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Encountering His Goodness!
Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good! Blessed is the man who takes refuge in him! (Psalm 34:8 ESV)
When your foundational belief and value is built on the revelation of the goodness of God, you will expect His blessings and abundance. The driving force behind His kindness is His goodness. God takes pleasure in the abundance of His children. When you really believe that God is good, you have a foundation to really believe and expect that He will bring favor and miracles to His people.
God's goodness is the ground of our expectation. Repentance, although necessary, is not meritorious but a condition for receiving the gracious gift of pardon that God gives of His goodness. - AW Tozer We need to remember this promise.
"No good thing does he withhold from those who walk uprightly" (Psalm 84:11 ESV). God is goodness by nature - it is His divine attribute and He cannot be anything other than His nature, which is goodness. God is always working to be goodness and benevolent in our lives. "All things work together for good to those who love God" (Romans 8:28 NKJV). The goodness of God is the kingdom in action. Jesus went about doing good, healing all oppressed of the devil! (see Acts 10:38). The very foundation of the ministry of healing is goodness. The Gospel is good news!
Goodness and Glory!
We cannot separate the glory of God and the goodness of God. A true encounter like Moses where he prayed, "please show me Your glory" brought a revelation of the goodness of God. In the original Hebrew language of Old Testament Scripture, the word used for the goodness of God is the same word used for the glory of God. The word is kabod, which means "weighty, splendor and majesty." God spoke to Moses and said, "I will make all My goodness pass before you, and I will proclaim the name of the Lord before you. I will be gracious, and I will have compassion on whom I have compassion (Exodus 33:19 NKJV).
The Gospel is Good News!
I believe that when our primary focus is on presenting the goodness of God in our preaching, we can see greater results than a condemning of overall negative focus.
It is through the richness of God's goodness that we find repentance (see Romans 2:4). "Goodness" here is from the Greek word chrestotes, which signifies more than goodness as a quality - it is goodness in righteous action, goodness expressing itself in deeds.
God's goodness is closely associated with "kindness." Chrestotes describes the kindlier aspects of goodness. From this we can understand that through God's kind goodness, He works with us carefully and patiently to bring us to repentance. Sometimes He firmly corrects us if we are especially hardheaded about overcoming a problem, or He may only need to reveal the problem to us. Either way, our powerful but kind God provides His Holy Spirit and the grace to help us to overcome. The Gospel is good news.
Seeing the Goodness of God!
"I had fainted, unless I had believed to see the goodness of thy Lord in the land of the living" (Psalm 27:13 KJV).
Regardless of the circumstance or situation, King David had a confident trust in the nature of God's goodness. In spite of all the battles he faced, it was evident he would see the goodness of God. Without David, it would be hard for me to believe in the goodness of God in this world. It is important to see things through the lens of God all the time in the good times and bad. God is the source of everything that is good.
"Every good thing bestowed and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation, or shifting shadow" (James 1:17 NAS). God does not withhold anything that is truly good from His children.
Remember "He satisfies the longing soul, and fills the hungry soul with goodness" (see Psalm 107:9).
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