Good, Good Father

“See how great a love the Father has bestowed on us, that we would be called children of God;” 1 John 3:1a NAS

Sorry about not having a post yesterday.  The governor said 50% of non-essential employees had to go home. I work in support department to a health care facility. Specifically legal/regulatory support. Although we are essential and busy making sure everyone is following all these new rules as they change, I can do my job from a home office and I requested to be moved home. They sent home all who can work from home. I’m doing my part to socially distance. Again, I apologize for the disruption.

I was able to read my daily morning verse, and my midday devotional book. I just didn’t have time to sit down and dig into the word like this. Let me say, I feel it missing when I don’t do it. It feels like being less prepared to handle the day. (Especial a day like today when the Governor said 100% of non-essential employees must not return to work and the President tightens international travel and evokes the Stafford Act.) I also had some minor technology issues – like my playlist somehow got stuck repeating a song about God being a good, good father, which was removed from my streaming service (not my playlist) for a while (it must have come back today).
And wow did I need that song to get in me today. Been thinking about it and now, let’s study it: God is both Good and our Father.

“And I will be a father to you, and you shall be sons and daughters to Me,” Says the Lord Almighty.” 2 Cor. 6:18 NAS

And as a child we are blessed with all the love and goodness he has to offer us.
“If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give what is good to those who ask Him!” Matthew 7:11 NAS

So much to ask for in this time of world crisis. And our prayer lists are already full before all this. Can we ask to be spared from this virus? Saved from the hardships this crisis has threatened us with?
“This poor man cried out, and the Lord heard him, And saved him out of all his troubles.” Psalm 34:6

Can we ask to be blessed through this instead of cursed? I know I will do my best to spare my son and help him during this time although my resources are limited – God has no limits. It is all his. How much greater will his help be?
And what about all those other needs we have and souls we are praying for? He is still a mighty God, with a tender heart who can handle a world pandemic and he is still working on all those other things.
“In his defense Jesus said to them, “My Father is always at his work to this very day, and I too am working.” John 5:17 NIV

God is so Good.
“And Jesus said to him, “Why do you call Me good? No one is good except God alone.” Mark 10:18 NAS
Someday I should look up the differences between Jesus and God – they are pretty much one and the same. But here Jesus says – only God is good. That is how GOOD, good is. It is so Good that Jesus does not dare even be called it!

God is Good and overflows Good!
“Every good thing given and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shifting shadow.” James 1:17 NAS
Everything good comes from him.
It was good that my employer sent support departments home, even critical ones – praise the Lord, he is Good. Not my employer, it’s from God.
When birds got into my dryer this week, it was Good that my friends came over and were able to help me – praise the Lord, he is Good. Not my friends, they are a perfect gift from God.
My tenant clogged a pipe. The handyman cannot fix it. But praise the Lord, he is Good. Somewhere is a plumber who can fix it and the money to pay him and the blessing from the lord, it is a good gift from God.

“Here for this third time I am ready to come to you, and I will not be a burden to you; for I do not seek what is yours, but you; for children are not responsible to save up for their parents, but parents for their children.” 2 cor. 12:14 NAS
Our church is doing a building fund – ironically while we cannot meet in a building because – social distancing and world pandemic. I want to be able to contribute to it because we will need it in the future. And even during this time people are dropping off food for the poor and needy – we need a building to use as a center base for our ministries in the community.
My funds are still in crisis, social distancing themselves from me. YET, our very Good Father does not need us the children to save up for him – it is he who saves up for us, his children! Think about it for a minute.
In my house, when my son was little, my son and I shared resources, money. He needed something I would get it. He wanted something I would have him earn money from me for it. How much more is God like that? 
And once he started earning his own money he gave money back to me, or bought stuff for the house, or bought stuff I would otherwise buy, and money began to flow both ways – ah ha! Maybe this is what God wants. It is after all His. Everything is His. He gives it to us – He provides for my needs not my employer. He lends us the money to be wise with and use for his glory. So, even though I need to spend some of my money on my house’s repair which may mean I am giving less to the Lord’s house – it’s all God’s money and my house is God’s and he lent it to me. See where I am heading?
And it is all because he is SO GOOD!

While the chaos and storms rage emotionally, while we experience more trials and more comes up against us.  Remember it is God’s – even the battle belongs to him! He can and will turn it for Good!

“But as for you, you meant evil against me; but God meant it for good, in order to bring it about as it is this day, to save many people alive.” Genesis 50:20

Our good, good father is working it for the good! Amen!

Be healthy and blessed ~ pray Psalms 91 ~ have peace in the midst of this storm