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God is Good!

May 17, 2017, 10:52 AM

For the LORD God is a sun and shield;  
The LORD gives grace and glory;
No good thing does He withhold from those who walk uprightly.
- Psalm 84:11

Praying to God for what the things we need and want is so much easier when we have a clear understanding of His character, how good and generous He is. The reason God does not withhold any good thing is because He is good–infinitely good, completely good, always good.  When we “walk uprightly” we live a life with integrity, which means we seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness (Matthew 6:33), we will more readily see that God does not withhold good things from His children.  

Sometimes we doubt His goodness because not everything that happens to us seems good to us.  Living in a fallen world such as ours, we do experience pain, suffering, confusion and frustrations.  But this does not mean that God is not good.  The Cross of Christ settled that question once and for all long ago.  

A Christian that doubts God’s goodness is in trouble.  We simply will not trust someone that we don’t believe has our best interest at heart.  And if we don’t trust God, we won’t grow.  It is as simple as that.  

However, if we understand His character, we will also understand that in His goodness, He does not always give us everything we ask for because He knows what is best for us and his will for us.  He is the sun, the light and can reveal the truth of our needs and desires.  He also is a shield of protection against our own wants and desires when our will is contrary to His will.  

Know that Satan’s number one strategy is to cast doubt in your mind about God’s loving goodness.  He will tell you that God has not really forgiven you, or that you don’t really need forgiveness.  He will make God out to be a cruel taskmaster.  

Don’t believe the devil!  God is good all the time, even when things don’t go your way, God is always good.  

Every time you are tempted to doubt God’s goodness, remind yourself of the cross.  For it is there that God’s loving goodness for you was nailed down once and for all.