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God Is Good

God’s way is perfect. All the Lord’s promises prove true. He is a shield for all who look to him for protection. (Psalm 18:30, NLT)

With the summer in mid-stride, I’m sure you’re finding that your golf game has hit full stride. No? You mean, it’s not so easy to raise your game to its full potential?

Let me tell you how it’s going for me. I am looking for a perfect swing, looking for a few more yards with my driver, for a putter that has magic to find the hole almost every time I line it up. When all those things come together at the same time—well, I just might be in heaven by then!

Still, this is the time of the year when our handicaps usually reach their lowest levels. At least you hope it’s “our handicaps,” because you sure don’t want your handicap going down while your buddy’s is stuck in the you-gotta-give-me-more-strokes position!

But here’s one thing I fight no matter what time of year it is: keeping the game from defining me. When I’ve played a tournament, win or lose, the game is not my measure for goodness in life. There is an excellence that comes from the Lord that cannot be found anywhere else—not on the golf course, not in business, not at home, not on vacation. Notice that I’ve mentioned all nice, comfortable things. But what they offer is far from perfect and far from true.

That’s why we need a relationship with Jesus; that’s why we need to walk with him. And we need this friendship to take precedence over every other pursuit in our lives.

Here’s what I’ve found. Not only are God’s ways are perfect, but the sooner we accept that, we find that life gets a little easier. We may succeed, but we don’t lose perspective. We may fail, but we don’t lose hope. We learn that in spite of our circumstances, God is steady—he remains faithful, protecting us and granting us lasting comfort and real peace.

Your many “handicaps” in life will go up and down. In the midst of those peaks and valleys, though, God is there. Call on him. Trust in him. He will prove himself again and again, prove that he is good.

Dereck Wong

July 19, 2013

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