SPEAKER: Troy Champ
God is good, all the time. All the time, God is good. This true statement may strike you as a cliché – Especially if you are in a situation that feels hopeless or seems helpless. James pleads with his reader “don’t be deceived by your circumstances or suffering…” when things aren’t good, God is good, and he brings good out of all things. He is the good good Father. A good father cares for his children, provides for his children, guides them with wisdom, and disciplines with love. Maybe you aren’t ready to find the good, but take the opportunity to concentrate on finding God.
Our God is so loving and so large that he can take ALL things – your suffering, your sin, someone else’s sin, he can take the good AND the bad and make something good. I can’t tell you what “good” looks like, or when “good” will happen, but if you trust God with your disappointment or your dashed dreams he will bring good from them. Even when things aren’t good, God is good, and he brings good out of all things.
Book & Song Recommendations:
“Walking with God Through Pain & Suffering” by Tim Keller
- In this book, Keller respects the mind and the heart. He gives attention to the philosophical and theological questions of suffering while remaining sensitive to our emotions and the personal nature of our pain.
“God is JUST Not Fair” by Jennifer Rothschild
- This book might be just what you need. Including chapters “Justice Delayed, Justice Denied”, “Good God, Lousy Answers”, and “Not the God We Expect”
Song: “King of My Heart” by Harvest Worship
Song: “Good Good Father” By Chris Tomlin
And of course the book “Good Good Father” by Pat Barret and Chris Tomlin. A message that moms, dads, uncles, aunts, grandparents, and all families would do well to teach the little ones in our lives early.
Romans 8:28 We know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.
Primary text: James 1:16-18
Other texts in this message: Romans 8:28, Matthew 7:7-11, Jeremiah 29:10-11
WORSHIP SONG LIST
I Lift My Eyes Up written by Brian Doerksen
I Am written by David Crowder and Ed Cash
Good Good Father written by Pat Barrett and Anthony Brown
King Of My Heart written by John Mark and Sarah McMillan
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Romans 8:28, Matthew 7:7-11, Jeremiah 29:10-11, James 1:16-18, God is Good, Good Good Father, Troy Champ, King of My Heart, What Good is G0d?, Pain, Suffering