Psalm 37:13 – “I would have despaired unless I had believed that I would see the goodness of the LORD In the land of the living.” NASB
We say, “God is Good” and often the other person will respond, “All the time!” We say it, but how much do we truly believe in the Goodness of God? There are those that push His mercy and goodness beyond measure and declare that everyone will ultimately go to heaven. They argue that hell was prepared for the devil and his angels and man will not go there. That requires them to ignore many of the teachings of Jesus, teaching in both Testaments, and the inspired declarations of those men used to write the words we have in the Bible. To press God’s Goodness and Mercy to that extent removes the need of the Cross, the requirement of repentance, and makes much of the Bible unnecessary. Others make God an Angry Overload waiting for us to slip up so he can punish us. If punishment was God’s desire, we would have been snuffed out long ago.
One of the things I have discovered about David was that he was a man who learned the value of Praise & Worship! He praised God out of His Love for God! He learned that early in his life and I am convinced and find sufficient indication in scripture to suggest that he praised God while tending his father’s flocks as a youth. His attitude toward God was shaped by his adoration of God and developed through his praise of God. Thus, this passage in Psalm 37 comes from his lips and from his pen. It offers hope to everyone who has, is, or will struggle in life. It offers encouragement to all who encounter forces that want to destroy them. It focuses not on the problem but the Person of God and that aspect of His character that brings us Grace and Mercy – His Goodness!
I have people tell me from time to time that they are encountering some evil because God is trying to teach them a lesson. That is disturbing to me. Blaming God for the difficulties in your life is a dangerous position. You are suggesting that God is so incapable of teaching us Life Lessons that He must rely on the devil to achieve His purposes. The Bible says that the Promises of God are “Yes and Amen”. The Bible tells us that it is our Heavenly Father’s Good Pleasure to give us the Kingdom. The Bible tells us that God takes no pleasure in the death of the wicked but desires they turn from their wickedness. (Ezekiel 18:23).
We tend to relegate something we cannot understand or that we fail to believe for or realize in our lives as an “act of God” to teach us something. Some of God’s promises are so incredible we are unable to fully embrace them and rather than seeing our lack a cause to press into His presence we excuse ourselves by saying, “This is our Cross to bear.”
God is our Father and He is a Father! No earthly father, who has any sense of decency, compassion, and love for his children would break their arms to teach them a life lesson. No earthly father would put snakes in the crib of their baby. God is our Father! In Psalm 103:13, we read, “As a father has compassion on his children, so the Lord has compassion on those who fear Him.”
In 1 John 3:1 we find the incredible revelation, “See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called the children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know Him.” In Matthew 6:26 the amazing declaration that should be taken to heart daily is, “Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?” In Luke 6:36 we find the mandate, “Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.”
God is Loving, Kind, Merciful, Gracious, Longsuffering, and GOOD! I truly believe that He is more willing to show us His Goodness than we are to discover it. We are somehow, it seems, terrified of discovering the Goodness of God and living in that Goodness daily. That place, in His Presence, would require us to dismantle some of our flawed theology and kill some sacred cows of religion. That place, in His Presence, would require us to Live Supernaturally while living in the natural. It would cause us to press into His Presence and not only pray but believe that He meant it to be a reality when He challenged us to pray in Matthew 6, “Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed by Thy Name. Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.”
It is my prayer and desire to believe more in the Goodness of God and experience more of His Presence in my personal life and carry that Light and Life to the world around me. I want to be more than a representative of Jesus, I want to manifest Him and through the power of the Holy Spirit, destroy the works of the devil.
God bless you as you enjoy this wonderful day in Him!