Take Another Look – DAY 17

THE GOODNESS OF GOD
BY JOEL A’BELL
When the British convicts were sent to Australia in 1788, nobody would have guessed we would have such an amazing nation some 200 years later. For those who survived the sea voyage, I struggle to think what they would have thought about landing here to do time for their crime. Robert and Mary Abel had to serve seven years, and then what? Return back to England?

Richard Johnson was the chaplain assigned to these early settlers, and his first sermon landing upon the shores of Australia was preached from Psalms 116, about the goodness of God. What a strange passage to preach to a bunch of prisoners who were actually also survivors of a long crazy journey. But was it really that strange? Don’t we find all our lives interact with this story?

What can I offer the LORD for all he has done for me? I will lift up the cup of salvation and praise the LORD’s name for saving me.” (Psalms 116:12-13 NLT)

Maybe I didn’t steal bread or speak against the king? Perhaps my banishment was of another kind? Regardless, our ships have landed us all on deserted islands in need of the message of life.

Take a moment to thank God for His saving grace. This year we celebrate 200 years of the Bible Society in Australia, and may we never forget all the Lord has done for us. Our daily lives are a reminder of the goodness of God.

TODAY: TAKE ANOTHER LOOK… at what God has done for me.