February 10, 2011
Oh, how abundant is Your goodness, which You have stored up for those who fear You and worked for those who take refuge in You, in the sight of the children of mankind! Psalm 31:19
A week ago the Associated Press carried a story about Social Security.
You may have heard the story or one similar to it. Simply stated, Social Security is paying out more money than it is taking in.
And, from congressional projections, Social Security is going to keep paying out more until the funds are gone -- somewhere around 2037.
Now, if you're like me, you've probably done the mental calculations. I'm x years old now and Social Security is going to go for another 26 years, which means I'm going to be x+26 years when Social Security disappears.
Of course, there are many voices trying to balance the gloom and doom by saying, "Congress won't ever let Social Security go away." And although I'm not a prophet or a congressional prognosticator, I think they're probably right.
But that's just a guess.
What I do know is this: God is going to be there. That's what the Psalmist was trying to say when he told us how abundant God's goodness is. Now you and I probably do some good things and think some good thoughts, but God is different. He has goodness in abundance.
That fact was shown to us most clearly in the life, suffering, death and rising of the Savior. If God loves us enough to sacrifice His Son for our salvation, then there can be no question about it: He has an abundance of goodness.
Even more, unlike Social Security, which is predicted to go broke, the Psalmist says God has stored up goodness for those who trust and take refuge in Him.
What that means is this: no matter what happens in Washington, no matter what our futures might hold, God's goodness is going to be there. In good times and bad, in happy times and sad, you can count on God's limitless goodness.
And this, when you think about it, is a good idea ... a very good idea, indeed.
THE PRAYER: Heavenly Father, I am thankful that no matter how unclear some of my future may be, I can rely on Your greatness, Your grace and Your goodness. In the Name of my Savior I give thanks. Amen.
Pastor Ken Klaus
Speaker emeritus of The Lutheran Hour®
Lutheran Hour Ministries