Even in the Worst Times, God Is Good
“Protect me, God, because I trust in you. I said to the Lord, ‘You are my Lord. Every good thing I have comes from you’” (Psalm 16:1-2 NCV).
Although it’s true not everything that happens in your life is good, that doesn’t mean God is not good, and it doesn’t mean God is not pouring his goodness into your life. God can take the bad and bring good out of it. Even in the worst times, God has a good purpose, a good plan, and a good reason.
Psalm 16:1-2 says, “Protect me, God, because I trust in you. I said to the Lord, ‘You are my Lord. Every good thing I have comes from you’” (NCV).
Would you pray and talk to God about his goodness? Say, “God, you are so good. I could never deserve your goodness. I’m sorry that I have often forgotten or doubted your goodness. Forgive me for ungratefulness and prideful self-centeredness. I am nothing without you. Like David, I would despair if I didn’t know your goodness. Open my eyes to see how good you really are, and let it transform my life.
“God, my soul needs restoring. I don’t always think right. I don’t always choose right. I don’t always feel right. I need you to restore my damaged soul, my mind, my will, and my emotions. As I continue learning about your goodness, I trust that my sins have been forgiven because I’ve come to you and said I need a Savior. I’m going to release the people who have hurt me and pray a prayer of blessing over them. I’m going to team up with you and ask you to help me with the load I’m carrying.”
If you don’t know Jesus as Savior, you can pray this right now: “Jesus Christ, I want to get to know you. I want to learn to love you and trust you. I humbly ask you to accept me into your family, not because I deserve it but because on the cross, it was finished. You paid it all! Thank you. I pray this in your name. Amen.”
If you just prayed to accept Jesus, please email me at Rick@PastorRick.com and let me know about it. I’d like to send you some free materials to help you start your journey with Jesus.
Talk It Over
How have you seen God turn the bad things that happen to you into something good?
When you look back and recognize God’s goodness, how does it affect your perspective right now?
Why is it prideful not to acknowledge God’s goodness?
This devotional © 2019 by Rick Warren. All rights reserved. Used by permission.