If it weren’t for Dean Ellenwood’s example to me of how to be a son of God, song writer and performer, I’d have lots more parts missing in all three of those areas. “It’s Gotta Be God” is one of many of his beautiful songs about the goodness of God and the joy of His company. I hope this version carries enough of the heart of the original that you will get a measure of the blessing it has already delivered to thousands through the years. Please give it a sing-along listen and come back for a chat about finding God — even though He has never been the one who was lost.
Always the last place we look
The store’s advertisement said, “Shop us last.” That sounds like a bad marketing plan until we catch on to what they are claiming — “Once you shop us, you’ll have no need to shop anywhere else. Come see for yourself. We have what you are looking for. We will be your last stop.”
People find it is like that with God, and His Son Jesus Christ. They look for life in all the wrong places, but when they finally get around to checking out the Lord, the searching ends. The blessings pour in. The Bread of Life so satisfies that the person no longer feels hunger pangs in those areas where they have now been made whole by the Lord’s goodness.
Whether a seeker’s quest to get rid of fear, loneliness, anger or emptiness begins early or late in life, it will end happily when they look to the Lord, who cares for each and every one of us. The Lord will be the last place a person needs to look.
“I messed up. I get that”
Everyone messes up. Most of us don’t really need to be told we messed up — but often that’s exactly what happens. The person who only tells us how wrong we are does not help us get out of the soup.
Instead, when we are messed up, what we need is light, both so we can see the mess for what it is and light for the path that will lead us out of the mess.
God cares for people and loves people. God is light. The goodness of God leads people to repentance. It is our joy to imitate God. We can love people who arrive as a mess and share the light of God’s Word with them. That light leads people either to begin to see clearly and sort out the mess and get delivered — or drives them away from the light back to their darkness. It is good to remember that the love of God attracts people. Deliverance and redemption are wonderful to behold. We play an important part in the good cause of deliverance when we look past the mess and, instead, love people and share God’s Word with them. In that way we might help people to sort out their own mess and to leave it behind.
Attitude of gratitude
Those words pop up in the second verse of our song. Thankfulness is good medicine. It requires that we notice something that has gone well and then react appropriately. We become thankful. It’s a wonder but its true — the more often we see something go well, the more we come to expect things to go well. The more we expect things to go well, the more they will go well. At every point, taking the time to notice the good and be thankful for it not only makes our lives more lively, but increases the things we will have to be thankful for.
As we walk through our days with an attitude of gratitude, we might become suspicious someone behind the scenes is blessing us. Who? My guess is it’s gotta be God.
God bless you lots!
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LYRICS: It’s Gotta Be God
Song by Dean Ellenwood
It’s gotta be God Who cares for you.
It’s gotta be God
It’s gotta be God Whose love is true.
It’s gotta be God
1. Who else picks you up ev’ ry time that you fall
And He hears your voice ev’ ry time that you call
And Who else gave His Son Jesus Christ for us all?
2. Now when your heart is heavy and your thoughts are less than kind
The attitude of gratitude is your best state of mind
Just count your many blessings and God’s perfect peace you will find
You will surly find
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Good evening Mr dale, AWESOME CHOICE OR WORDS, “IT’S GOTTA BE GOD”,..And to PUT THOSE WORDS IN A SONGAND SERMON IS AMAZING, THANKS FOR ALL U AND CATHY DO TO SPREAD THE GOOD NEWS…. Yes me dale, when we look all around us and see all the AMAZING BLESSINGS THAT OUR HEAVENLY FATHER GOD HAS CREATED JUST FOR US , AND HE DIDN’T STOP THERE, HE SENT HIS WORD ,” PERSONALLY TO US TO SHOW US HOW MUCH HE LOVES US, AND HIS WORD WALK THIS EARTH AS WE. WALK,,, AND YES WE CAN SAY “IT HAS GOT TO BE OUR FATHER GOD.”…”FATHER OF ALL TIMES”… Thanks for sharing and spreading the GOOD NEWS… Blessings Upon blessings to u and whomever is willing to share in spreading the GOOD NEWS.
Hi Julia. So true, “He sent His word and healed …” God takes care of His own. Thanks much for your note. God bless you lots — Dale R.
Thanks Dale for singing this wonderful song by Dean Ellenwood. I remember it well and I loved it when I first heard it.
I needed to hear it today. My niece has an older friend whose father committed suicide. Probably because of PTSD because he had been disabled in the miitary.
My niece is only 14 and she was depressed because of what happened to her friend.
God and Jesus Christ heals believers broken hearts and minds.
Your song today was a soothing balm. I love you and Cathy and your wonderful family. God bless!
Hi Linda Gail, Thanks for your note. Wishing your niece’s friend God’s comfort and healing. God bless you lots — Dale R.
What a great song. Thanks for sharing.
Thanks much for your note! God bless you lots – Dale R.
This was very encouraging!
Hi Annette. Thanks for your note. I’m happy you are encouraged! God is good. BLESSINGS!–Dale R.
I Love you brother thanks for all that you do for the family of God!
Jim, thanks for your kind note. I’m so happy to have your company as we work on this song project. God is good. God bless you lots! –Dale R.
Love it and thanks for the reminder-yes sign me up
Hi Chuck. Thanks for your note. I’ll sign you up 🙂 God bless you lots — Dale R.