Monday, July 21, 2008

Discovering God's Goodness (Joe Widick)

Lieutenant Paul Galanti was a US Navy pilot who spent 6 ½ years as a prisoner of war in North Vietnam. This experience has given him a heightened sense of ordinary privileges that most of us take for granted. Galanti once said; “There’s no such thing as a bad day when there’s a doorknob on the inside of the door.” After 2300 straight days in a locked cell, you might consider the privilege of walking outside whenever you please to be one of life’s greatest luxuries. Does this say anything to you about the goodness of God? Consider the words of the Psalmist: “It is good for me that I have been afflicted, that I may learn Your statues” (Psalm 119:71). Even from a difficult time in his life, David learned of the goodness of God. He gained a deeper understanding of the great love God has for mankind as well as a deeper appreciation for His commands. God is good, and just maybe, we can appreciate the goodness of God more as we deal with our trials and tribulation.

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