The Lord Has Promised Good to Me

Ann Spangler
Ann Spangler

A field of sunflowers, their faces all oriented to the sun.

Have you ever listened to a speech as its being translated? Some translators are so adept you hardly know they are there. Good translators can make split-second decisions that accurately communicate the speaker’s intent. Perhaps it’s my suspicious nature, but I have sometimes wondered whether it might be possible for a translator in a sensitive political situation to purposely escalate tensions by inserting a mistranslated word here and there.

When it comes to God’s promised goodness, I wonder if some of us may have fallen for a sabotaged version of the truth. The psalmist says, “Surely your goodness and unfailing love will pursue me all the days of my life, and I will live in the house of the LORD forever" (23:6). But our fear tells us that the only thing that will pursue us is trouble. Or as the prophet Nahum tells us, "The LORD is good, a strong refuge when trouble comes. He is close to those who trust in him" (1:7). And yet we struggle to trust him in the midst of the challenges we face.

Let’s ask God to bless us today with the best translator in the world--the Holy Spirit who can help us consider God’s word and apply it to our lives. Let’s finish our prayer for God’s blessing by singing the words of John Newton’s “Amazing Grace.”

The Lord has promised good to me...
His word my hope secures.
He will my shield and portion be...
as long as life endures.

Promises in Scripture

How great is the goodness
you have stored up for those who fear you.
You lavish it on those who come to you for protection,
blessing them before the watching world. Psalm 31:19

But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things! Galatians 5:22-23

Whatever is good and perfect comes down to us from God our Father, who created all the lights in the heavens. He never changes or casts a shifting shadow. James 1:17

 
Originally published March 15, 2018.

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