God is Good – All the Time

Post-it Note God is Good all the Time“Give thanks to The Lord, FOR he is good; FOR his steadfast love endures forever!”*

That little word, “for,” is the reason I can have a thankful heart. I can be sick, or out of work, or lost, or without love. I can be in debt or up to my eyeballs in trouble. But always, always, always there is a big-T Truth in the background that won’t go away. I can give thanks anytime, “for” (because) God is good and his love for me never ends.

Write it on a Post-It note and stick it where you can see it:

God is good. ALL THE TIME.

Here are just a few verses that untwist my heart when I’m down or angry or bitter or hurt, so I can give thanks. I memorized them so they’re handy when I need them:

  • “Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you” (1 Thessalonians 5:18).
  • “In everything God works for good with those who love him, who are called according to his purpose” (Romans 8:28).
  • “I know the plans I have for you, says the LORD, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope” (Jeremiah 29:11).
  • “Though the fig tree do not blossom, nor [not being a farmer, I insert something applicable to me in this spot], … yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I will joy in the God of my salvation. GOD, the Lord, is my strength” (Habakkuk 3:17-19).
  • “He who brings thanksgiving as his sacrifice honors me” (Psalms 50:23).

What verse or truth helps you give thanks? I’d love to know. Write it down and stick it on your bathroom mirror. Then every day this week, when you get up, read it and make a point of giving thanks to God. Before you know it, you’ll find your heart is filled with gratitude.

*This verse is all over the Psalms. Look it up in Psalms 106:1, 107:1, and 118:1. Read the whole thing, especially Psalm 118, if you’re in the mood for a praise-fest!

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Sarah Christmyer

Sarah Christmyer is co-developer with Jeff Cavins of The Great Adventure Catholic Bible study program. She serves as Strategic Consultant of The Great Adventure and is author or co-author of a number of the studies. Sarah has thirty years of experience leading and teaching Bible studies. She helped launch Catholic Scripture Study and is co-author of "Genesis Part I: God and His Creation" and "Genesis Part II: God and His Family," published by Emmaus Road. Sarah has a BA in English literature from Gordon College in Wenham, MA, and is working toward a Masters of Theology at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary in Philadelphia. Raised in a strong evangelical family, she was received into the Catholic Church in 1992. Sarah also writes at comeintotheword.com/.

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  • Nick

    One of my favorite verses that always gives me hope is 1 Corinthians 2:9, “But, as it is written, What no eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the heart of man imagined, what God has prepared for those who love him”. I also try to stress this to my CCD confirmation kids (High School Freshmen). I encourage them to always love the Lord and to believe his love for them never ends. I tell them, no matter how bad things get or how along they may feel at times, God love then and is always there for them (it’s hard being a kid these days).

  • Missy

    i do not understand how the verse Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” (1 Thess 5:18) as it applies to abortion and gay marriage. Can someone please explain.

  • pnkyB4brain

    I read the Psalms that you noted and felt at ease. The world should have a Thanksgiving Day every day of the week or every month of the year. I will say thank you without true meaning at work, as if by rote. This Thanksgiving made me quite aware of the presence of God.
    I found a Psalm that I will post in the kitchen, bedroom, and bathroom. Psalm 136:1 “O give thanks to the Lord, for He is good, for His steadfast love endures forever.”

    • It’s nice to “see” you here again! Have a blessed Thanksgiving weekend, and may you always be assured of God’s steadfast love.