GOD IS GOOD
As we move through the new year with a new worship series, The Good And Beautiful God (from the book written by James B. Smith), we wanted to share with you some daily devotionals to help grow and deepen your faith.
- Silence is Golden
Take time today and throughout this week to mark out five minutes of silence each day to connect with God. Be intentional about these moments as if you are making a “date” with God. Find a quiet space in your home or office. Turn out the lights and maybe light a candle. Take deep breaths and stop to LISTEN to your Father who adores you.
In Colossians 3:1-2, Paul says, “Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthy things.”
- Friends for Life
Think of a friend that you dearly love. Write down the attributes that you like about this friend. Perhaps send this friend a card this week (not an email or text) and tell them how much they mean to you. Think about God in this way today and write him a letter in your journal.
“The whole outlook of mankind might be changed if we could all believe that we dwell under a friendly sky and that the God of heaven, though exalted in power and majesty, is eager to be friends with us.” –A.W. Tozer, The Knowledge of the Holy.
- Smell the Roses
“The God, who is greater than God, has only one thing on His mind, and that is to drop, endlessly, rose petals on our heads. Behold the One who can’t take His eyes off of you. Marinate in the vastness of that.” -Gregory Boyle, Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion
Buy yourself red roses, and when you put them in a vase in your home or office, remember that God is in love with you. Or draw a picture of a rose and write, “God is in love with me.”
- Light a Fire
Have you ever had times when you felt that God was punishing you for a sin or perhaps had a friend tell you that was happening to you? If so, write that experience down and be sure to include how you felt about it. Next go outside with that note, light a match and burn it (parent participation necessary). As the note burns to ashes, remember what Romans 8:1-2 says, “Therefore, there is NOW no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit of Life set me free from the law of sin and death.”
- Blind No More
Read John 9 aloud. As an onlooker, what do you see, hear, and feel? Watching Jesus in action in John 9, what do you learn about him? What do you learn about human nature through the Pharisees, the disciples and the man who was born blind? Are there any areas of your life where you feel God has punished you? If so, imagine yourself in the place of the man born blind. Allow yourself to hear Jesus’ words as if they are spoken to you (taken from leaders guide from The Good and Beautiful God study). Write Jesus’ response to you in your journal.
- Daily Blessings
“The goodness of God is the drive behind all the blessings He daily bestows upon us. God created us because He felt good in His heart and He redeemed us for the same reason.” –A.W. Tozer, The Knowledge of the Holy.
Write down a gratitude and blessings list today.
- Charles Wesley says it like no other…
O God, my hope, my heavenly rest,
My all of happiness below,
Grant my importunate request,
To me, to me, Thy goodness show;
The beatific face, display,
The brightness of eternal day.
Before my faith’s enlightened eyes,
Make all Thy gracious goodness pass;
Thy goodness is the sight I prize:
O might I see Thy smiling face:
Thy nature in my soul proclaim,
Reveal Thy love, Thy glorious name.
Write this in your journal today and reflect.
Written by Sarah Holbrook, Director of Connections at Cypress United Methodist Church