“Oh, how great is Your goodness, which You have laid up for those who fear You, which You have prepared for those who trust in You in the presence of the sons of men.” (Psalm 31:19, NKJV)
How we view God will change the way we live and how we relate to others! A proper understanding and appreciation for who and what Jehovah God is will invariably lead to a life of blessing … for oneself … and for many generations to follow.
Our adversary … beginning in the Garden … has been working at convincing us that God is somehow holding out on us. It worked in the beginning and it is still working in the hearts of some today … but it doesn’t have to be that way.
God encourages us through the inspired words of David, “Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good; Blessed is the man who trusts in Him.” (Psalm 34:8, NKJV) And if we are wise … we will listen and obey.
God’s love for each of us is so great, matchless, and wonderful! He only wants what is best for each of us, just as wise and loving parents only want what is best for their children.
It is when we learn to see and appreciate His goodness that we can join with the Psalmist when he exclaims, “You are good and do good; Teach me Your statutes.” (Psalm 119:68, NKJV)
And of course, the ultimate demonstration of His immeasurable love and goodness is seen by the gift of His “only begotten Son” … Jesus Christ! It is through this gift that each of us is offered by God’s grace and mercy the opportunity to become one of His people through our faith and obedience!
But it doesn’t end there … it ends when we are finally able … again by His grace and mercy … to “enter into the joys of thy Lord” to “share in the Master’s happiness.” And this should be our heart’s greatest desire … to spend eternity with Him!
Heaven is not an accidental destination. It is a “prepared place” for a prepared people … people who have recognized the goodness of God … who have “tasted and seen that the Lord is good.”
Look around … see the goodness of God on display … in people, creation, the Book, the innumerable blessing that are provided to us by His goodness and love. How can we not be humbled … grateful … and faithful?
And then work to bear fruit that even when we are gone will bring a harvest of blessing and goodness to others.
In the busyness of life … may we remember what is of utmost importance … “seeking first the kingdom of God and His righteousness …” (Matthew 6:33, NKJV)
Others may promise beyond their ability to deliver … some will promise knowing they won’t deliver … but our God can always be depended on in providing a steady supply of that which comes from Him.
“Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning.” (James 1:17, NKJV)
Bill Fairchild, Jr.