Even Still, God is Good

The women’s GroupMe for my congregation currently is a constantly updated prayer list.
It seems like every day, more and more messages come in about how we need to also pray for this family because their grandparent is sick, or how we need to pray for another family who are currently grieving a death.

It’s overwhelming scrolling through sometimes.

It’s easy to forget God’s goodness and love for us when we read about the latest death from this virus, watch another loved one wither away to cancer, or watch the latest shooting being replayed on the news, it’s so easy to feel hopeless.

Even Still, God is Good

It’s so easy to look into the future and see only darkness, and yet, God is still good. 

Last Sunday’s sermon’s topic was on why evil exists. The seven points that the preacher presented were:

  • Freewill (1 Peter 4:15)
  • The choices of others (Romans 14:7)
  • Natural law (Acts 20:9)
  • Satan (Job 10:16)
  • For doing right (1 Peter 2:20)
  • To make us better (Job 5:18)
  • Time and chance (Ecclesiastes 9:11)

 

Regardless of the evil that is in this world as the result of Adam and Eve’s sin, God has always been good and He always will be.

When I was younger someone once said that it was fitting that my name was “Grace” because I would show people God’s grace.

It was a mushy thing to say, and at the time, I pictured myself getting into a terrible accident and barely surviving as a sign of “grace” and I wasn’t too keen on the idea.

But isn’t that what all our lives show? 
God’s goodness is evident in my life, from every breath I breathe to every hymn I sing for Him.

Sometimes I look up during worship and the fact that I wouldn’t be a Christian and wouldn’t know all of the people that I love the most if the lady that studied with my mom never reached out or if we had been in a different place in life and had been closed to the Bible, just hits me full force.

It’s a wow moment, and out of everyone in my past who isn’t here, I am. It almost feels like I don’t deserve to be there.

That feeling is amplified when I think of Jesus dying on the cross for our sins.

God could have left us with this mess we’ve made, alone to die in this world of sin, separated from Him, doomed to hell (Romans 5:12).

But He didn’t.

“For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.”-2 Corinthians 5:21

Jesus died one of the worst deaths imaginable.

Death on the cross was for the highest crimes in Rome, one would be nailed to a beam and left to hang. Because your body weight would pull you down and would pull on your diaphragm, you would end up having to push up with your nailed feet to exhale, this painful process obviously would repeat.

Eventually, people would typically die from asphyxiation, but that could take up to five to twenty hours of complete and utter agony.

Jesus died in one of the most painful ways for us. 

Yet, people still will tell you that God isn’t good.

Listen, no matter what happens to me on earth, God is still good.

Break every bone in my body, He is still good.

Take the breath from all of my loved ones, He is still good.

No matter what happens to you on earth, God is still good. 

“Praise ye the Lord. O give thanks unto the Lord; for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever.”-Psalm 106:1

 

“Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life; and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.”-Psalm 23:6

No matter what, God is still good. 

The fact that you and I are still here and have a chance to obey Him and to go to heaven, is yet another sign of how good He is.

Throughout the evil and chaos of this world, we can find comfort in God and in who He is and that His plan is far greater than anything we could ever fully wrap our minds around.

I love what Joseph said to his brothers, and I think that one day Christians will be able to say this to the world:

“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

People are impacted by evil, but the impact of God’s word is far more powerful. 

The goodness of God is far more powerful. 

And I pray that we don’t forget that, even when life gets tough.

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What are your thoughts about the goodness of God?
How do you see it in your life?

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Coffee Dates: Being a High School Graduate + How to Make Your Elevator Talk

Hello friend! Today for this talk I am thinking of hazelnut coffee with some almond milk, it’s a favorite of mine when I go places, it’s very calming. What would be your choice?

Coffee Dates: Being a HighSchool Graduate + How to Make Your Elevator Talk

I can’t believe in eight months I’ll be an adult, that’s just scary because I’m barely functioning as a teenager.

I was driving to an elder’s house for a devo one night, and my google maps told me to turn right, so I did and it led me to a construction site, so I called the elder and told him that it led me to a construction site, and he told me to look across the highway. THERE WAS THIS HUGE GATE THAT HAD HIS LAST NAME ON IT.

I was like, “I am so sorry, apparently I am blind and cannot just look across the road.” 

I walked into his house to just a whole group of college guys and elders laughing at me, I honestly should be blonde from all the blonde moments I have.

HOW AM I GOING TO SURVIVE AS AN ADULT?? I have an idea that I’m going to make a lot of people laugh but not because I’m being funny on purpose. ://

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Now that I’m done with high school (it feels weird to write that) and even before I finished, people have been asking me what my plans are for the future. 

This use to cause a lot of anxiety, and if you went through that or are going through it, please know you’re not alone. ❤

I’ve come up with my “elevator talk”, basically you come up with a three-minute-long explanation of your plans and have it all rehearsed so you don’t panic when people ask you about them.

Mine is: “I’m planning on taking a gap year and getting a better job just so I can have some more work experience and money under my belt. Then, I’m considering going to a Bible school, after that I’m still thinking about what I want to do in the long run, but I know I want something I can get certified for instead of having to go to college and deal with the debt from that when in the long run I hope to be a homeschool mom one day and not have a career. However, I want to have something that I can fully support myself with in case I never get married.”

THIS IS A LIVE-SAVER. If you are a senior or even just a junior in high school, make your elevator talk now, it will help you so much. 

(On a side note, I was talking to someone and he told me that he was working towards being a lawyer and then he was like, so Grace, now that you are done with high school, what are you going to do? And yes, it was intimidating a bit to tell him about my small, unsure plans).

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SO HOW DO YOU COME UP WITH YOUR ELEVATOR TALK? You might be wondering.

Well, it’s simple, if you don’t know what you want to do or are unsure about your exact plans because they are ever-changing (like me, my brother makes fun of me for finding a different job I’m interested in pursuing every week), it’s okay to say that in your talk. If you look back on mine, I use words like “planning, considering, thinking,” that way I am not trapping myself by commitment words yet and making it clear that my options are still open to new opportunities right now.

Think about where you would ideally like to be in ten or twenty years, now think about how you will get there, or if you’re like me and want a more traditional life, think about what you can do in the meantime while waiting that you will enjoy if it ends up being the rest of your life.

Be honest, but be confident. You’ve got this, no matter what it is, you can do it if you put your mind to it, my friend. 

Just remember that you can do anything, but not everything, make sure God is always first.

The future can be scary, but take a deep breath, because whatever happens, we got it.

 

Wow, coffee and talking about the future, how very grownupish for our first coffee date! 😉

 

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Where are you in life?
What is your elevator talk/speech??

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Are We Still Under The Law of Moses?

It’s been a while since I wrote about a misconception about the Bible, and I’m afraid this post might be controversial for some, but it is important and if I get this subject out of the way, it allows me to write future posts without having to explain the law as well.

Are we still under the law of Moses?

Or, do we still follow the ten commandments?

A lot of people would say yes, that we are still under the ten commandments.

This can be so confusing to many! Growing up, I was taught that we were under the ten commandments, I always wondered why we, as baptists at the time, followed some of the rules of the old testament but not all of them.

At sixteen, I realized that that was just one of the many (if not all) the things that I was incorrect about, so let’s get into why we are no longer under the law of Moses.

Are We Still Under The Law of Moses?

First off, I am not invalidating the Old Testament, it is valuable for learning. 

For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope.”-Romans 15:4

However, it is in the past.

There were three ages/dispensations:

  • The Patriarchal age (think Abraham)
  • The Mosiac age (the law of Moses can be found in Exodus 20)
  • The Christian age

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The law of Moses had a purpose

 

  • It was a tutor.

“Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith.”-Galatians 3:24

  • It showed the righteousness of God.

 “Wherefore the law is holy, and the commandment holy, and just, and good.” -Romans 7:12

  • It showed sin.

 “Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin.”-Romans 3:20

  • It led man to Christ.

“Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith. But after that faith is come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster.”-Galatians 3:24-25

However, the law of Moses also had weaknesses…

 

  • It couldn’t take away sin. 

“For the law having a shadow of good things to come, and not the very image of the things, can never with those sacrifices which they offered year by year continually make the comers thereunto perfect.

For then would they not have ceased to be offered? because that the worshippers once purged should have had no more conscience of sins.

But in those sacrifices there is a remembrance again made of sins every year.

 For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and of goats should take away sins.”-Hebrews 10:1-4

  • It was temporary.

 “Wherefore then serveth the law? It was added because of transgressions, till the seed should come to whom the promise was made; and it was ordained by angels in the hand of a mediator.”-Galatians 3:19

 

  • It was exclusive to only one nation (the Israelites). 

“That at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world:

But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ.

For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us;”-Ephesians 2:12-14

This means, if we are still under the Law of Moses, you and I (unless you are a jew) aren’t under it, and thus have no hope of salvation, and what a terrible thing that would be!

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Thankfully, we have the New Law.

The Old Law (the Mosiac law) was flawed, but the New Law is perfect (James 1:25, Hebrews 7:22).

There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.”-Romans 8:1-2

We have been freed from the Old Law, it was blotted out (Colossians 2:14-17).

When Jesus died, so did the Old Law. It was a contract and then it was fulfilled, finished, done (Hebrews 8:13). The Old Law has fulfilled its purpose, to lead us to Christ (Galatians 3:24-15).

Romans 7:1-6 reads:

“Know ye not, brethren, (for I speak to them that know the law,) how that the law hath dominion over a man as long as he liveth?

For the woman which hath an husband is bound by the law to her husband so long as he liveth; but if the husband be dead, she is loosed from the law of her husband.

 So then if, while her husband liveth, she be married to another man, she shall be called an adulteress: but if her husband be dead, she is free from that law; so that she is no adulteress, though she be married to another man.

Wherefore, my brethren, ye also are become dead to the law by the body of Christ; that ye should be married to another, even to him who is raised from the dead, that we should bring forth fruit unto God.

 For when we were in the flesh, the motions of sins, which were by the law, did work in our members to bring forth fruit unto death.

But now we are delivered from the law, that being dead wherein we were held; that we should serve in newness of spirit, and not in the oldness of the letter.”

We have the New Law now, the New Testament. 

Nine of the ten commandments were repeated in the New Testament (1 Corinthians 8:4-6,  Galatians 5:18-21, Ephesians 6:1-3, Romans 13:8-10,  Revelation 21:7-8,  Ephesians 5:1-7).

Instead of the Sabbath, we meet on Sunday, the first day of the week like the very first churches of Christ did (Acts 20:7).

To say or think that we are still under the ten commandments would demand you in order to be consistent with your beliefs, to do everything else required at the time (animal sacrifices, restricting on kinds of animals that can be eaten, not wearing fixed fabrics, etc).  

It would also demand you to disregard the sacrifice Jesus made for all if you believe that the Law of Moses was enough.

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Whew! That was a longer post, thank you for sticking with me.

What are your thoughts?

 

I know I said that with Coffee Dates I would have some lighter content, and I will! It’s coming up, but this has been in the drafts for a while and I want my blog to be a good mix of soft and more deep topics. 🙂

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