Pastor’s Perspective 06-25-19
Vacation Bible School is in full swing as I pen these words. Lots of volunteers have spent many hours already gathering supplies, setting up classrooms, rehearsing music and preparing lessons. Hundreds of children will enjoy a full and fun week learning about God’s goodness in all seasons of life. Built mostly around the story of God’s deliverance of His people from slavery in Egypt into the Promised Land, each day’s focus is grounded in scripture.
Day One starts with God’s people in slavery in Egypt. Biblical truth: “When life is unfair… God is good!” Key verse is Nahum 1:7, “The Lord is good, a strong refuge when trouble comes.”
Day Two covers the plagues God inflicted on Egypt. Biblical truth: “When life is scary… God is good!” Key verse is Psalm 23:4, “Even when I walk through the darkest valley, I will not be afraid, for you are close beside me.”
Day Three finds God’s people entering the wilderness. Biblical truth: “When life changes… God is good!” Key verse is Psalm 106:1, “Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good! His faithful love endures forever.”
Day Four talks about Jesus’ death & resurrection. Biblical truth: “When life is sad… God is good!” Key verse is Psalm 34:18, “The Lord is close to the brokenhearted.”
Day Five has the Israelites building a memorial to the Lord as they enter the Promised Land. Biblical truth: “When life is good… God is good!” Key verse is Nehemiah 4:14, “Remember the Lord, who is great and glorious.”
We adults would do well to remember that God is good… all the time! In all of the changing seasons of life, our good God never changes. He cannot be anything but good, even and especially when our experiences in life are not.
Thursday is the day we focus specifically on the gospel message. I look forward to sharing with the children why a good God allowed His perfect Son to be crucified. How His love for us is not only good, but great! The Bible says, “How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God!”
God IS good! He deserves our worship! See you Sunday! ~ John