The earth is still full of God’s goodness

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In a world where evil deeds tend to grab the headlines, it’s easy to lose sight of the ‘good’ that’s in the world.

When we read stories of Christians being persecuted and murdered because of their allegiance to Jesus Christ, we can easily be tempted to think that things are hopeless and that God doesn’t care.

This verse from Psalm 33 reminds us that in the end, righteousness and justice, not evil, will prevail. It also reminds us that “the earth is full of the ‘goodness’ of the Lord.

There are many things we don’t understand; but have you noticed that more often than not when tragedy strikes, you will witness a corresponding outpouring of goodwill? This has been evident recently, from terrorist incidents around the world to the Grenfell Tower fire in London. Just look at the mountain of flowers that were brought spontaneously to the scenes in each case. Yes, and sometimes anger and also grieving is justified when evil deeds are carried out or tragedy strikes.

The bigger picture is as the scripture says: “The earth is full of the goodness of the Lord”. We are meant to be part of that “goodness”. We cannot, and shouldn’t even try, to carry the burdens of the world on our shoulders. But if we’re Christians, we should be willing to play the part we’ve been called to play, in demonstrating God’s love and goodness in a world that so desperately needs it.

At Friends In The West, we know we can’t solve all the problems that are in our world. But we can’t sit back and do nothing when we have a calling to use any talents or gifts we might have to show the “goodness of the Lord”.

Over the years, from the days of the old Iron Curtain in Eastern Europe, to the raising up of the first children’s choir to come out of Africa, God gave our founder, Ray Barnett, a vision to show ‘the goodness of the Lord’, even in situations that looked hopeless.

As he moved forward in faith, he saw miracles happen through prayer and obedience. Among other good things it resulted in Christian prisoners being set free and the formation of the very first African Children’s Choir which has to date given an education to more than 52,000 needy African children. But there’s much more to be done because without vision people perish.

We’ve a mission to accomplish which involves showing the goodness of God to those who are in need. Many have suffered great loss and need to have their lives rebuilt.

We’d love to know if you would consider becoming a “Friend in the West” to one or more of the people we need to reach. If you’d like to find out more without obligation, please drop us an email which will be passed on to Ray and we’ll get back to you with more information as to how you could become involved. One immediate way you could help is by simply sharing articles like this on social media.

We trust our articles will be an encouragement and a blessing to everyone who reads them and our News Stories a reminder to pray for those are suffering and in need. By sharing you can help us get the word out. We wish you every blessing.