The pastor at my former church ended every Sunday service with the first part of that phrase. The congregation then responded with the second part. He wanted to assure us of God’s faithfulness, so that when times got difficult, we would know where to turn for comfort and strength. After I moved away from that church, one of the first things I purchased for my new home was a big sign with those words. Now I read it every day. Recently, I’ve been thankful to have such assurance as I comforted a friend whose mother is very sick and a co-worker whose three-year-old daughter fell down the stairs and needed stitches. We all face challenges and our faith is tested, but knowing we have an almighty Savior who is faithful and good gives us great comfort.

“‘Why do you call me good?’ Jesus answered. ‘No one is good—except God alone’” (Luke 18:19).

“Taste and see that the LORD is good; blessed is the one who takes refuge in him” (Psalm 34:8).