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God's goodness

'The Lord is good.' Nahum 1:7 NIV

The Bible says, 'When the people saw that Moses was so long in coming down from the mountain, they gathered around Aaron and said, "Come, make us gods who will go before us. As for this fellow Moses who brought us up out of Egypt, we don't know what has happened to him"' (Exodus 32:1 NIV). Why did they make a golden calf? Because they wanted a god they could see. It was hard to relate to an invisible God and Moses, God's representative, stayed on Mount Sinai so long that they felt helpless and abandoned. So they did what we do when we're scared - resorted to things that were familiar.

Stepping out in faith through change and uncertainty in our lives can be draining. We pray for God to strengthen and help us but we can start to doubt his goodness and end up longing for the things we know.

But, however we're feeling and however unsettled everything seems, the goodness of God is unchanging. The Bible says, 'The Lord is good...he cares for those who trust in him' (Nahum 1:7 NIV). In Psalm 100:5 (NIV) we're told: 'For the Lord is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations'. Whatever we're facing and feeling, however much doubt is creeping in and we're longing for the familiar, he's good, loving and faithful. Always.

So what now? Choose a Bible verse that reminds you of God's goodness. Every time you're in a situation or place that feels uncomfortable and new, revert to that verse as your 'familiar' thing.

Soulfood: Ezek 31-33 Mk 16:1-20 Ps 80:1-11 Pro 15:11-14,

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