Goodness of God
By Margaret D. Mitchell
Week of September 26, 2021
God is good no matter what we experience or do, even when we operate in self-justified sin. But, as we look to His beauty and trust and obey Him, we can see His goodness progressively in our lives.
He will fulfill His divine promises to us and bring us into abundance as we follow our Good Shepherd (Jesus) and do life His way (John 10:11).
Deuteronomy 30:8-9 NLT say that when we obey Him, "The LORD your God will then make you successful in everything you do..."
If you are a person who has a hard time depending on anyone, the good news is that you can always count on God, even when people fail you, because He is faithful to His Word.
Psalm 107:9 TPT assures us of this by saying, "How he satisfies the souls of thirsty ones and fills the hungry with goodness!"
God invites us to feast at His table, to partake in all He has for us—His fruit of Spirit and earthly inheritance as He wills.
There is no shortage in God’s Kingdom. He gives good gifts to His children who ask, and those gifts are always better than what we think we want on demand (Matt 7:11).
Many already know this truth and shine with praises to God as loving Father.
Psalm 89:1 TPT says, "This forever-song I sing of the gentle love of God! Young and old alike will hear about your faithful, steadfast love—never failing!"
"For he has conquered us with his great love, and his kindness has melted our hearts. His faithfulness lasts forever, and he will never fail you" (Ps 117:2 TPT).
Psalm 52:1 ESV reminds us that "The steadfast love of God endures all the day."
It is from this enduring, everlasting love that His goodness prevails.
God’s goodness is His intrinsic moral excellence (Strong’s #19). This Fruit of the Spirit in us is what enables us to do good. It’s what makes us useful and well-fit for Kingdom purposes and is void of harshness (Strong’s #5544). God’s goodness is full of benefit and is for our welfare (Strong’s #2896).
God’s Word is filled with His goodness. His (good news) gospel is more than the first four books of the Bible. Every Word from His Spirit is gospel—written and revealed—because His Word brings life to us when we receive His invitation for all He desires to give us by faith.
God has been carrying us through opposition into our land of Promise. The Word Holy Spirit gave to me in early September was "traverse." He has been traversing us, as in defending us and moving us along by His amazing grace-power.
People who share in God’s heart of love get to participate in His victory of goodness. Those who learned to fight in the Spirit, above the flesh, are now being delivered into their promises. As they learned to trust and believe that God's power carries weight and that they don’t have to add any false weight of harshness.
1 Corinthians 2:9 AMPC says, "...What eye has not seen and ear has not heard and has not entered into the heart of man, [all that] God has prepared (made and keeps ready) for those who love Him [who hold Him in affectionate reverence, promptly obeying Him and gratefully recognizing the benefits He has bestowed]. [Isa. 64:4; 65:17.]"
Even if you don’t feel like you are on the winning edge right now, you are still one of these people as you turn your heart toward God.
2 Corinthians 7:10 TPT tells us that "God designed us to feel remorse over sin in order to produce repentance that leads to victory. This leaves us with no regrets. But the sorrow of the world works death."
God assures us of this victory promise in Deuteronomy 7:9 NIV, which says, "Know therefore that the LORD your God is God; he is the faithful God, keeping his covenant of love to a thousand generations of those who love him and keep his commandments."
As we trust God for our bright future He has stored up for us, waiting to be released, He offers us a key strategy in Isaiah 41:10 TPT, which says, "Do not yield to fear, for I am always near. Never turn your gaze from me, for I am your faithful God. I will infuse you with my strength and help you in every situation. I will hold you firmly with My victorious right hand."
Pray with me if you will…
Thank You that You love me enough to not leave me in a lifetime of harsh regret. Thank You that Your written Word offers me examples of Your righteous goodness and that, by Your Spirit, You will deliver me into it fully. This day, I hand You my sorrows. I confess my selfish wrongdoing and turn toward You to restore my life. You say in Psalm 6:4 TPT that when I turn to You that You will "rescue my life because I know Your faithful love will never fail me." So, I am asking You to rescue and restore my life to Your higher place of holiness, filled with abundant blessings. I surrender my ways to Yours and invite You to do that which only You can do in me, for me, and through me.
In Jesus’ Mighty Name,
Now, "May the God of your hope so fill you with all joy and peace in believing [through the experience of your faith] that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound and be overflowing (bubbling over) with hope" (Romans 15:13 AMPC).
To God be the glory.
Margaret D. Mitchell is the Founder of God's Love at Work, a marketplace outreach purposed to share God's greatest power source - the love of Christ.