“God has been so good to us”

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We sat by the bed-side and leaned in close to listen. The lady was struggling to speak and it was hard to hear but the words came out oh so clearly “God has been so good to us.”  It was hard to hold back the tears.

We were visiting for a membership interview.  The older couple were already believers and had started to attend for a while. She was chronically ill with Parkinson’s Disease and there were other conditions she was suffering with. Each week she came along with the help of her carers which was fascinating too because it guaranteed a couple of additional people to hear the sermon, usually not Christians and one regular was a practising Muslim. What a wonderful Gospel opportunity.  However, even during that short time she became increasingly bed-bound but wanted to joni as a member.  So a couple of us went to hear the couple’s testimonies.

Their testimony took us through a history of struggles, suffering but also answered prayers along the way. That’s the context in which she said “God has been so good to us.” It never fails to amaze me how it is so often those who have been at the deepest suffering who are able to give the clearest and most certain testimony of God’s love, goodness and grace.

Whether it has been the person struggling with ill health or personal tragedy or the asylum seeker who has experienced torture and abuse in their home country before meeting the challenges of the English legal system, time and again I have discovered that those I came prepared to get alongside, to support and help have been the ones who have had so much to minister to me with, to teach me and encourage me.

And I have learnt that truth for myself over the years.  We may go through trials but those trials serve to draw us closer to God and to learn to depend on his goodness more and more.  WE discover that the things we thought we could rely on turn out neither to be reliable nor necessary. WE find something more wonderful. God has been so good to us.

Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we[a] have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Through him we have also obtained access by faith[b] into this grace in which we stand, and we[c] rejoice[d] in hope of the glory of God. Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.[1]

 28 And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good,[h] for those who are called according to his purpose.[2]

 I love You, Lord
For Your mercy never fails me
All my days, I’ve been held in Your hands
From the moment that I wake up
Until I lay my head
Oh, I will sing of the goodness of God

And all my life You have been faithful
And all my life You have been so, so good
With every breath that I am able
Oh, I will sing of the goodness of God

I love Your voice
You have led me through the fire
In the darkest night
You are close like no other
I’ve known You as a Father
I’ve known You as a Friend
And I have lived in the goodness of God (yeah)

And all my life You have been faithful (oh)
And all my life You have been so, so good
With every breath that I am able
Oh, I will sing of the goodness of God [3]


[1] Romans 5:1-5

[2] Romans 8:28

[3] Bethel MusicBethel Music & Jenn Johnson