Pastor’s Blog

Good Things

 “Taste and see that the LORD is good; blessed is the man who takes refuge in him. Fear the LORD, you his saints, for those who fear him lack nothing.  The lions may grow weak and hungry, but those who seek the LORD lack no good thing.”   – Psalm 34:8-10

I love this passage. It speaks of God’s goodness and favor upon our lives. It speaks of the promise that God provides for all our needs as we seek Him and place our trust in Him. But it is also a challenge and invitation to rely on God to meet all our needs. God alone is the One who provides the good things we need. Those who seek Him shall lack no good thing, says the Psalmist. It doesn’t mean God will always give us what we want. It doesn’t mean we’ll always have abundance. Sometimes we might still experience lack or impoverishment. But it does mean that whatever and whenever God gives, it is always good.

Jesus said in Matthew 7:7-11: “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened. “Which of you, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!” Jesus echoes the concept of Psalm 34 by declaring that God is a good God who knows what is best for His children. And not only that, but God the Father delights in giving His children these good gifts!

I’m not exactly sure why or how, but it feels God has really captured my heart lately. Maybe it is the slower tempo of summer, or a renewed sense of closeness with God. But for whatever reason, God has impressed me in recent months with His goodness toward me. Perhaps I finally just realized how blessed I am with the “good things” of God. From good health, good work, good friends, good food, a good home, and good friends – to a vibrant and alive church and ministry. It’s all good!

In fact, when I pause to reflect upon the ministry of Grace Church just in this past year alone, I am profoundly moved by God’s goodness and blessings upon us. Just think about the many “good things” God has already given us so far this year: The ordination and installation of a new deacon and elder, a beautiful kitchen remodel, a wonderful Valentines Dinner & Movie Night, a moving Easter drama with some 50 people or so coming forward for an altar call, the 20-Year Anniversary celebration of my being Grace Church’s pastor, an anointed Men’s Retreat, meaningful funerals and weddings, a Spaghetti Dinner fundraiser, The R.O.C.K’s recent mission trip and sharing, Hailey Holven’s summer mission to Jamaica and sharing, the conclusion of a great season in Fish Net and our Wednesday evening program, a productive Spring Clean-Up Day, a Chalk Artist Sunday, fun women’s and men’s cookouts, our June “Sunday in the Park” with 39 visitors present, some recent visitors with children, our new Prayer Shawl ministry and the shawl’s they’ve made, various guest speakers and singers and musicians, the 4-TEH gospel quartet concert, our Jesus Give-Away mission project blessing hundreds – not to mention vibrant weekly worship services and good sermons. Why we’ve even received six new members lately!

Don’t let anyone ever tell you that Grace Church is not a happening place! I am amazed at all the good things God is doing and continues to do in our midst and through our ministry. For a relatively small church, we have a big impact. We never want to take God’s favor for granted; may we always remain humble and seeking. But it never hurts to stop and count our many blessings occasionally either. When we begin to name them one by one, we are quickly transformed into a grateful people whose hearts overflow with love and appreciation for our great God and what He is doing. It’s true: “Those who seek the Lord lack no good thing!” May we keep seeking the Lord and experiencing His goodness and favor for many many more years to come!

Together Seeking the Lord,

Pastor Dave Van Netten