God is Great, God is Good
Let us thank Him for our food.
By His hands we are fed,
Thank You God for Daily Bread.
My children fight over who says the blessing at my home. The fight is usually resolved with Tuck, my son, demanding that all attendees fold their hands, close their eyes, and listen as he prays the prayer above. Following Tucker’s prayer, one will hear a sharp, little voice shouting, “I do it! I do it!” The voice is Charleigh, my precious little girl. Charleigh hasn’t mastered the entire prayer, but has chosen a simpler prayer. She looks around at the table for the affirmation that she can now pray. She folds her little hands, closes one of her eyes, and then prays, “God is Great! Amen!” We praise her for her accomplishment and she grins and giggles a bit.
The simplicity of her prayer and the depth of such a statement weighs heavy on the hearts of those who have experienced life beyond childhood. Those of us who have experienced or are experiencing the hardship of loss, sickness, bad news, and trial find this prayer difficult to affirm with sincerity. The promise that God is Great no matter the situation, hardships, and difficulties we face is perplexing, but satisfying.
The perplexing point I totally affirm. The perplexing point is that no matter my pain, God’s greatness and goodness are unwavering. In other words, God is great when we get what we want, but He is no less great when we don’t. As I meditate on all the people around me, particularly two different situations currently circulating around my life, I struggle with my questions. Is God really great? Is He really good? And, what benefit is it to me and those around me to affirm that He is great?
I have wrestled with these questions for a while now, and will continue to wrestle with them for the rest of my lifetime, but Sunday I read a devotional that helped me. In the fifth chapter, the author takes a brief look at the life of Job. He discusses the death of Job’s ten children and Job’s response, “Job arose and tore his robe and shaved his head and fell on the ground and worshipped. And he said… ‘The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord’.” Further into the story, Job’s life gets worse and his wife says, “Curse God and die,” to which Job responds, “Shall we receive good from God and not receive adversity?”
The author makes the point that all of Scripture affirms God’s greatness in the face of adversity, but from this story in particular, that Job, as well as all people, have two basic choices. Would he worship God, or curse God? Cursing God brought death and, I assume, the misery of being estranged from God. Worshipping God brought life and the ability to continue life in the satisfying presence of God. The understanding that I received from that one question satisfies my perplexing questions. I gain satisfaction and great strength from knowing the Great One and worshipping the Great One. I hope that you are experiencing the satisfying presence of God no matter your circumstance.
The devotional book is titled Seeing and Savoring Jesus Christ. You can download it free here.
Seeing and Savoring Jesus Christ