Monday, May 29, 2006

Beholding the Goodness of God

I was speaking to a young lady in Camden Sunday while doing ministry with other church groups. Her heart has recently been turned towards Christ. Her struggles are numerous, but underneath the struggles she had a joy. A joy which is new. A joy that was great because she has been forgiven much.

A Jewish person tried to raise some problems with Jesus being descended from Jeconiah. After a little bit of research, I discovered the Talmud itself refutes this view. Then, on the way back from Camden, a radio show addressed the same topic, albeit with a slightly different answer.

Great is the goodness and kindness of God. Concerning His Messiah, Isaiah wrote "a bruised reed he will not break, a smoldering wick he will not quench." And Luke wrote "Everyone who falls on that stone will be broken to pieces, but he on whom it falls will be crushed." And "it is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick."

Those who are broken and go before the Lord in faith will find themselves revived. The young lady I spoke to knows of her checkered past. From the outside looking in, it is harder for her to pretend she has it all together. But I have beheld the kindness and mercy of God. And it is sweet and refreshing to my soul.

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