You’ve heard the saying…
God is good, all the time! All the time, God is good!
You’ve probably even said it yourself as you’ve gathered with other people who KNOW, LOVE, and TRUST Him.
But I think those words are a sticking point for some. When they look around and see good people face devastation while those who celebrate evil seem to live luxurious lives of ease, they wonder … is God really good?
This verse from Psalm 119 grabbed my attention today…
You are good and do only good;Psalm 119:68
teach me your decrees.
How can we know for sure that God is good all the time?
Well, let’s take a look at some things Scripture says about God’s goodness…
O Lord, You are so good, so ready to forgive,Psalm 86:5
so full of unfailing love for all who ask for Your help.
Whatever is good and perfect is a gift coming down to us from God our Father, who created all the lights in the heavens. He never changes or casts a shifting shadow. He chose to give birth to us by giving us His true word. And we, out of all creation, became His prized possession.James 1:17–18
Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good!Psalm 107:1
His faithful love endures forever.
God is good! It’s who He is and He cannot deny or go against who He is. Everything He created was originally good. (Genesis 1:31) And after the people He created sinned and brought imperfection to His perfect world, He promised a Savior to give them a good future that lasts forever. (John 3:16)
That first sin was prompted by the enemy of our souls tempting Adam and Eve to doubt God’s goodness and love and he’s still at it today. He jumps up and down shouting, “Look over here at all the things these evil people are getting away with.” Or he makes it personal asking, “How can a good God ask you to go through something like this?”
But look at Paul’s word to the Romans…
We know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to His purpose for them.Romans 8:28
Paul who was shipwrecked, beaten, stoned, and imprisoned wrote that God causes everything to work together for His good purposes. Our God takes what the enemy intends for evil and uses it for good.
So, we can pray with confidence…
Do good to Your servantPsalm 119:65–66
according to Your word, Lord.
Teach me knowledge and good judgment,
for I trust Your commands.
And we can proclaim with faith…
Surely Your goodness and unfailing love will pursue mePsalm 23:6
all the days of my life,
and I will live in the house of the Lord forever.
Because … God is good all the time and all the time God is good!
A Prayer to Be Sure that God is Good
Father, You are good! You are gracious, merciful, and loving. You created a perfect world for us and when we gave in to temptation and sinned, You promised Jesus, our Savior, would take the punishment we deserved upon Himself and make all things new.
John wrote: “Then I say a new heaven and a new earth … I heard a loud shout from the throne, saying, “Look, God’s home is now among his people! He will live with them, and they will be His people. God Himself will be with them. He will wipe every tear from their eyes, and there will be no more death or sorrow or crying or pain. All these things are gone forever.”
And the one sitting on the throne said, “Look, I am making everything new!” And then He said to me, “Write this down, for what I tell you is trustworthy and true.” (Revelation 21:3–5)
Yes, You are good! I KNOW You are good because I have experienced Your goodness in my life. I have seen You keep Your promises. I have received forgiveness through Jesus and I have been comforted, strengthened, and given peace, joy, patience, and so much more through Your Spirit.
Your grace is sufficient. (2 Corinthians 12:9) Your mercy never ends. (Lamentations 3:22) And Your perfect love never fails. (Psalm 143:8) I thank and praise You forever and always. Amen.
Do you remember the following verse from Psalm 34?
Taste and see that the Lord is good.Psalm 34:8
Oh, the joys of those who take refuge in Him!
And these notes from the Life Application Bible?
“Taste and see” does not mean, “Check out God’s credentials. Instead, it is a warm invitation: “Try this; I know you’ll like it.”
May we sincerely SEEK God and His goodness. May we invite those we love to SEEK Him as well. Because when we experience the Lord’s goodness, KNOWing, TRUSTing, and LOVING and OBEYing Him becomes the desire of our hearts.
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