Yesterday we focused on that attribute of God that defines Him as all-powerful. Do you know that this is still true today? He is Almighty, yesterday, today, and forever. I don’t know about you but when I think about how powerful God is, there are times I feel a bit intimidated.
On Sunday, Pastor Chris Conrad asked us to imagine if we had a half-hour to talk to someone famous that we admire. Do you think that is a conversation you would prepare for? Of course, it is. That is the kind of conversation that would keep us up at night, running it over, and over in our mind. How should I start? Do I say, “Hello”, “Hi” or “Hey”? Do I pay them a compliment or would that be creepy? The options are endless.
Imagine as you walk into the room and that person you are longing to meet is yelling at their assistant. Imagine they look at you and say, “What do you want?” What if they look annoyed and angry. That isn’t what you pictured when you imagined meeting a hero. We imagined them smiling or at least polite.
What do you imagine when you think about God’s demeanor toward you? Is He smiling? Is He annoyed? Is He charging up His lightning bolt dispenser with a finger on the trigger? If so, remind yourself that you are addressing God Almighty, might not bring the comfort we might be hope.
I’ve got some good news. Really good news. When you are talking to God, you are talking to a GOOD GOD!
Taste and see that the LORD is good; blessed is the one who takes refuge in him. – Psalm 34:8 (NIV)
Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever. -Psalm 107:1 (NIV)
The LORD is good, A stronghold in the day of trouble, And He knows those who take refuge in Him. – Nahum 1:7 (NIV)
There are more verses than I have room to write. God is powerful, but thankfully He is also GOOD!
In the classic book “The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe” C.S. Lewis introduces us Aslan, a Christ-like character that is a Lion. This lion is powerful and intimidating. When a human character is talking to a beaver (yes animals talk in this novel), she asks about this lion.
“Aslan is a lion- the Lion, the great Lion.” “Ooh” said Susan. “I’d thought he was a man. Is he-quite safe? I shall feel rather nervous about meeting a lion”…”Safe?” said Mr Beaver …”Who said anything about safe? ‘Course he isn’t safe. But he’s good. He’s the King, I tell you.”
C.S. Lewis – The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe
As you pray today, remember that God is not safe in the terms of His raw power but that He is good and can be trusted. God is powerful and good! Below is a great song to listen to as you consider the goodness of God.