This God- His Way is Perfect
Many times these past few weeks, I've found myself in awe. How did we get here so quickly? Worldwide pandemic. Intense financial pressure. Unprecedented isolation. Rampant anxiety. And for how long? In these trying days, I want to share with you comfort I've found from Psalm 18.
You can sense David's joy as he praises God, his Savior. David had survived an intense and prolonged trial: living in the wilderness, fleeing an entire army, surrounded on every side. At times, it seemed like a sentence of death for David. And yet all the while, David could remember that visit from Samuel long ago: the anointing oil, called out from among the sheep. David would be king of Israel!
Through the valley of the shadow of death, God was faithful to David. And on the day God delivered him from the hand of all his enemies, and from the hand of Saul, David gave thanks and worshiped his faithful God, his rock and fortress and deliverer: "I call upon the LORD, who is worthy to be praised, and I am saved from my enemies" (Psalm 18:3). Later in his song, David proclaims,
"This God-his way is perfect.
The word of the LORD proves true;
he is a shield for all those who take refuge in him."
Consider what David says about God: "His way is perfect." David declares that God is Sovereign Goodness. O, how glorious and precious and steadying is this truth for us on the rocky seas of our days! Consider the following verses, and I encourage you to find more like them.
1) "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me" (Matthew 28:18). If Jesus has ALL AUTHORITY, then his authority covers COVID-19. Put another way, the coronavirus is nothing more than a servant of our King Jesus. Hallelujah!
2) "I am God, and there is no other; I am God and there is none like me, declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times things not yet done, saying, 'My counsel shall stand, and I will accomplish all my purpose'" (Isaiah 46:9-10). God WILL accomplish his purposes in your family, job, and ministry during and after the pandemic. As we are all learning, God's purposes are many times different than our own. Pandemics can be great re-orientations for God's people!
3) "In your book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me, when as yet there was none of them" (Psalm 139:16). There are so many unknowns for us during this time. This is actually always true, but we feel it acutely now. But God knows how long this quarantine will last, God knows who will get sick, God knows how you will have enough money. God knows because God is the Author of the book with your entire life written out, day by day, moment by moment. As God humbles the entire world through this virus, bow your knee to Jesus, and surrender fully to his good purposes in this trial.
But, we may rightfully wonder: How do we know that God is good? Is he good only if I don’t get sick, or if my loved one recovers, or if I keep my job? No. The Bible is clear: God is Good! He is Sovereign Goodness. Suffering and loss are a part of this world that we corrupted by our sin. King David knew this, all too well. Along the path to the throne, he lost his best friend, Jonathan.
So how do we know, without a shadow of a doubt, that God is a Good Sovereign, not just a Fickle Sovereign or an Impotent Goodness?
“He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things?” (Romans 8:32).
Lindsey and I have had our share of anxieties the past few months, and especially the past few weeks. We are in a season of financial insecurity, job transition, and preparation for a ministry that we are hopelessly insufficient for. If this is true, how can we do all of these things in the midst of this crisis?
Answer: "This God-his way is perfect." Amen! This is the PERFECT time to develop new ministry partners; this is the PERFECT time to prepare for pastoral ministry; this is the PERFECT time to cast ourselves wholly on the Lord. What a PERFECT time for Jesus to receive all the glory.
What about you, dear friends? When have you seen God’s Sovereign Goodness in your life, even through pain and trial? Brothers and sisters: He will be faithful again!
Who can you remind of the Lord's goodness and mercy in this season? Reach out to encourage them today. We need one another in these days.
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