DAY 4 - GOOD
In our journey to know our Lord better, today we arrive at His goodness. The Bible tells us that every good thing good comes from above. We must remember daily that the world’s version of good and God’s version are two totally different concepts. God’s version of good is truth and purity, while the world’s is based on feelings. Feelings change, but God remains the same. He simply is.
The world’s version of good changes based on what is popular or what feels good at the time. Fifty years ago, homosexuality was considered wrong in the eyes of the world, but today the world says that it should be applauded. The world is constantly changing, altering its views based on what people want and find important right now. God’s goodness is an eternal, unchanging, steadfast truth. As children of God, we need to remain in His Word to know how to be pure and holy in God’s eyes rather than what other people think and say. Throughout Scripture, we can find hundreds of verses that speak about God’s goodness and light.
- “Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; his love endures forever.” 1 Chronicles 16:34
- “You, Lord, are forgiving and good, abounding in love to all who call to you.” Psalm 86:5
- “The Lord is good to all, he has compassion over all that he has made.” Psalm 145:9
Not only can we see His goodness, but also that He wants good things for us, his children.
Romans 8:28 “And we know that in all things God works for those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”
2 Peter 1:3 “His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness.”
Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
He has big plans for us! Does this mean that everything is always going to go our way and that there will never be any disappointment? Definitely not, but what it does mean is that His gifts and blessings are given based on His perfect Will and He will disperse them as He sees fit. He gives them based on how they will most benefit your walk with Him or His walk with someone else.
It is tempting sometimes to see things from our worldly perspective and to forget that He knows best. We are constantly bombarded on TV and Social Media with pictures of what we “should” be like.
Let’s say, for instance that you want to go to a specific college. You have worked hard to get in, your grades are great, your essay is spot-on, your interview went well, you think you are a shoo-in, but then you get the rejection letter in the mail. It can be very frustrating to want something so badly, and it not work out the way we think it should.
But God sees things differently than we do. He sees things from an eternal view while we see them as we are most familiar, temporal. He might see that at a different college, your relationship with Him will flourish into what He always intended. Or that He could show you a future career path from the college that He sets for you, or He knows that you will meet your future spouse. He is the God of the entire universe after all, He can see a 360-degree map of your life and where He wants it to lead. Our place as His children is to accept that He is working things out for our good even though we cannot see the ending. Even when we cannot see it, He can, and He is trustworthy.
Let’s take a moment and ask the Lord to give us a greater trust in His goodness, no matter the circumstance.
Lord, we just thank you for your infinite goodness. You are such an awesome God, the way that you provide everything that we need and protect us even when we don’t realize it. Thank you for sending your Son, Jesus to die for our sins. We pray that as we attempt to walk through this life in Your way, that we will seek you and your truths first and that when things don’t work out the way that we think they should, we will trust you to know what is best for us. It’s hard for us when we can’t see why things happen the way that they do but help us to put our faith completely in You, so that we can live Your way instead of ours. In Jesus’ name, Amen.