Friday, June 21, 2013

God's Goodness in Five Minutes

My good friend (and one of the best preachers/teachers I know), Geoff Kirkland, posted the following challenge a few minutes ago on Twitter:
"TRY THIS: take 5 minutes & write out (or type out) ALL the ways that God's goodness has manifested itself to you! Get started..."
I've got the timer feature on my iPhone set for five minutes. Let's see what happens. Ready...go!
God's goodness was first made manifest in my life when he gave me life. And then, He gave me eternal life. He saved me from the sin debt I owed Him by allowing His Son, Jesus Christ, to take upon Himself the punishment I rightly deserve. He canceled out my debt and caused me to be born again.

God's goodness is manifested in my life through my wonderful wife and three daughters. He allows me the privilege of loving and serving my wife and my children.

God's goodness is manifested in my life through the ministry He has given me. He allows me to serve Him and others through the proclamation of the gospel.

God's goodness is manifested in my life in that He has given me the ability to reason, to understand, to know, to marvel, to wonder. I can look at the nighttime sky and declare as His Word does that "the heavens declare the glory of God" (Psalm 19:1).

God's goodness is manifested in my life in that he provides for all of my needs. He has given me a life in which worry is only a product of a sinful nature, and not necessary or fruitful. I need not worry about anything because the Lord is with me. Even though I walk through the shadow of the valley of death, I will fear no evil. His rod and His staff, they comfort me.

Now that was a very enjoyable five minutes. Thanks, brother Geoff!

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