God is a Good God and He has Good by rockandrolldreams

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									We are living in times of
    UNCERTAINTY
everywhere in the world
DO TIMES OF UNCERTAINTY AFFECT GOD?
FROM GOD’S PERSPECTIVE
EVERYTHING IS GOING
ACCORDING TO HIS PLANS
ISAIAH 40:28-31
Do you not know?
Have you not heard?
The LORD is the everlasting
God, the Creator of the ends
of the earth.
He will not grow tired or
weary, and his understanding
no one can comprehend.
He gives strength to the
weary and increases the
power of the weak.
Even youths grow tired and
weary, and young men
stumble and fall;
but those who hope in the
LORD will renew their
strength.
They will soar on wings like
eagles; they will run and not
grow weary, they will walk
and not be faint.
(Isaiah 40:28-31)
THERE ARE NO
TIMES OF UNCERTAINTY
FOR GOD.
   God is a Good God
           and
He has Good Plans for Us
God is a Real Person

 Life is so much richer and fuller when you
  know God as a real and present Person.
  He thinks, feels, plans, etc.
 Like us, there are things that make Him
  happy, angry, excited and passionate.
God is a Personal God

   While He is perfect, He also is very
    personal. He is passionate about some
    things with a limitless passion.
God Has Good Plans For Us

 One of the things He is most pleased with
  and passionate about are His plans for
  you.
 „For I know the plans that I have for
  you,‟ declares the Lord, „plans for
  welfare and not for calamity to give you
  a future and a hope. Jer 29:11
God Takes Pleasure in His Plans

 God takes great pleasure in His plans. At
  the end of every event, everyday, every
  year, and every decade things turn out
  exactly as He plans.
 Somehow in perfect wisdom God is able to
  weave man’s mistakes in the ultimate
  outcome He desires.
God Works For Our Good

   And we know that in all things God works
    for the good of those who love Him, who
    have been called according to his
    purpose.
A Glimpse of His Sovereignty

   We get a glimpse of this through the life of
    Joseph, years after his brothers left him in a well
    to die, the Bible registers his declaration to those
    brothers:
    “As for you, you meant evil against me, but
    God meant it for good in order to bring about
    this present result, to preserve many people
    alive.” (Genesis 50:20)
God’s Purposes For Us

 An architect has a purpose to the design
  of any plan. The architect of a building
  thinks of structural integrity, safety, and
  aesthetics.
 God designs every event to draw you to
  Him in a closer relationship.
Circumstances of Life

 Good circumstances communicate to you
  His love and affection and are designed to
  lead you to gratitude and the joy of saying
  thank you to this wonderful Person.
 Difficulty is designed to cause you to lean
  more on Him and trust Him in the seeming
  chaos of difficult circumstances.
Psalm 55:4-8
  My heart is in anguish within me;
 the terrors of death assail me.
  Fear and trembling have beset me;
 horror has overwhelmed me.
  I said, "Oh, that I had the wings of a dove!
 I would fly away and be at rest
  I would flee far away
 and stay in the desert;
 I would hurry to my place of shelter,
 far from the tempest and storm."
 But I call to God,
       and the LORD saves me.
 17 Evening, morning and noon
       I cry out in distress,
       and he hears my voice.
Cast your cares on the LORD
and he will sustain you;
he will never let the righteous fall.
Understanding the Events of Life
   The events of our day are also designed to help
    you fulfill a high and noble calling, as with
    Joseph.
   Fundamentally, every circumstance is crafted
    with the delight of God in your ultimate good and
    that of those around you.
   We should be the most relaxed and happy
    people on the planet -- but stress and fear seem
    so normal.
Life seems chaotic at times

   The “elephant” in the room is that this is not how
    life seems to us. It often seems chaotic with no
    one in charge.
   We feel like we were on the ocean bobbing with
    the chaotic nature of the waves. Or it seems that
    we must seize control of our lives.
   If it is up to us, we face a jungle with so many
    elements of life out of control.
WHY Questions
   We hear of the economic situation in our
    country, the devastation of Ike, the
    unemployment, the violence around the city, and
    it feels life is in chaos.
   The truth is that many times our REAL picture of
    God is that He is weak, distant, or indifferent so
    we wake up and expect very little from Him.
    When a terrible event happens we are tempted
    to judge God’s wisdom and ask the very dark
    question -- why?
God is Wiser than Us

 This always leads to an unanswerable
  place where we are demanding God to
  justify His actions to us -- something He
  will not do nor could we possibly
  understand if He did.
 Our wisdom is like a grain of sand -- His is
  like the universe. He is so much wiser and
  kinder than we are, how could we possible
  get it?
Isaiah 55:8-9

  “For My thoughts are not your
 thoughts, nor are your ways My ways,”
 declares the Lord. For as the heavens
 are higher than the earth, so are My
 ways higher than your ways and My
 thoughts than your thoughts.”
Psalms 138:8

“The LORD will fulfill his purpose for me;
your love, O LORD, endures forever
do not abandon the works of your
hands.”
Philippians 1:6

 “Being confident of this, that he who
 began a good work in you will carry it
 on to completion until the day of Christ
 Jesus.”
Answers to WHY Questions

 “Why” questions given to God always get
 the same response:
 “Because I am God and I have limitless
 wisdom, and kindness at a level you
 cannot understand. Trust Me and you will
 live a blessed full life on this planet!”
What if He Were in Control?

 So how would our life be different if we
  knew that God was in control of every
  event and that it was crafted for our good
  and that of those around us?
 And in a point in time He would reveal that
  to us?
 And we could then understand all, the
  good and the difficult circumstances?
 First, “thank you” would come across our
  lips far more often. We would have the rich
  joy of a grateful heart.
 Second, we would relax saying in our
  heart “not my will but Your will be
  done.”
 Third, we would wake up excited and
  expectant for what the day holds.
God is Faithfull
 We would be convinced that our King had
  planned things for us to experience that are
  profoundly good and wonderful.
 We would say like the prophet Isaiah: “O Lord,
  You are my God; I will exalt You, I will give
  thanks to Your name; for You have worked
  wonders, plans formed long ago, with perfect
  faithfulness.”
  (Isaiah 25:1)
Those who hope in the
LORD will renew their
strength.
They will soar on wings like
eagles; they will run and not
grow weary, they will walk
and not be faint.
(Isaiah 40:28-31)
Questions
   Has any doubt crept into your heart that
    God is distant, weak or indifferent?

   What are the areas God is calling you to
    hold even in times of uncertainty?

								
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