Dear Brothers and Sisters,
We are again providing you a weekly update on the situation with our congregation and relay some information and encouragement. As of now, the building will remain closed through April 5 and we will continue to update you each week.
We continue to be thankful that most everyone is doing well. We have not heard of anyone in our congregation that has contracted the virus. We are thankful for your health and continue to pray that everyone remains healthy.
We are pleased to hear that many of you met as individual families for worship this past Sunday.
Remember that Matt will be bringing us a lesson at 10:00 am this Sunday morning on our YouTube page (www.youtube.com/c/woodstockchurchofchrist – stream sermons).
We also encourage you to collect an offering during your worship and mail it to the church building. Even though we are not able to assemble to worship, we continue to have ongoing expenses to satisfy. The building address is Woodstock Church of Christ, 219 Rope Mill Rd., Woodstock, GA 30188
In Christian Love,
God is Good
We have all probably said things similar to:
- “I just got a good report from the doctor. God is good.”
- “I just found out I’m getting a big tax return. God is good.”
- “I just got a promotion. God is good.”
There is not anything wrong with any of these statements. God is definitely good. However, there is something wrong if we only acknowledge the goodness of God when pleasant things happen in our lives. It is just as important – if not more important – for us to acknowledge God’s goodness during the difficult times in our lives as well. We are experiencing difficult times.
However, honestly, how often do we say things like?
- “I just lost my grandfather. God is good.”
- “Looks like I will owe more taxes than I thought. God is good.”
- “My baby is sick. God is good.”
- “This coronavirus is scary. God is good.”
I do not know that I have ever heard anyone say, “God is good” after sharing bad news.
Jeremiah, the weeping prophet, wrote the book of Lamentations after the city of Jerusalem was destroyed by the Babylonians. It is a book of weeping and mourning that speaks of God’s severe discipline on His people. Yet in the midst of his lamenting, Jeremiah wrote:
The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. “The Lord is my portion,” says my soul, “therefore I will hope in him.” The Lord is good to those who wait for him, to the soul who seeks him. It is good that one should wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord. (Lamentations 3:22-26 ESV).
It is good for us to recognize, “God is good” when pleasant things happen. However, if we only do so in the good times, we may start to doubt His goodness in the bad times. Paul wrote, “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you” (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 ESV).
When we only say, “God is good” on the pleasant days, then we have the potential to wonder if He is real or if He even loves us on the difficult days.
If we are Christians, we can shout, “God is good” anytime, not because we found some money on the sidewalk, not because we have good jobs, or not because our family loves us. Even if none of those things were true, God would still be good. Since we are Christians, then we know God is good because He sent His only begotten Son to die for the world.
Paul wrote to Titus, “When the goodness and loving kindness of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to his own mercy…” (Titus 3:4-5a).
Yes, God is good. God is good today and every day. God is good all the time. Even in the middle of a worldwide pandemic . . . therefore I will hope in him.