Thursday: Psalms 98-100; Ecclesiastes 10.1-20; Romans 12.1-21

From: Jessica Patton

“For the Lord is good; His steadfast love endures forever, and His faithfulness to all generations.” Psalm 100.5

“For the Lord is good,” the Psalmist says. The LORD is good. The Lord IS good. The Lord is GOOD. Over and over, this has been the mantra running through my head during the last few months as I have watched loved ones struggle with the consequences of addiction and all of its subsequent health and relational issues. The Psalmist tells us to praise God for who He is and for what He has done. Paul, in Romans, tells us how we should then live in response to God’s work of salvation on our behalf. But what happens when you watch that breaking down? When God is still God and you know that He is still faithful, but those you love choose folly instead of wisdom, death instead of life? 

I know—I have to believe—that His steadfast love does endure forever. That He is continually seeking and calling those I love to Him, and that as much as I want them to be reconciled to Him and restored to health and abundant life, He, in His goodness, wants that even more. And I have to trust that even as He is working in those I love, He is also working in me and through me to draw us all closer to Him. I trust that I as I seek to love with brotherly affection, to rejoice in hope, to be patient in tribulation, and to be constant in prayer, that His goodness will overcome all of the evil that seems to be prevailing. For the Lord is good, and His love endures forever.  

I am wife to Brian and mother to Ayelet, Oliver, and Zayne. I love reading about history and politics; traveling with my family; doing rope climbs at my CrossFit gym; and riding my motorcycle as much as possible before winter sets in.