God’s unrivaled goodness

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By Dave Henning / September 21, 2016

“God’s unrivaled goodness undergirds everything else we can say about prayer.”- Max Lucado

“Before you face the world, face your Father.”- Max Lucado

In Chapter 3 (“You Are Good”) of Before Amen, Max Lucado tells of a recent flight he took the encountered extreme turbulence.  However, Max remained calm because he knew the pilot- a close, personal friend.  And Max knew his flying skillset.

Pastor Lucado reminds us it’s a stormy world out there.  Yet, the Bible reminds us we have a good Pilot!  The Lord’s authority extends over the world- and over your world.  Yet, we often suffer from narrow thoughts, as Max explains:

“Most people suffer from small thoughts about God.  In an effort to see him as our friend, we have lost his immensity.  In our desire to understand him, we have sought to contain him.  The God of the Bible cannot be contained.”

Hence, Pastor Lucado emphasizes, “God’s unrivaled goodness undergirds everything else we can say about prayer.”  As a result, at any moment we’re only a prayer away from help.

At the age of fifteen, Max inherited a Rambler station wagon from his big brother.  When time came to change the oil, Max’s father- a trained mechanic- offered to help.  Full of pride, Max declined.  After two hours of groping and wrestling , Max ‘completed’ the oil change- or so he thought.  Unfortunately, Max’s father called his attention to the river of clean oil running down the driveway.  Max forgot one thing- the oil pan plug.

Therefore, Max suggests, begin each day with prayer.  Most noteworthy, don’t ignore this opportunity and blessing from God:

“Don’t underestimate the power of this moment.  You just opened the door to God and welcomed truth to enter your heart.  Faith sneaked in while despair was dozing.  Who knows, you might start to worship.”

Today’s question: What evidence of God’s unrivaled goodness have you seen during your desert, transition time?  Please share.

Tomorrow’s blog: “Some assembly required”

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    Dave Henning


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