Here is the devotional:
Some people assume God is angry most of the time and that his favor only lasts a moment, but the Bible tells us it’s just the opposite! You are always the apple of His eye even when you feel like spoiled fruit.
God has moved on from that bad thing you did or that terrible thing you said. He may have been angry or disappointed in the moment, but He’s moved on. Have you? You don’t have to worry about falling out of favor because of a failure.
God’s goodness is ongoing and never runs out. His favor is always around us, on us, and with us; God’s favor is forever!
In fact, goodness does not exist apart from God; it did not originate on it’s own—aside of, or apart from him. It’s definitely not something that originates with human beings (Do you have to train your children to be bad, or good?).
God is the source of all goodness and all good things. Some people still separate good from God, which can deteriorate mankind’s need to thank, honor, and worship him.
This study is about starting the journey to train your eyes to see the otherwise unseen goodness of God and what his favor looks like in your everyday life. For the next 5 days you will begin to see your life through the lens of God’s favor.
Think about it: What are some good things in your life that are easy to overlook?
PRAY: God, thank you for being present in my life. Help me to open up my eyes to see that you are the source of all good things and that you bring favor into my life everyday. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.
Here are the scriptures referenced:
And I will make an everlasting covenant with them, that I will not turn away from them, to do them good; but I will put my fear in their hearts, that they shall not depart from me.
Jeremiah 32:40 KJV
For his anger endureth but a moment; in his favour is life: weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning.
Psalm 30:5 KJV
Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.
James 1:17 KJV
Here are Stu’s thoughts:
Well, this one should be interesting.
We all have had those questions in our minds at times…
If God is good why does he allow people to commit suicide, commit murder, or rape?
If God is good why did he allow my baby to die?
If God is good then why so much evil in the world?
If God is good then why all the mass destruction from tornados, tsunamis, hurricanes, floods, earthquakes, etc?
If God is good then why did he tell Moses to kill off the Israelites right after he came down from the mountain with the commandments form God in Exodus 32?
These question may or may not be answered by the author of this Bible Study. I will answer them as best I can on the last day or as an epiloque
Remember that goodness does not exist without God! The devil sure didn’t create it!
Goodness originated from God and through God is magnified and shown throughout the world.
Just because bad and horrible things happen in this sin ridden world does not mean that the goodness is not found in God. Quite the opposite actually.
Let us see how God is good no matter what over the next few day, shall we…