GOD IS GOOD
Read 2 Corinthians 12: 6-10
Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good.
His love endures forever.
Several years ago, I was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthri-
tis. A few years after my diagnosis, I went through months
of debilitating pain. At that time, I was unable to do much at
all. Every joint hurt — even
my cheekbones and my jaw.
But through it all, I knew
God was with me and would
take care of me.
Previously I had battled
depression and struggled with the death of my fiancé, but
I had experienced God’s goodness through the support of
others and the encouragement from scripture such as the
verse quoted above. This new pain was difficult, but God’s
care made it more tolerable and gave me joy. Some of my
friends were baffled. They couldn’t understand how I could
have such joy in the midst of my suffering. After all, wasn’t
God the one who was allowing this? I explained to them that
because of God’s tender care in my darkest hours, I have come
to know that God is good and remains a steadfast, caring
presence at all times.
God is good, even when we lose our jobs. God is good,
even when a marriage fails. God is good, even when a loved
one dies. And yes, God is good, even when we have debilitating pain. God is good all the time, and it is precisely our faith
in God’s unceasing goodness that can give us outrageous and
contagious joy. God is truly good all the time!
Prayer: Thank you, God, for your love. Help us to have faith
in your goodness so that we can share our joy with others
even when life is difficult. Amen.
Tina Chaves (New Jersey)
Prayer Focus: PEOPLE WI TH RHEUMATOID ARTHRI TIS
— Psalm 136: 1 (NIV)
Thought for the Day
Even when circumstances
are bad, God is good.