God is Good

As we begin this new year, there are a couple of areas in which God is speaking to me about. I share one here today in case you feel He is guiding you in a similar direction.

God is Good

I know that this seems a fairly basic premise, yet I wonder how often I (and others) forget this simple truth.

When I worry, I am not remembering how good God is. When I try to meet my own needs, instead of relying on Him, I am forgetting His goodness towards His children. When I neglect to pray, because I am trying to solve my own problems, I am not actively bringing to mind His genuine and constant love towards me.

A proper revelation and understanding of God’s goodness will result in me living quite differently.

Properly understanding the goodness of #God will result in a life of #trust and defeat #worry – #Bible #Jesus #Christianity

I know that God is indeed good, all of the time, and yet I often forget this fact and rely too heavily on myself. This is a form of pride, and something I need to work on. “I need…” or rather need to get out of God’s way and let His Spirit change me! A lot of bad things happen in this world, which cannot be denied, but this does not deter from God’s goodness. There are countless examples of His loving-kindness towards us, specifically and in common grace.

I plan to meditate on God’s goodness, and try to keep it at the forefront of my mind. That way, when something happens, I can turn my thoughts and prayers to something positive and powerful. Instead of grumbling, I can call to mind all the good things He has done, and seek Him for the answer.

Some Scriptures to help me, and hopefully you too:

The Lord is merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.

Psalm 103:8 ESV

Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good. His love endures forever.

Psalm 136:1 NIV

Taste and see that the Lord is good;     blessed is the one who takes refuge in him.

Psalm 34:8 NIV

Taste and see that the Lord is #good #Psalm 34:8 #Bible

Imagine what would happen if we spent a lot of time digesting these verses. If we were to memorise them, recite them, internalise them, then how different might our life look in the next twelve months?

If we are not stunned by God’s goodness, then I am not sure we properly perceive it. In and of ourselves, we are sinners who have rejected God’s ways and rebelled against Him. Yet, while we were still far off, He sent His One and Only Son to die a terrible death on our behalf. Because of what Jesus did at the cross, we are free from sin and can approach the Father, enjoying life for all eternity. God is indeed good!

Whatever you are facing right now, spend some time focussing on the goodness of the Lord. Even if everything in this life were to fall apart, you have an eternity in heaven to look forward to. That alone is worth praising Him for! Chances are, there is much in your life to be thankful for, and the ever-good God is willing to listen to your prayers and act on your behalf in this life. Do not waste your time and energy worrying, instead put whatever the issue is before the Lord and let Him show you His goodness. Not every problem will be solved, and rarely in the way you expect, yet it is far better to endure trials with Him than without.

Think back over last year, and remember the good things God has done for you. If He was good last year, He will be good this year too.

Join me in rejoicing in His goodness, and I would love to hear your comments on the good things He is doing in your life. If you are struggling, then I would be honoured to pray for you too.

God is good – all of the time! Amen!

God’s Glory or Your Comfort? – Andy Brown (Best of 2022)

This was one of my most read Pearls of Wisdom from this year.

I hope you enjoy reading it again tody

Pearls of Wisdom God’s number one goal is NOT to make you comfortable Some Christian TV channels are great, but not all of their content lines up with Scripture. You do have to be discerning. If you tune in to the wrong show or preacher, you might be misled into thinking that God’s number one…
— Read on andy-brown.org/2022/01/19/gods-glory-or-your-comfort/

Psalm 150 Poetry – Andy Brown (Best of 2022)

As I explain in this post, I have never been much of one for poetry. That is why I was quite surprised to learn that this was actually one of my most popular posts this year.

If you missed it the first time around, I hope you enjoy this repost today.



I have been dabbling with a bit of poetry lately. It has never been something I was particularly good at or interested in, but perhaps the Lord is opening up something new. Perhaps not! Time will tell! This first attempt at a poem is based around Psalm 150, and is perhaps a little trite to…
— Read on andy-brown.org/2022/01/05/psalm-150-poetry/

One Thing I Ask – Andy Brown (Best of 2022)

The one thing I ask of the Lord—    the thing I seek most—is to live in the house of the Lord all the days of my life,    delighting in the Lord’s perfections    and meditating in his Temple.Psalm 27:4 (WEB) I recall a time when I was speaking to a group of students about what heaven…
— Read on andy-brown.org/2022/01/29/one-thing-i-ask/

Thankful Christians (Psalm 100 #5) – Andy Brown

Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth!2     Serve the Lord with gladness!    Come into his presence with singing!3 Know that the Lord, he is God!    It is he who made us, and we are his;    we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.4 Enter his gates with thanksgiving,    and his…
— Read on andy-brown.org/2021/05/25/thankful-christians-psalm-100-5/

Serving Christians (Psalm 100 #2) – Andy Brown

Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth!2     Serve the Lord with gladness!    Come into his presence with singing!3 Know that the Lord, he is God!    It is he who made us, and we are his;[a]    we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.4 Enter his gates with thanksgiving,    and his…
— Read on andy-brown.org/2021/05/20/serving-christians-psalm-100-2/

Shouting Christians (Psalm 100 #1) – Andy Brown

Shout for joy to Yahweh, all you lands!2     Serve Yahweh with gladness.    Come before his presence with singing.3 Know that Yahweh, he is God.    It is he who has made us, and we are his.    We are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.4 Enter into his gates with thanksgiving,    and into his courts…
— Read on andy-brown.org/2021/05/19/shouting-christians-psalm-100-1/

Verses for meditation – 10 October 2022

I have been thinking about the following verse from James recently. Is there a more difficult command in the Bible? Perhaps…

James 1:2 (NIV) Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds,

Taking the opportunity to find joy in our difficulties is hard indeed! how do you do that? I welcome your comments.

One way that I do this is to try to take an eternal perspective. I tried to ask myself, will this matter in 1000 years, when I am in heaven? Usually, the answer is no…

Thank God in the midst of your trials, and take joy and comfort from knowing Jesus Christ is Lord.

Have a blessed day!

Holy Ground (RB)

St.Monan’s Sunrise, East Neuk of Fife. Photography courtesy of Ben Bremner, https://www.facebook.com/ben.bremner3 When the Lord saw that he turned …

Holy Ground

Eternal Praise (RB)

Townhill Loch, near Dunfermline,  Fife, June 2021. Photography by Alan Kearns I will praise the Lord while I live;I will sing praises to my God while…

Eternal Praise

This Sunday at Church: Encourage someone new in the Worship Team

This Sunday at Church I want to encourage you to do the following: Encourage someone new in the Worship team. This upcoming Sunday we will have …

This Sunday at Church: Encourage someone new in the Worship Team

Mini Milestone

This day is not only my 41st birthday, but I’ve just realised that I have surpassed more views in 2022 than I had in 2021, and it’s only June!

Given my rather erratic posting habits, this is something of A miracle!

I wanted to take a very brief moment to thank every single one of my readers and followers, as it is truly humbling that you would take the time to digest my words.

It may not be a particularly significant milestone, like a 41st birthday, but I think it is so important to pause and thank God (and all of you) for these little moments.

On this Sunday in June, perhaps like any other Sunday, what can you pause to give thanks for today?

God is indeed good, all of the time! And here’s to the rest of 2022! May you be outrageously blessed!