In a world full of bad, sad, and sometimes horrific news, we long to hear something good. Good news about good people doing good things. We’re enamored with “Hero” movies like never before: good triumphing over evil. For goodness sake, tell us good outweighs bad! Tell us there’s a good ending.
To believe an overwhelming goodness has the last say over wickedness, we need to know our God is fully the opposite of evil. Tell us the maker of this good-ol’-world is kind! Tell us He has noble intentions toward us! Tell us his plans are just! Good gravy, we all want to sing “It’s a wonderful world” and mean it! We want our lives to be captivated by He who is wonderful, not imprisoned by the bad in this world.
During the month June let’s ‘Invite Jesus into our Everyday’ in a very specific way. Let’s invite Him to show us His goodness. Let’s boldly come to Him with our questions. How do we know You are good? Where do we look for your goodness? How can we experience your goodness in the midst of physical, mental and emotional pain? How do we trust your goodness while walking through a trial? How can we share your goodness? And, after we search for and discover goodness, what’s next? What difference will the hunt for and recognition of your goodness, make to our everyday walk with You and with one another?
Today, let’s address the first big question! How do we know God is good?
A cursory look at Genesis and how God named things good, shows goodness matters to him. He saw the light was good, the seas were good, vegetation was good, day and night were good, every living creature was good…all He made was very good. Apparently, our desire for goodness doesn’t fall far from the tree!
The Bible is full of people declaring God’s kindness to them. Jethro rejoiced over how good God was to Israel. In Joshua 21 we’re told his promises are good and never fail. Solomon reminded Israel of God’s goodness to them in 1 Kings 8:56, “Blessed be the Lord, who has given rest to His people Israel, according to all that He promised; not one word has failed of all His good promises, which He promised through Moses His servant”.
It’s helpful to notice not only does God do good things, HE is good. God himself told Moses, “I Myself will make all My goodness pass before you…”. In 1 Chronicles 16:34 the writer tells us, “O give thanks to the Lord for He is good; for his lovingkindness is everlasting.” His goodness is connected to his lovingkindness. He’s not just good for us like a bitter medicine; His goodness is tenderness and consideration towards us. Again, in 2 Chronicles 5:13, “He indeed is good for His lovingkindness is everlasting.” His lovingkindness is evidence of His goodness! Nehemiah also spoke of God’s “Great goodness”.
Spend a bit of time in the book of Psalms: “Good and upright is the Lord”, “I would have despaired unless I had believed that I would see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living”, “How great is Your goodness”, “O taste and see that the Lord is good”, “I will wait on Your name, for it is good”, “For You, Lord, are good, and ready to forgive”, “For the Lord is good; His lovingkindness is everlasting and His faithfulness to all generations”, “You are good and do good; Teach me Your statutes”, “The Lord is good to all, And His mercies are over all His works.”!
“For He is good” Psalm 106:1
“For He is good” Psalm 107:1
“For He is good” Psalm 118:1
“For He is good” Psalm 118:29
“For He is good” Psalm 136:1
Keep searching the scriptures! Nahum 1:7, “The Lord is good, a stronghold in the day of trouble, and he knows those who take refuge in Him”.
When the rich young ruler addressed him as “Good teacher”, Jesus posed this question, “Why do you call Me good? No one is good except God alone.” Jesus lets us know – yep, if we want to find pure goodness in this broken world we need to go to the source, He, Himself, who is good: God.
In the 10th chapter of the book of John, Jesus describes himself this way: “I am the good shepherd; the good shepherd lays down His life for the sheep”. “I am the good shepherd, and I know My own and they know Me”.
Knowing He is good is essential to the welfare of our soul, to victorious living, and to glorify God. We don’t know Him if we don’t know his just, righteous, holy, pure, gentle, kind, nature.
We are able to do good and receive good things because He is good. Because God dwells in us, we are full of goodness (Romans 15:14). The fruit of the Spirit includes goodness (Galatians 5:22). The one who does good is of God. “Beloved, do not imitate what is evil, but what is good. The one who does good is of God; the one who does evil has not seen God”. 3 John 10:11
We’ve got a whole-lot-a good reasons to believe God is good! I’m looking forward to developing a greater awareness of his goodness.
Father, how we long to see you in all your goodness. Jesus, we long to be captivated by your goodness and not enslaved to the heartache, heartbreak and evil of this world. Holy Spirit, lead us as we look for Your goodness each day.
(I hope you’ll return to carriehayner.com, “Inviting Jesus Into Your Everyday”, on each Tuesday and Friday this month, and join me in establishing the habit of recognizing God’s goodness)!