God is Good...a Cliche?

Friday, January 29, 2010

I have often heard the following said:

Pastor: God is good...
Congregation: ...All of the time!
Pastor: And all of the time...
Congregation: ...God is good!
While, I agree with that, it would behoove many of us to remember that because God is good, we must remember what we are. We are creatures made in the image of God who bring dishonor to that very image. It is sad. It is evil. It is the truth. God is good. We are not. Recall God's assessment of humanity:
The Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intention of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. (Gen. 6:5, cf. 8:21)
So we should not keep ourselves from praising God with such refrains as seen above, but we should marry our praise with repentance. How different would our response to God be if we would say such things as:
Pastor: God is holy...
Congregation: ...All of the time!
Pastor: And all of the time...
Congregation: ...God is holy!

Pastor: Man is evil...
Congregation: ...All of the time!
Pastor: And all of the time...
Congregation: ...Man is evil!
Then the fact that God chooses to save sinners through the sacrifice of his Son would be a worshipful thing and not a cliche!

Job's True Friend

Wednesday, January 06, 2010

I'm currently reading through the book of Job. One thing that stands out is that Job's friends always are speaking to Job whereas Job addresses both his friends and God. Here, there was no need for someone to speak on behalf of God, prosecuting Job. A wise man of God wouldn't speak of Job's alleged sin in general terms. In fact, Job's friends cannot speak about his sin because Job is blamelesss (at least at the beginning of the book). What Job really needed was someone to come alongside of him, praying with him. Job's friends shouldn't have spoken on behalf of God to Job. They should have spoken to God on behalf of Job (cf. Job 9:33). Praise God for Christ Jesus who is the true friend who will speak to God for us in our trials:

Who shall bring any charge against God's elect? It is God who justifies. Who is to condemn? Christ Jesus is the one who died--more than that, who was raised--who is at the right hand of God, who is interceding for us. (Romans 8:33-34).