Last week, I was blessed to be able to spend a few days by the ocean. While sitting on the beach, I looked out at the ocean. I could only see the shore where the water met the land but I could not see where it ended. All I could see was its vastness and the power of its waves. I began to reflect on my upcoming birthday on the 18th and my heart was filled with gratitude. I couldn’t help but think about how good God had been to me for almost 44 years. At that moment, the Lord spoke to me and said, “Do you see that ocean? That’s how my love is for you. That’s how my grace and mercy are towards you. That’s how my forgiveness is towards you.” Wow! What a revelation? Then, I looked at my children playing in the water and I was reminded of how even the births of my children were evidence of His goodness in my life.
Regardless of what we may face each day, God is still on the throne. There is nothing that we may experience that catches Him off guard and because He is sovereign, He has power over all things. We may be amid a pandemic…BUT God is still good. We may have received a bad report from the doctor…BUT God is still good. We may be discriminated against and hated…BUT God is still good. Things may not have worked out the way we have liked them…BUT God is still good.
I am so grateful that I am still in the palm of His hands after 44 years of challenges and triumphs. Guess what? So, are you my friend. God has you and there is no need to fear or worry. He cares for you. He loves you. He has more than enough grace to cover your mistakes and carry you through. He is more than capable of being all that we need.
I just wanted to encourage your heart today. So, whenever you’re faced with an “ocean” you can’t cross, if you feel that you’re drowning, remember you have a Father that parts seas so you can cross them. You have a Father who throws your sins into the sea of forgetfulness. Your Father loves you infinitely and deeper than an ocean. You won’t sink because as long as you keep your eyes on Him, you can walk on water. He has been good throughout the ages. His goodness in your life will never end because that’s just who He is.
Lastly, I’d like to end by sharing a song that is my testimony and declaration for the rest of my days called, “The Goodness of God”, written by Jenn Johnson and Bethel. Below is one of my favorite versions of the sound by CeCe Winans. Be blessed.
“And all my life You have been faithful,
And all my life You have been so, so good,
With every breath that I am able,
Oh, I will sing of the goodness of God.”
The Goodness of God, Jenn Johnson/Bethel Music
Psalm 23:6 6 Surely your goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever.
Psalm 31:19 19 How abundant are the good things that you have stored up for those who fear you, that you bestow in the sight of all, on those who take refuge in you.
1 Peter 2:3 3 now that you have tasted that the Lord is good.
Psalm 145:9 9 The LORD is good to all; he has compassion on all he has made.
Psalm 27:13 13 I remain confident of this: I will see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living.
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