My sister-in-law left this earth last Thursday evening at way too young of an age. She believed God for a miraculous healing until the very end. Yet God didn’t grant that healing.
Thirteen years ago, my sister watched her 5-month-old little girl slip into eternity, even while people from six of the seven continents prayed for the opposite. My two other sisters have suffered miscarriages, and I grieved the loss of children never implanted into my womb.
The children adopted had been afflicted with abuse, loss, and fetal alcohol effects early in their lives, forming coping mechanisms, behaviors, and a world view I could never seem to get a handle on.
A friend was raped. Others lost jobs and homes. Others battled mental illness, or had a spouse or children plagued with debilitating challenges.
The unexpected losses, incomprehensible tragedies, and unabated suffering leave us questioning God’s goodness. That’s when our faith needs bolstering from the truths found in Scripture.
Psalm 103:2-19 is chocked full of reminders of God’s goodness.
“Bless the Lord, O my soul,
And forget not all His benefits:
Who forgives all your iniquities,
Who heals all your diseases,
Who redeems your life from destruction,
Who crowns you with lovingkindness and tender mercies,
Who satisfies your mouth with good things, so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.
The Lord executes righteousness and justice for all who are oppressed.
He made known His ways to Moses, His acts to the children of Israel.
The Lord is merciful and gracious,
Slow to anger, and abounding in mercy. He will not always strive with us, nor will He keep His anger forever.
He has not dealt with us according to our sins, nor punished us according to our iniquities.
For as the heavens are high above the earth, so great is His mercy toward those who fear Him;
As far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us.
As a father pities his children, so the Lord pities those who fear Him.
For He knows our frame; He remembers that we are dust.
As for man, his days are like grass; as a flower of the field, so he flourishes. For the wind passes over it, and it is gone, and its place remembers it no more. But the mercy of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting on those who fear Him,
And His righteousness to children’s children, to such as keep His covenant,
And to those who remember His commandments to do them.
The Lord has established His throne in heaven, and His kingdom rules over all.”
How is it we forget so easily? Why is it we think we have to earn His goodness? Thankfully, we have His own words to remind us when we forget.
And why should that make a difference for SAFE moms?
- Because God delights in being a good Father to us. This truth is foundational to our perspective as daughters of The Father, and as mothers to wounded children.
- Because our confidence in the goodness of God gets shaken from time to time – and often there’s not much space between those times.
- Because God has the same heart for our children and has shown us how to love them in ways that will make the biggest difference.
- And, because, when we are weary or hurting too much to love them, He still does.
Having God as our Father was never our own idea – it was God’s. He wants us. He seeks us. He died so that we could have this relationship with Him.
How good is Father God? How much does He love us?
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, ESV).
©by Cheri Johnson June 2016