Scot McKnight on “trusting the good God”

Ask, seek, knock, Jesus said… Why? Because God is good. If we humans, who are sometimes good and sometimes not, give good thinks to those who ask, “how much more will your Father in heaven give good things to those who ask him!” (Matthew 7:11).

Recently a woman wrote to me out of despair. She was in a rough patch health-wise, and one of her trusted friends led her to see that her ill health had opened up old emotional wounds that were also in need of healing, some family wounds of rejection. She asked us to pray for her and informed us that she was living by faith, telling herself every moment of the day: “Mom left me, God doesn’t leave me. Mom couldn’t love me, God loves me. Mom rejected me, God doesn’t reject me.” Becky’s story is what it means to live by faith in difficult times by trusting that God is a good God even when our own life boat doesn’t seem buoyant.

Scot McKnight, 40 Days Living the Jesus Creed, 108-109.

prayer for the week

Grant, O merciful God, that your Church, being gathered together in unity by your Holy Spirit, may show forth your power among all peoples, to the glory of your Name; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirt, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Book of Common Prayer