During my 31 days of writing this month, I'm also reading Lysa TerKeurst's fascinating book, "Uninvited". (I blogged about chapter 1 here.) In chapter 2 she challenges us to develop an "intimacy-based identity" and asks the reader to answer 3 questions:
1. Is God good? I can say with confidence, that yes, God is good. Some days I have to choose to believe it, because circumstances or my feelings would say otherwise.
Psalm 136: 1 " Give thanks to the Lord because He is good. God’s faithful love lasts forever!" (CEB)
If God is good some of the time, then I have to believe by faith that He is good ALL the time, because He never changes.
2. Is God good to me? Yes He is! He is good to me and He is good to you as well.
"For this is how God loved the world: He gave His one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16 (NLT)
This may sound trite, but it's true. God loved me so much that even if I was the only one on earth, He still would have sent His son, Jesus to save me. If He wants to save me, because He loves me, then I can trust that He is good to me! You know what? He loves you and wants to save you and is therefore good to you, too. Every single one of us is His favorite!
3. Do I trust God to be God? Yes, I do! This means, that even when I can't see where the next step is, I have faith that He will lead and direct me, He will work things out. I love how Romans 8:28 reads in the Amplified version:
"And we know [with great confidence] that God [who is deeply concerned about us] causes all things to work together [as a plan] for good for those who love God, to those who are called according to His plan and purpose."
I'm so thankful that He is in control, because He sees the end from the beginning and I tend to mess things up when I get in the way. I'm learning day by how to "focus upward" more consistently and let my identity be secure in intimacy with Him.
How about you? Can you believe that God is good, He is good to you and that you can fully trust God to be God?
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