Our life is changing again this week. Our older daughter heads back to college on Friday. She’s ready and I know it will be good for her to get back to her life and schedule there. What’s hard is knowing that the next time she leaves, her younger sister will be going, too! But, as the saying goes, we’ll cross that bridge when we get to it.
This month I’ve been sharing posts that focus on God’s goodness. His unchanging goodness is one of His character qualities that gives me such comfort and peace. Would I want to trust a God who’s only good some of the time? Of course not! But because our God is good all the time, I can trust Him in every situation.
Today I wanted to list out ten things we can know about God’s goodness based on Scripture.
1. God’s goodness doesn’t run out.
“…The Lord God, merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abundant in goodness and truth,” ~Exodus 34:6
We can’t use it up or age out of it. God’s goodness is plentiful and always more than enough for us.
2. No one is exempt from God’s goodness.
“The Lord is good to all: and his tender mercies are over all his works.” ~Psalm 145:9
None of us deserve God’s goodness, but He extends it to everyone. There’s no favoritism or partiality involved. His goodness is just part of His nature.
3. Every good thing we have comes from God.
“Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.” ~James 1:17
All good gifts come from God. Whether it’s material blessings, good health, or a loving family, they’re all sent to us from His hand.
4. Trusting in God’s goodness sustains us.
“I had fainted, unless I had believed to see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.” ~Psalm 27:13
There’s plenty in our world right now to discourage us. Yet we need to have a firm belief in God’s goodness. Not that every act happening around us is good, but we as Christians fundamentally know that God is in control. Believe His promises and trust in His providence.
5. It’s good to reflect on God’s goodness in our lives.
“They shall abundantly utter the memory of thy great goodness, and shall sing of thy righteousness.” ~Psalm 145:7
How powerful it is to look back over all the times God’s been good – how many there are! – and reflect on them. It encourages us in our faith.
6. As we trust God in all things, we can experience God’s goodness in our lives.
“O taste and see that the Lord is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him.” ~Psalm 34:8
This doesn’t mean life will always be easy, but if we’re willing to step out in faith and trust God, we will know His goodness is real. In fact, sometimes it’s through a trial that we’re brought face to face with how good He is.
7. Because of His goodness, God is worthy of our praise.
“Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name. For the Lord is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations.“~Psalm 100:4-5
We would be very remiss not to praise God for His abundant goodness. Let’s thank God privately and also publicly as we’re given an opportunity.
8. Because God is good, we can run to Him in our troubles.
“The Lord is good, a stronghold in the day of trouble; and He knows those who trust in Him.” ~Nahum 1:7
We don’t have to worry about God’s response when difficulty comes. Because He is good, He will be a refuge and shelter for us.
9. God has goodness stored up for His children.
“Oh how great is thy goodness, which thou hast laid up for them that fear thee; which thou hast wrought for them that trust in thee before the sons of men!” ~Psalm 31:19
God has goodness waiting for us here and now as well as in heaven. When the time is right, He releases this treasure into our lives. It’s exciting to consider that He has even more special grace and favor ahead for us!
10. Because God is good, we can trust Him to lead us.
“Teach me to do thy will; for thou art my God: thy spirit is good; lead me into the land of uprightness.” ~Psalm 143:10
We wouldn’t trust someone to lead us unless we’re confident that they have our best interest at heart. And God always does. We can follow Him without reservation.
As we go through the rest of our week, let’s spend some time meditating on the goodness of God.