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Do You Long for the Goodness of Life?

  • Kay Arthur Precepts for Life
  • Updated Nov 09, 2022
Do You Long for the Goodness of Life?
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When you look at the disintegration of marriages, homes, families, relationships, morals, and society in general, do you wonder what is happening? Do you wonder why godly life principles, a sense of honor and moral restraint, graciousness, and propriety are slipping away?

Why has school, work, getting married, being a wife and mother, a husband and a breadwinner taken on such an atmosphere of anxiety? Why is there stress rather than joy? Why have people in general become so narrow-mindedly "me" centered? Why are we so broadly tolerant that whatever others think, we accept it as right? Why is our society made up of so many frustrated, unrestrained individualists who put self before others?

Why, Beloved?

Have you considered it might be because we have lost our sense of the fear of God?

Romans 3:11-18 describes what happens when people lose their reverential trust and awesome respect for God. It describes what happens when a generation is raised apart from a biblical knowledge of God.

Read the scripture for yourself, dear friend, and see what you think!

11 "There is none who understands, there is none who seeks for God"

12 "All have turned aside, together they have become useless; there is none who does good, there is not even one."

13 "Their throat is an open grave, with their tongues they keep deceiving, the poison of asps is under their lips"

14 "Whose mouth is full of cursing and bitterness"

15 "Their feet are swift to shed blood"

16 "Destruction and misery are in their paths"

17 "And the path of peace have they not known"

18 "There is no fear of God before their eyes"

The passage you've just read is the self-portrait of a person who does not acknowledge the God of the Bible. It is the epitome of someone who walks according to his or her own understanding-dictated by his or her own desires, making decisions according to personal criteria that ignores God and His Word.

This is why those who claim to know God and are raised in the church can rationalize their unbiblical behavior. The world dictates their morals and their values. This is why some men tell their wives to submit, but don't love them as Christ loves the church; why they neglect their families; why women put their careers and self-development before their God-ordained, biblically-prescribed roles as wives and mothers; why spouses walk out because they are no longer in love; why divorces are rationalized; why people live together and sleep together before they are married; why sin is so readily excused among leaders of our nation.

What happens when the Ten Commandments disappear from public places, when prayer is removed from schools, when you raise a generation that does not know God and is not parented and . . . "every man [does] what [is] right in his own eyes"?

Pick up almost any newspaper or magazine. Read what's written and pictured on the cover. The Internet, television, Hollywood-it's so polluted. Are we a society that fears God?

You and I desperately need to know what the Lord abhors and what the Lord approves of-and the consequences of not living accordingly.

Abraham feared for his life,"'Because I thought, surely there is no fear of God in this place . . .'" (Genesis 20:11 NAS).

In a sense, you and I need to do the same.

We need to do everything we can, dear one, to instill-first in our own lives, in the lives of our children, our families, our churches, and then in our society-a biblical knowledge of God.

"The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge" (Proverbs 1:7).

Knowledge begins with information but goes beyond to wisdom-the "know how" to apply information to the everyday situations of life. Thus the book of Proverbs tells us 9:10 that "the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding."

There is no better time than now to discipline ourselves anew for the purpose of godliness; to set schedules, to order our days, to stop and think about our future and where we want to be-and where we want our children to be-a year, two years from now.

O Beloved, let's do as God instructs us, consciously redeem the time because the "days are evil."

If you want children who will someday rise up and call you blessed, rather than rebuking you for not warning them, then you must teach a life lived and ordered by "the fear of the Lord."

Look at Psalm 31:19: "How great is Your goodness, which You have stored up for those who fear You, which You have wrought for those who take refuge in You."

Take note. God's goodness is only for those who fear Him. And to fear Him is to have an awesome respect of God and a reverential trust for Him.

Do you fear the Lord, Beloved?

If this is your desire, please know we are here for you. We have all sorts of ways to help you and your family to know God and His Word for yourselves.

April 27, 2009

How to Recognize God's Goodness Every Day

1. Recognize God’s Goodness in Nature. “And God saw everything that he had made, and behold, it was very good.” (Genesis 1:31 ESV). God, our Creator, spoke the world into existence. On the sixth day, He proclaimed it, very good. Not just good as He labeled the other days of creation before but very good. God is unchanging, so if He proclaimed creation very good then, it remains very good now. God is evident in His creation. In every season, and every location across the globe, God is intentional in every note of nature and purposefully surrounds us with magnificent reminders of His faithfulness and goodness, both as large as a sunrise sky and as small and intricate as a blooming flower. “God knows that we are forgetful,” wrote Pastor Ben Reaoch for desiringGod, “So he gives us memorials.” 

2. Recognize God’s Goodness in People. “And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose” (Romans 8:28 ESV). We were created in God’s image to glorify Him. He has good plans for us. Those, in Christ, are “called according to his purpose.” His purposes draw us, and others, closer to Him. Our mission on this earth is to share the hope we have in Jesus Christ through the gospel. “Love God, and love your neighbor,” are the most important commands. The people in our lives are purposefully placed. We were not meant to be alone. The people in our lives are part of God’s purpose for our lives. Some are meant to breathe life and love in our lives, and others we are meant to share the hope and love of Jesus with. All things working together for good, conforms us to the image of Jesus (Romans 8:29).

3. Recognize God’s Goodness in Answered Prayers. “Oh, taste and see that the LORD is good! Blessed is the one who takes refuge in him!” (Psalm 34:8 ESV). Answered prayer reminds us of God’s goodness. King David wrote Psalm 34 in reference to a perilous situation he found himself in. His point of view is critical, because God’s goodness can be found not only when His blessings are obvious, but also when the bottom falls completely out. Good people will suffer and through that suffering, God remains good. God hears our prayers, and He is moved by the prayers of the righteous.

(Excerpted from "10 Ways to Recognize the Goodness of God Daily" by Meg Bucher)

Further Reading:

What "God is Good" Really Means - 5 Examples

What Is the Goodness of God?

Do You Long for the Goodness of Life?

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