We are all living in a world where trouble and hardships abound. There is devastation and calamity in every nation and hopelessness is easily found. More than ever, evil is on the increase and the hearts of people, everywhere, cry out for mercy and justice. In all of this heartache and desperation, where is the God we profess to know? How can we find Him amongst all the chaos and despair? And in all this hopelessness, how can we possibly say He is good?
I cannot recall her exact words, but I once read something Gloria Copeland wrote. She spoke about hopelessness not being devastation and famine, nor is it a collapsed economy, poverty or loss. Hopelessness isn’t even the devastation and destruction people suffer from natural disasters, senseless wars, or the wicked greed of evil men. Rather, Hopelessness in not knowing God in this world, and being a stranger to His covenant promises.
In a world where God’s goodness is constantly being placed on trial, we, His children, should be the greatest advocates of His good nature. We should be so confident in expecting, knowing, and experiencing His goodness for ourselves, that our lives become a shining beacon of hope in this dark world. How do we expect and know His goodness? We find Him in His Word! And the more we renew our minds to its truth, we begin to see Him as He really is. The eyes of our hearts become enlightened so that we can know Him in a way that transcends just mental knowledge. When we find God in His Word, our spirits are energised with His truth and it begins to fill and flood our lives until it overflows and influences every part of us. By His Spirit, we begin to see God as He really is and to know and experience His goodness towards us. As we start tapping into how good God’s Word says He is, we draw from it the revelation of His true character, and that can never be taken away from us.
Ephesians 1:17-18 says, “[For I always pray to] the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, that He may grant you a spirit of wisdom and revelation [of insight into mysteries and secrets] in the [deep and intimate] knowledge of Him. By having the eyes of your heart flooded with light, so that you can know and understand the hope to which He has called you, and how rich is His glorious inheritance in the saints (His set-apart ones),...”
Finding God in His Word, by His Holy Spirit not only satisfies and saturates our souls, it brings on a faith filled expectancy to see His goodness everywhere we go, in spite of what is going on in the world around us.
It’s the goodness of God that ransomed and redeemed us from the one who was stronger than us (Jeremiah 31:11; 1 Peter 1:18-19). Its the goodness of God that causes His powerful love, that never fails, to be poured into our hearts by His Holy Spirit (Romans 5:5). It’s God’s goodness that has His Spirit constantly work within us, doing His perfect will and fulfilling His good purpose (Ephesians 3:20). And it’s His goodness that always causes us to triumph, giving us victory and making us conquerors in Him, regardless of what is going on around us (1 Corinthians 15:57).
Now how would we ever know this, or have faith to believe it, if we were ignorant of what His Word says about Him and His good intentions concerning us? And if we never knew about His goodness for ourselves, from His Word of truth, how could we ever be beacons of hope for others who are lost and searching for the truth? Philippians 2:13, 15 & 16 says, “[Not in your own strength] for it is God Who is all the while effectually at work in you [energizing and creating in you the power and desire], both to will and to work for His good pleasure and satisfaction and delight...That you may show yourselves to be blameless and guileless, innocent and uncontaminated, children of God without blemish (faultless, unrebukable) in the midst of a crooked and wicked generation [spiritually perverted and perverse], among whom you are seen as bright lights (stars or beacons shining out clearly) in the [dark] world. Holding out [to it] and offering [to all men] the Word of Life,...”AMPC
Why not take time this week to meditate on the scriptures I only gave reference to and didn’t type out, concerning God’s goodness towards you. Remember, the goodness we can confidently expect from Him is based on the credibility of the good He has already done for us! Romans 8:31& 32 says, “What then shall we say to [all] this? If God is for us, who [can be] against us? [Who can be our foe, if God is on our side?] He who did not withhold or spare [even] His own Son but gave Him up for us all, will He not also with Him freely and graciously give us all [other] things?”AMPC. Confidently expect and enjoy His goodness today!