They shall pour forth the fame of your abundant goodness and shall sing aloud of your righteousness.  

PSALM 145:7

I recently took a road trip along the Pacific Coast Highway. I called it my road trip with God because he revealed so much of Himself through His creation on that trip. One of those God moments came during my hike through Montaña de Oro State Park, where I became enchanted by the magnificence of the coastal bluffs.The two mile hike took me much longer than it normally would have because I couldn’t stop taking in the views. I would be stuck in one spot for several minutes, just soaking in the scenery. A few steps later, I would look out at the same view but somehow, it felt like I was looking at something completely new, even though I had only moved a few feet.

That’s how it feels with God. As we get to know Him better, we start to think we’re understanding Him, but then He shows up in a completely new, but just as mesmerizing, way. He is so big, so beautiful, so multi-faceted; there are a million and one “angles” to God and all the ways he overflows.

When we think about His abundant goodness, we often think about the present and future; what He’s doing now and what we hope He’ll do, in the assurance of His future grace. But taking time to think about the past allows us to see God in new ways. Time gives us perspective. I’ve been attending Grace for five years, and as I’ve reflected on that time, my heart overflows just thinking about the new friendships, reunions, and encounters with God.

But then I started to think about Grace before I started attending, and began to realize how there were so many that came before me that helped create Grace Community Church into who she is today. Every single person who stepped up and served, sacrificed, and gave in some way during Grace’s 35 years has made an impact.

I am so grateful for God’s abounding goodness and how He intentionally created a unique community of believers like Grace. We are currently benefiting from years of prayer, work, and sacrifice made by so many people that we may never meet, but are family nonetheless.

When we take into consideration a past that we may not have been a part of, the fame of His abundant goodness changes; it becomes so much bigger than we could have ever imagined on our own.

QUESTIONS

  • What sacrifices were made for you to be where you are today?
  • Who has God put in your life that came before you and helped pave the way?
  • How might you be benefiting from someone else’s obedience to God?
  • What step of obedience might you be called to today?

PRAYER

Heavenly Father, reveal more of yourself, so that I may marvel at your abundance and give you the glory. Thank you for those that have come before me, and help me to take my own steps of obedience, knowing that you will use it for your glory and plan; your plan that is perfect and filled with your love.

Today’s devotional was prayed over and prepared by Amanda Kim, Director of Communications

 

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