Dr. Shield's Blog

God Is Great. God Is Good.

Dear Friends,

"God is great! God is good! Let us thank him for our food. By his hands we are fed. Thank you, God, for your daily bread." Did you say this blessing at the table when you were a child? My children learned this prayer as soon as they could talk. I am grateful that my own parents taught me to give thanks to God, and I am praying that I will continue to grow into a person whose life embodies thanksgiving to God.

God is great! God is good! I believe this with all my heart. I believe that we have a loving, saving, and compassionate Creator. I believe this because others taught this to me, because I read it in the Bible, because I saw and heard other disciples in the Church who lived lives of thanksgiving to a great and good God. The time came when I believed in the reality of Jesus Christ because I began to experience his love for myself. The Holy Spirit helped me to want to share this love with others. For me, Christian community and spiritual practices go hand-in-hand with growing in faith, hope, and love.

God is great! God is good! One of the spiritual practices that God has used in my life most powerfully as a way to learn to trust his goodness and greatness is the practice of tithing - giving the first tenth of my income back to God through his Church. The scripture says, "Bring the full tithe into my house...and thus put me to the test, says the Lord of hosts; see if I will not open the windows of heaven for you and pour down for you an overflowing blessing" (Malachi 3:10).

God is great! God is good! God helped me to grow into thanking him through the tithe by way of baby steps. My very first actual "pledge" to a church was to the A&M United Methodist Church in College Station when I was in college: I pledged a whopping $52 - one dollar per week! It scared me to death to bring that card to the altar! I had been a baptized Christian for many years, but it took a long time for me to let God baptize my bank account! The key, I learned, was to just start where I thought I could and then to let God help me grow.

God is great! God is good! Deep joy comes as we become more faithful to God in every dimension of our lives - including our financial giving. Let God give you a thankful heart!

Grace and peace,

Bob Shield

Posted by Bob Shield at 10:39 AM