Tuesday, November 06, 2007

The Goodness of God

I'll just be honest. I think I take the goodness of God for granted on a regular basis. I'll be honest and confess a feminine thing I do, I SAVE EVERYTHING. If you have given me something, I save it. I have pretty much every note anyone has ever written to me. Back home, I have a green tub with stuff from high school. In my room now, I have a place where I put all my notes, letters, etc. I've gotten better over the years, but for the most part, I save everything, down to the notes that might have 5 words on them. What in the world? Am I the only one who does this? Occasionally, I'll go through them. It's important to not live in the past, but sometimes to really know where you are, you have to look back at the paths you've been. There is something about doing this that humbles me. I don't know what it is, but it's this weird feeling that usually ends up stirring my soul to love God more. I get the same feeling when I go visit my family after not seeing them for a while.

I think if you look back on your past, you have to see that God has always taken care of you. I don't care about the outcome, maybe you didn't get the job you wanted, maybe you didn't get the girl, it doesn't matter, I think you always realize that God has taken care of you. I can look at all the stupid things I have done in my past and I always can see that God's hand has always guided me back to where I needed to be. This I often take for granted.

I loved the line in The Chronicles of Narnia where they said of Aslan, "He's not a tame lion." Then the reply was, "No, but he's good." Man our God is a lion. Jesus is a lion. Man I sometimes don't want to see Jesus as a lion. It's a lot easier in America to see Him as a nice lil lamb that wouldn't hurt a soul.

Read this passage from Revelation. This should bring chills to your spine. He's good.

"I saw heaven standing open and there before me was a white horse, whose rider is called Faithful and True. With justice he judges and makes war. His eyes are like blazing fire, and on his head are many crowns... He is dressed in a robe dipped in blood, and his name is the Word of God. The armies of heaven were following him, riding on white horses and dressed in fine linen, white and clean. Out of his mouth comes a sharp sword with which to strike down the nations. 'He will rule them with an iron scepter.' He treads the winepress of the fury of the wrath of God Almighty. On his robe and on his thigh, he has this name written: KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS." (Rev. 19:11-16, NIV).

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