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God is Always Good
It was the psalmist Asaph that penned the words in Psalm 73:1-Truly God is good to Israel, even to such as are of a clean heart.  If you study the psalm out you will find that Asaph was struggling in the psalm.  He was watching the wicked prosper.  He looked at them and thought that they seemed to not share in the same kind of troubles that he dealt with.  They were corrupt, evil, deceitful and selfish in their actions, disregarding God completely.  He, on the other hand, was trying to faithfully serve the Lord, but yet he often struggled and he sought to understand it all.  That's something we struggle with too at times.  Yet, he said it all when he said, Truly God is good.  We often say He is good when our tests come out good.  We say He is good when the surgery goes well.  We say He is good when we recover from some sickness.  We say He is good when our loved one is spared.  We say He is good when something we've prayed for is given to us.  But I have to ask the question today...is He only good when what we desire of Him is good?  When He gives me what I wanted or when He meets my expectations?  I want to say today that He is still good even when things aren't as I desired.  Even when the tests didn't turn out as I had hoped and prayed for.  Even when the problem didn't go away.  Even when I ended up with more questions than answers.  God is still good even then.  He is always good.  His goodness isn't based on my getting the good I had hoped for or desired.  His goodness isn't based on me doing certain things to merit it or earn it.  His goodness is based on who He is.  God is simply good at all times to all of us, in the good times as well as the bad times.  God is so good to you and to me.
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