Today in morning devotions we were reading Acts 12, and our discussion wound up being about God’s goodness. But back to the beginning. Our discussion started with talk that some might think the apostle James’ death a bit unfair considering Peter’s miraculous release from prison. Why James’ death and Peter’s release? Long story short, God is bigger than us. Isaiah 55:8-9 says:

8 For my thoughts are not your thoughts,
    neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord.
For as the heavens are higher than the earth,
    so are my ways higher than your ways
    and my thoughts than your thoughts.

God doesn’t have to explain his reasoning or method to us. He is still Good and Faithful! One of our members was talking about God being merciful to us at times when we can’t at first perceive His goodness and mercy  to us. His comments set me thinking about Christ’s death on the cross and His time in the garden of Gethsemane. Jesus was so distraught that Luke describes Jesus’ sweat falling to the ground as drops of blood (Luke 22:44). God’s goodness and mercy came to us through great sacrifice. We often explain, “God is so good” when circumstances are going our way, but we often forget to remember that regardless of our life’s comings and goings, God is always Good!

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