“Life is just hard right now.” I have heard this phrase in different forms over and over from people lately. Tensions are high; morale is low. Anxiety and stress are rampant. Uncertainty is a constant. People are angry, the world is unsettled and has been for a while.
I am longing for some good news.
The good news is that God is good. It’s easy to forget that in our world today. I have never experienced anything like I have the last 19 months or so and I bet you haven’t either.
I have heard story after story from people who are just going through tough times, and it doesn’t seem to be getting better.
But, there is a truth to remember - God is good. He brings good things into our lives. He has good things in store for us… He wants good things for us… He is good. In fact, He is the very definition of good. The Gospel is good news. Jesus came into the world to save us from our sins. He came to give us life abundantly. The Spirit lives within us so we can experience joy, peace and God’s goodness.
In these times we may have to look for God’s goodness and focus on what He is doing. Dive into His word, meditate on it, and then find the good, look around to see the goodness of God.
David, the Psalmist who penned Psalm 23, wrote, “Surely, your goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life…” - Psalm 23:6. I love the picture of this. Being followed by God’s goodness and love, as if we could just turn around and see them there, right behind us, following us and going through life with us. God’s goodness follows us throughout our day, a constant companion, a dear friend. His goodness goes where you go. Do you see it?
What is good in your life? That’s a real question. What is good in your life? Do you see His goodness? Are you experiencing His goodness in your life? (The answer is “yes’, the question really is “Where?”)
The truth of Scripture is the truth for life. In the following are statements… reminders… signs… to look for the goodness of God in your life. If you are not seeing or experiencing His goodness now, stop and pray and ask Him to show you His goodness that you may see His work and know.
May you experience the true “Life is good” today in your life.
Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good! Blessed is the man who takes refuge in him! - Psalm 34:8
For the Lord God is a sun and shield; the Lord bestows favor and honor. No good thing does he withhold from those who walk uprightly. - Psalm 84:11
The Lord is good to all, and his mercy is over all that he has made. - Psalm 145:9
You are good and do good; - Psalm 119:68a
The Lord is good, a stronghold in the day of trouble; he knows those who take refuge in him. - Nahum 1:7
I believe that I shall look upon the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living! - Psalm 27:13