Ninety Days of God's Goodness: Daily Reflections That Shine Light on Personal Darkness

Ninety Days of God's Goodness: Daily Reflections That Shine Light on Personal Darkness

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by Randy Alcorn

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Daily Assurance in the Face of Life’s Hardest Struggles

When life throws challenges at us, our view of God’s presence can become cloudy. If God is good, why is there so much evil and suffering? In times of hardship, it’s easy to lose sight of God’s purpose, goodness, and love. 

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Daily Assurance in the Face of Life’s Hardest Struggles

When life throws challenges at us, our view of God’s presence can become cloudy. If God is good, why is there so much evil and suffering? In times of hardship, it’s easy to lose sight of God’s purpose, goodness, and love. 

90 Days of God’s Goodness
helps disperse the fog—little by little, discovery by discovery, day by day. Through these thoughtful, inspiring devotional readings, bestselling author Randy Alcorn brings clarity to the question of God’s goodness. 

For anyone who’s ever suffered, or shared in a loved one’s suffering…or for anyone who’s ever been painfully distressed by the prevalent evil in this world…90 Days of God’s Goodness opens a wide door to healing and the reassurance of a God whose love we can count on and always turn to.

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A Journey Toward Jesus

Now that same day two of them were going to a village called Emmaus, about seven miles from Jerusalem. They were talking with each other about everything that had happened. As they talked and discussed these things with each other, Jesus himself came up and walked along with them; but they were kept from recognizing him.…

As they approached the village to which they were going, Jesus acted as if he were going farther. But they urged him strongly, “Stay with us, for it is nearly evening; the day is almost over.” So he went in to stay with them.

When he was at the table with them, he took bread, gave thanks, broke it and began to give it to them. Then their eyes were opened and they recognized him, and he disappeared from their sight. They asked each other, “Were not our hearts burning within us while he talked with us on the road and opened the Scriptures to us?”

Imagine eavesdropping on the conversation between Jesus and these two disciples. Consider the questions they may have asked and the answers he gave. One day in Heaven, I want to see the video!

I’ll bet at least one of their questions related to that which looms large for most who read this book: If God is good…why all this evil and suffering? If God loves us, how can he justify allowing (or sending) the sometimes overwhelming difficulties we face?

I invite you to join me on a journey to discover what God has to say about this subject. I can’t think of a better way to do this than by daily meditating on his Word. I’ve ended each meditation with a brief prayer, written from my heart. Perhaps my prayer will echo yours, or perhaps it will prompt for you a renewed conversation with God.

While exploring God’s goodness in the midst of a suffering world, I’ve taken the most pleasure in focusing on him, exploring his attributes of goodness, love, holiness, justice, patience, grace, and mercy. Although I haven’t unearthed easy answers, I’m astonished at how much insight the Bible offers.

I’ve beheld a God who says, “I have indeed seen the misery of my people in Egypt. I have heard them crying out because of their slave drivers, and I am concerned about their suffering” (Exodus 3:7). I’ve found great comfort in hearing God speak of a time when he could bear his people’s misery no longer (see Judges 10:16). I revel in God’s emphatic promise that he will make a New Earth, where he will come down to live with us and on which “he will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain” (Revelation 21:4).

Above all, in the process of meditating on this subject and writing this book, I’ve seen Jesus.

The first physician to die of the AIDS virus in the United Kingdom was a young Christian. He contracted the disease while conducting medical research in Zimbabwe. In the last days of his life, he struggled to express himself to his wife. Near the end, he couldn’t talk and had only enough strength to write the letter J. She ran through her mental dictionary, saying various words beginning with J. None was right. Finally she said, “Jesus?”

He nodded. Yes, Jesus.

Jesus filled his thoughts. That’s all he wanted to say. That’s all his wife needed to know.

In the end, that’s all each of us needs to know.

Lord, I so look forward to having conversations with you where I not only ask questions but, like those disciples on the Emmaus road, also hear answers from your own mouth! I’m grateful there’s no need to envy the disciples, because one day I, too, will walk with you in a resurrected body, and you will open the Scriptures to me, and at last I will understand so much of what eludes me now. But until then, thank you that you are not silent! You’ve provided your Word, your Holy Spirit, and your people to help me understand—and grace to trust you when I don’t.

Conflict with a Purpose

Then Joseph said to his brothers, “Come close to me.” When they had done so, he said, “I am your brother Joseph, the one you sold into Egypt! And now, do not be distressed and do not be angry with yourselves for selling me here, because it was to save lives that God sent me ahead of you. For two years now there has been famine in the land, and for the next five years there will not be plowing and reaping. But God sent me ahead of you to preserve for you a remnant on earth and to save your lives by a great deliverance.

“So then, it was not you who sent me here, but God. He made me father to Pharaoh, lord of his entire household and ruler of all Egypt.…

“You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives.”

—Gene s i s 45 : 4 – 8 ; 50 : 20

After Job had prayed for his friends, the Lord made him prosperous again and gave him twice as much as he had before. All his brothers and sisters and everyone who had known him before…comforted and consoled him over all the trouble the Lord had brought upon him.…

The Lord blessed the latter part of Job’s life more than the first.

—Job 4 2 : 10 –12

While most of my books are nonfiction, I’ve written seven full-length novels. Now, if I were to write a novel about lives without conflict, where characters get everything they want, where life marches on comfortably and no one ever loses anything, nobody would read it. Who likes a boring story? In fact, my central characters always face great conflict, turmoil, uncertainty, and suffering. Some die. That it makes for a far better story is my main reason for doing this. (We enjoy in fiction much that we do not enjoy in life.)

So who am I to say that God shouldn’t write such things into his story, including my part?

In our lives God uses conflict not just to make the story better but to make us better. In life, not just literature, we repeatedly see that protection from conflict produces soft, spoiled, and selfish people, while enduring conflict is more likely to produce someone strong, capable, and caring.

If, in an interview with a character from one of my novels, you were to ask whether he’d like to be written out of the story, he would answer no. Nonexistence appeals to no one. Now ask him if he would like to suffer less, and he’ll answer yes. Who wouldn’t?

I empathize with my characters since I, too, am a character in God’s story. At times I’d love to take a break from the drama. Three months off without stress would feel nice. But I also realize I’m part of something great, far bigger than myself. And I trust God not only to bring the whole story together but also to do with my part of it what he knows to be best.

Given the option while facing his trials, I’m confident Joseph would have walked off the stage of God’s story. After betrayal by his brothers when he was a teenager and being sold into slavery and later falsely accused by Potiphar’s wife and sent to prison, Joseph had surely endured enough for one life!

Talk to Job in the middle of his story—with ten children dead and excruciating boils covering his body, God apparently abandoning him and friends haranguing him. Ask if he wants out. I know what he’d say because he said it: “Why did I not perish at birth?” ( Job 3:11). But that’s all over now. On the New Earth, sit by Job and Joseph at a lavish banquet with their Lord. Ask them, “Be honest. Was it really worth it?”

“Absolutely,” Job says. Joseph smiles, nodding emphatically.

“But, Job, had God given you the choice, wouldn’t you have walked out of the story?”

“In a heartbeat. I’m just glad he didn’t let me.”

You and I are characters in God’s story, handmade by him. Every character serves a purpose. God loves a great story, and all of us who know him will recall and celebrate and continue to live in that story for all eternity.

Before we fault him for the plot twists we don’t like, we should remember that Jesus has written this story in his own blood.

Father, what a privilege to be chosen by you to be a character in the greatest story ever told—and to know that one day we’ ll be able to read it start to finish. Thank you for this true, unfolding drama of redemption. Thank you that in the ages to come we will praise you for not letting us walk off the pages. Thank you for accomplishing the purposes in us that at first only you, the Author, understand, but in the end, looking back, we, the readers—and characters—will too.

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Sister-P More than 1 year ago
I obtained my free copy of "90 Days of God's Goodness" from Multnomah for review. This book is precisely what I needed. I have to say that since I signed up to review free Christian books, I have been so blessed. These books have been an answer to prayer. Ninety Days of God's Goodness by Randy Alcorn is an awesome devotional. Last week, I found myself in tears after reading it and immediately went into prayer. Randy Alcorn writes with such truth, depth and intensity. I really like how he incorporates true stories within this devotional as well. This devotional talks about why there is suffering and how despite all of the pain and suffering that we experience here on earth, God is good. Each day presented a new nugget of truth that left me ruminating. He starts out each day with a portion of Scripture, then his devotional and he ends it with a short prayer. It's just absolutely wonderful to start your day. I really enjoyed reading it each morning. I will read through it again, there is just so much information to glean from and it's very encouraging. If you are looking for a devotional that will speak into your heart and life, I highly recommend this one. You definitely won't be disappointed.
SandwichINK More than 1 year ago
As a Christian in the midst of the Sandwich Generation, dealing with the issues of caring for elderly parents and babysitting grandchildren, grief and loss have definitely been a distinct part of my life. God is the One Who has brought me through the different seasons of "the valley of the shadow of death" and I would NEVER want to do this without Him! A long-time favorite author of mine, Randy Alcorn has written what I consider to be one of the best Christian devotions books for all ages - from 20-somethings on up through boomers to elderly senior citizens. I want to thank Waterbrooke Multnomah for providing a review copy of this book, and I know I will be buying my own copies to give as gifts in the coming years! It's excellent! My copy now has "dog ears" all through it, and I have so many pages with underlined quotes! It has turned out to be one of those books you keep forever, and return to when you are hurting and in need of encouragement. He starts each day with encouraging and comforting Bible verses - and the ones he has chosen have been such a blessing to my heart. He then shares a story or explains the Scripture passage and uses them to weave an important Spiritual "nugget" of encouragement. As you read through the book, you find yourself growing, stretched, and comforted - all at the same time. I was very blessed by this book and it now joins my library of encouraging and comforting "grief and loss" books to bless me on dark days and for me to share with others as they have needs.
lauraofharvestlanecottage More than 1 year ago
Who hasn't gone through seasons that seem dark, long, and lonely? Seasons when it seems everything is going wrong. Maybe it's a period of stressful relationships, of financial difficulties, of extended illness, of disability, or of mourning. Maybe its a period of feeling like that God isn't really being good to you or even remembering you. At times like this, another Bible verse quipped by a well-meaning friend isn't really what we need. We need to know that God is Good, that God is really for us. Randy Alcorn addresses these issues and more. He gives evidence, from scripture and anecdotal, that proves that God is really working all things together for good for those who love him and are called according to his purpose. His purpose- not our purpose. His way- not our way. We might not understand or like what's going on; but, God is loving us through our suffering and has suffered himself. Mr. Alcorn's devotional is meant to be read in 90 days. I read it in about a month in order to review it in a timely manner. At the beginning, I was a little slow at getting into the book. By the half way point, I felt that God was changing how I look at suffering. That is ultimately the purpose of this book. It is a tool that God can use to change your way of thinking. While this was not always a book that I enjoyed reading, it was very thought provoking. We don't have to enjoy something for it to be good for us! I give it four stars and recommend it to you.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A book that gives one hope during troubled times, reveals the love of God through scripture noted. Highly recommend as a daily devotional or as a resource.
thesachsgirl More than 1 year ago
90 Days of God's Goodness is a book of reminders that God is in control. The subtitle is, Daily Reflections That Shine Light on Personal Darkness. What a true statement! People often think that becoming a Christian means your life will suddenly become hunky-dorey, full of nothing but happiness and joy. Any Christian who is honest will tell you that is not true. This book helps people try to cling to God when those mountains, come along that seem impossible to climb & we feel so all alone. This book tackles the subject most people struggle with, why is there suffering & pain in the world, & how do we get through it? Each day's meditation begins with a passage of Scripture, then follows with a discussion of that passage, and how it helps us get through our struggles. The final portion of the day's meditation is a prayer relating to the passage of Scripture and the topic for that day. The only things I would point out is the fact that there is no table of contents. Since each chapter tackles a different subject it would be nice to have a table of contents, that way the reader could see what day might be most helpful to them at that moment. The other thing is that the book jacket felt "funny" in a way. The best way that I can describe it is a parchment feel, which just gave me a funny feeling and sounded odd when I moved my hands while holding it. I ended up taking the jacket off and it was fine though. I'm not usually a person who is bothered in any tactile way so I wanted to point this out. All in all I would recommend this book to anyone. If you are struggling, going through a rough spot, or just a person (as we will all go through peaks and valleys in our lives), this book will be very helpful. It would also make a great gift for someone. I received a complimentary copy of this book from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group through the Blogging for Books program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
Paula_Greene More than 1 year ago
Why would God create a world where people suffer so much? But how remarkable that no one will ever suffer as much as He did! "Evil and suffering formed the crucible in which God demonstrated his love to humankind," explains Randy Alcorn in his book 90 Days of God's Goodness. God understands our pain and suffering, and none of it takes Him by surprise or by accident. This devotional-style book tackles the issue of how God can be considered good when he allows pain and suffering to exist in our lives. Each of the 90 days begins with a passage from the Bible - not just a verse or two, but enough of the passage to get a clue of the context. The author follows up with application of the passage through illustrations drawn from people who have experienced God's goodness in deep suffering. The end of each day includes a brief prayer that ties together the theme by expressing gratitude and dependence on God. While this book is not a systematic theology on the providence of God or a treatise on the meaning of evil and suffering, it offers comfort and encouragement for those wandering through the dark valley of pain. At the beginning of the book, I felt like it was most applicable for those who have suffered loss through the death of a child. However, the further I got into this book, the more I found it can apply to all types of painful situations - chronic pain, depression, job loss, unfair lawsuits, diagnosis of a terminal illness. I highly recommend this book to anyone going through the dark valley of the shadow of death who is searching to find meaning in suffering and draw closer to God. Through the truths in this book, God will minister to your heart and bring healing and hope. I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.
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