by Steve Wagers

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God Is So Good (11 of 13)
Series: A Closer Look at the Book: Jeremiah
Pastor Steve N. Wagers
Jeremiah 24-29
November 11. 2007

Sermon Outline
1. A Picture so Enlightening!
A) The Desire of God's Heart
B) The Discipline by God's Hand
1) On His Elect
2) For His Enemies
2. A Provision so Encouraging!
A) A Way to Escape It
B) A Way to Endure It
1) Pursue Peace
2) Practice Prayer
3. A Promise so Exciting!
A) God will be Faithful to His People
B) God will be Favorable with His People
C) God will be Found by His People

Allen Gardiner, a devoted missionary, experienced many physical difficulties and hardships throughout his service to the Savior. Despite his troubles, he said, "While God gives me strength, failure will not daunt me." In 1851, at the age of 57, he died of disease and starvation while serving on Picton Island at the southern tip of South America.

When his body was found, his diary lay nearby. It bore the record of hunger, thirst, wounds, and loneliness. The last entry in his little book showed the struggle of his shaking hand as he tried to write legibly. It read, "I am overwhelmed with a sense of the goodness of God."

I once read of an atheist who wanted to challenge his Christian friend by seeking to prove that God did not exist. He said, "If there is a God, may he prove himself by striking me dead right now." Nothing happened. The atheist said, "You see, there is not God." A man responded, "No sir, you've only proved that He is a good, and a gracious God."

In a very interesting way, this section of Jeremiah's prophecy focuses upon the graciousness, greatness and goodness of God. I love the little chorus:

God is so good,
God is so good,
God is so good,
He's so good to me.

Many times it takes grief to reveal grace; tragedy to reveal triumph; pain to reveal praise; misery to reveal mercy; and, badness to reveal God's goodness.

Such is the case in this section of Jeremiah's prophetic utterance. In th ...

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