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2023 07 25

Good morning.

It is easy for us to say, “God is good!” when all is going well. But what about when life doesn’t look like what we expect?

The Lord expresses kindness in more ways than wealth, health, and relationships.

Take discipline for example. Proverbs 3:12 tells us that "the Lord disciplines those he loves, as a father the son he delights in." In His perfect, unfailing love, God corrects us when we go astray. Job reminds us that “Blessed is the one whom God corrects; so do not despise the discipline of the Almighty."

(Job 5:17) The process may be painful but it produces fruit of righteousness. (Heb. 12:11).

God knows which refining experiences we need in order to become fruitful in His Kingdom. What appears to us as a valley of weeping is God’s valley of preparation for godliness and service.

We may be tempted to interpret God’s character on the basis of our circumstances. However, if we doubt His goodness, we must remember that while His gifts come in a variety of wrappings, they are always beneficial. As Psalm 34:8 says, “O taste and see that the Lord is good.”

Whether we are on the mountaintop or in the valley, God's love is the same.


Mike and Daphne

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