For the LORD God is a sun and shield: the LORD will give grace and glory: no good thing will He withhold from them that walk uprightly. ~ Ps. 84:11
Can I tell you how blessed you are? No matter what season you are in – goodness or growing – you are blessed! God has blessings piled up for you. And He’s waiting for you to come get them.
How do I know that? Because He said so… dozens of times, in His Word. More than that, I’ve experienced it in my own life. Let’s take a look, shall we?
First of all, it’s important to know – to really know – that God is good, all the time. He is abundant in goodness! There is no badness or evil in Him. He is Love personified, always giving, protecting, leading those who will accept His wisdom. None of the world’s woes were caused by Divine Love; it’s impossible for a wholly loving Being to be anything but good!
- When God created the world and mankind, everything He created was good and very good.
- When Moses asked to see God’s glory, God said He would make His goodness pass before him, proclaiming “The LORD God is merciful, gracious, longsuffering and abundant in goodness”.
- In Deuteronomy, when God started to teach His people how to live blessed lives, He gave them instructions for their good always, that He might preserve them – and us. God always has our good in mind because He is good and wants to do us good.
- He gave the Israelites good land, houses, food and all things necessary for their good. He fed them in the wilderness and tested their faith so that He could do thee good at thy latter end. Faith is your connection to His goodness.
- Deut. 28 details the Blessings of God’s good treasure and explains how to tap into them.
- Psalm 52 says the goodness of God endures continually and Psalm 84 declares that He withholds no good thing from those who walk uprightly.
- He sent Jesus to preach good tidings. And Jesus went about doing good and healing all.
- And in Romans 8, it says that all things work together for good…
So, how much good is going on in your life? Do you want more? There are things you can do to tap into the goodness of God in greater quantity and quality.
Hold onto peace. God is not a god of turmoil and unease. That’s your head or the devil’s maneuvering. Jesus clearly explained that Satan comes to steal, kill and destroy. Don’t give him any ground. Don’t listen to his lies. Jesus, the Prince of Peace, gave you His peace (John 14:27), and told you not to be troubled or afraid. Clearly, peace is a choice you make. It may take a [mental and emotional] battle, but you can hold onto peace, regardless of what happens in your life. Peace is good.
Hold onto His promises. You’ve heard it before but it’s so important. You can’t just know what the Bible says. You have to make it personal for yourself, affirming out loud (words have power, you know that) what He promised for you. The Apostle James (3:11) cautioned that blessing and cursing should not come from the same mouth, that a fountain does not send forth sweet water and bitter. Cursing is not just swear words. You curse your own life when you speak negative things about yourself and your situations. Stay on the blessing side with your words. His promises are good.
Hold onto patience. The book of Romans describes patience as a force or power. Patience enables God’s people to remain constant and committed, despite the trials and challenges of life. Patience trusts God to work out the details, knowing that all things truly do work together for good. God is our example. He patiently waited for the right time (more than 4,000 years) to send Jesus to the world. He never let go of His plan for our redemption, no matter what the devil tried to do to stop it. He just kept speaking His own promises through the voices of His prophets (Isaiah is full of them), knowing that what He spoke would come to pass. Patience protects faith and rejoices in hope. Psalm 37:7 says to “rest in the LORD, and wait patiently for Him.” Patience is good.
Hold onto forgiveness. God talks about forgiveness from Genesis to I John. It’s important to Him, so it should be important to us. His great mercy was the reason for sending Jesus as our Redeemer. Jesus bore the punishment for anything anyone has ever done or will do, so that we could be free to receive God’s goodness into our own lives. Should you not extend that same mercy to those around you? Unforgiveness blocks God’s goodness in your life – not because He withholds it, because your guilt and anger disconnect you from His blessing flow. Remember Jesus’ instruction to Peter: forgive not just seven times, but seventy times seven! Forgiveness is a choice, a decision made regardless of feelings. When your head tries to remind you how badly you were treated, talk back to yourself. “No, I forgave that person. It is over.” Forgiveness is good.
Hold onto love. Jesus’ commandment for New Testament believers is to love God and love others. Jude 1:21 says to “keep yourselves in the love of God”. Apparently, this is something that we must do because “No good thing will He withhold from those who love him” (Ps. 84:11). Love – divine agape love – is the most powerful force in the universe. It is God because ‘God is Love’ (I John 4:8). Repeatedly the Bible instructs us to love God, walk in His ways [of love] and ‘the LORD thy God shall bless thee’. Like a good parent, He cannot give you access to all of His wealth and goodness if you are going to abuse the privilege. His goodness is directly linked to your obedience to the commandment of Love. The love of God is patient, peaceful, forgiving. So should you be. Love is good.
As God’s kid, you are supposed to be overwhelmingly blessed and ready to be a blessing whenever you can. You are the child of the King! That makes you a prince or princess (are you grinning?), a ruler of your world. If you will rule yourself first, by doing those things that you know to do, you will tap into the goodness of God in full measure.
Mark explained that God uses our measure to measure back to us (v 4:24). So if you’re putting a thimbleful of effort into this, you’ll get a multiplied thimbleful back. God always multiplies, but wouldn’t you rather have a truck full instead of a thimble?
I Peter says that you should ‘show others the goodness of God’ and Romans says you should be ‘rich in goodness’. Hold onto peace, patience, forgiveness, love and His promises. Decide to tap into God’s goodness… for yourself and as a distributor. Goodness… it’s downright GOOD!