Tuesday, November 29, 2011

The Goodness of God

God is good!

If you say that in Ethiopia, people will respond by saying, "All the time!"

God is good all the time. The absolute goodness of the Father is critically fundamental to our view of God, our faith, our life and, in fact, everything pertaining to our existence! Jesus says that no one is good except God alone (Mark 10:18). In other words, God is good. Every miracle Jesus performed on earth was a demonstration of His goodness.

"Oh, taste and see that the LORD is good!" (Psalm 34.8)

This past week, He let me taste and see that He is absolutely good.

One of my favorite ways of having a conversation with the Father is journaling. I write directly to Him. Then I listen and write down what I feel God is saying to me.

For the last 12 months or so, there has been one recurring topic of conversation between Him and me. What He was saying about it was outrageously good. In fact, it seemed too good to be true. “Is it really possible?” “Maybe I am making these up in my mind.” "It cannot be for me!" These were my reactions. Frankly, I doubted many times if I was really hearing God. But the same answers kept coming back to me whenever we talked about this same topic in my journal.

Then this past week, I discovered that much of what He was telling me indeed was the reality. What seemed to be too good to be true was true. I was stunned, overjoyed and humbled. Frankly, I was not so moved by the good that came true as much as by the fact that God is good enough to bring that about in my life.

That God is good enrages Satan and his forces of darkness greatly. They along with the flesh and the world will try everything to steal from us that truth in our life. Because there is so much joy, peace, freedom and strength when you can walk with the deep knowledge and unwavering conviction that God is absolutely good all the time.