you can see from the photo above. We will be looking at some major clean-up projects in the next days, weeks, and maybe even months.
In the midst of those realities, the goodness, faithfulness, and reconciling love of God is precious – more so than those who would conclude otherwise would think. Too often we connect the goodness of God and his love for us to specific events in our lives. We win the lottery, we thank God. We lose our home due to flooding, we despair of his grace. It’s as though our perception of God is dependent on our happiness, or our assessment of what is good and bad in our lives or the lives of those we love.
Take God’s goodness, faithfulness, reconciling love, and mercy as the unmoving center of our lives and we can much better deal with the up and down realities of life. This a more mature view of things – just as a child soon learns that not everything bad that happens to him is his mom or dad’s fault. It is a view of things as they are. Being centered upon reality, upon the unchanging nature of God, gives us not only a broad view of the world, but enables us to stand strong when the storms do come.
God is good…all the time. All the time…God is good. That is most clearly revealed in Jesus’ reconciling love. For that I am thankful today; even as we clean up following the flooding.