[What, what would have become of me] had I not believed that I would see the Lord’s goodness in the land of the living!—Psalms 27:13 (Amplified)
The goodness of God is a firm reality! However, it can only be real in your life if you exercise faith in it. How do you have faith in God’s goodness? Glad you asked. The goodness of God is expressed throughout the scriptures and that is where our search will start and finish.
1 In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. 2 And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.3 And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.4 And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness.—Genesis 1:1-4
The goodness of God is seen in the Creation. God took chaos and began to set order to it by calling light to where there was darkness and saw it as good. In other words, one indication of God’s goodness is He creates good things. We can take this model throughout the Bible and not only see the goodness of God but also, trust that goodness for our lives as well.
2 Then a man suffering from a dreaded skin disease came to him, knelt down before him, and said, “Sir, if you want to, you can make me clean.” 3 Jesus reached out and touched him. “I do want to,” he answered. “Be clean!” At once the man was healed of his disease.—Matt. 8:2-3 (Good News Translation)
The thing we must understand is that God is always good and is always willing to bless us. This is shown to us in the verse above. The leprous man was constantly being rejected by society and had heard that Jesus was healing sick folk. Not being sure if Jesus would heal him, he prefaced his prayer with, “if you want to”. Jesus expressed the goodness of God with, “I do want to…be clean.” God is good and is always willing to express that goodness to the entire world. We have to come to Him in faith of His goodness.
It’s impossible to please God apart from faith. And why? Because anyone who wants to approach God must believe both that he exists and that he cares enough to respond to those who seek him.—Hebrews 11:5-6 (Message)
It is important to note that God requires us to “walk by faith and not by sight”—2 Cor.5:7. One of the major things we must have firmly planted in our hearts is the goodness of God. We must hold on to this for dear life because our lives and livelihood really depends upon it. Daily we see more evidence of our, and the world’s, need for God. We must believe, not only that He exists, but that He “cares enough to respond” to us as we turn our hearts and minds toward Him.
My friend, God really cares for us and desires good for us every day. So let us come to Him in faith and with faith in Him and His goodness. If we do this, we will see a change in the results of our godly expectations.
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Father, we thank you for your goodness. Help us to receive your best for us by realizing and accepting that you are good through and through. We appreciate and love you! Amen!
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- The Throne of Grace (vineoflifenews.com)