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Goodness of the Lord
devotion by Sis. Bala Samson
Thursday, Jan 03, 2019

Goodness of the Lord - part 2- God  turns evil to good: Apostle Paul beautifully said, “And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.” (Romans 8:28) Glory to Jesus!
You know what I am struggling in my spirit to write this portion; however, I am sure it would bless someone out there who is in the path of pain,  for nearly two years we were going through severe financial struggles and I did wonder if  we could handle the running of  Abide School since we needed huge funds to cater food, books and other essentials for the children. Our kitty was zero.  Our rent for the school building was pending and I had to request him for time, even paying the electricity bill was a struggle.  I felt humiliated, disappointed and worried, when people would ask me, ‘ how is it all going?’ I would say, ‘super’ but inside I was shattered. Why? Why? During this time, my daughter had also resigned and joined our ministry, this period was eerie for her but we held on to the Lord in the midst of all this storm and we continued to pray.  I would like to advice here that we should continue to pray and never give up.  Paul said, (1 Thessalonians 5:17, 18) “pray without ceasing;18  in everything give thanks; for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus.’  Why did Paul say, ‘in everything  give thanks?’, because he knew the goodness of God.  Give God a mighty hand of praise!  Yes, there is something deep we would gain through all this pain: character, patience, humility, understanding and longsuffering.  Did not Joseph come out unscathed after 13 years of being shut in the prison? Joseph looked at his brothers and said, “Genesis 50:20 “As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good, to bring it about that many people should be kept alive, as they are today.” Isn’t that wonderful?
Goodness and mercy will follow you:  Remember, God would never forget your good works, your fear for Him and your obedience, He is watching! Look what the Bible says, “How great is Your goodness, Which You have stored up for those who fear You, Which You have wrought for those who take refuge in You.” (Psalm 31:19) Wow!  The book of Ruth with just 4 chapters oozes with the goodness of God though it opens with death.  After the loss of her husband, brother-in-law and father-in-law, Ruth decides never to return back to her own home but stick with her mom-in-law Naomi, God watches those who have taken refuge in Him, are you listening?  Because Ruth feared God, obeyed Him and followed Naomi to Bethlehem, God had reserved goodness and mercy for her, God took her to the field of Boaz to work; when Ruth found the goodness of Boaz towards her, she asked him,’why are you so good to me?’, Boaz replied, “May the LORD reward your work, and your wages be full from the LORD, the God of Israel, under whose wings you have come to seek refuge." (Ruth 2:12) Say Amen.  Eventually Ruth married Boaz, glory to Jesus, stay faithful to God and trust Him wholeheartedly.  If you make God as your shepherd then, “Surely goodness and lovingkindness will follow you all the days of my life, And I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever. Psalm 23:6.
Something GOOD is awaiting for each one of you! God is so good! God bless you!
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