June 14, 2016 Sharee Rice

Goodness, not one, not some, but “all the days of my life.”

Have you ever questioned someone’s intentions? I have found myself there on occasions. Sometimes questioning the intent of others comes from a wrong and or skewed perspective.  This can cause you to hesitate where you wouldn’t normally and question the motives behind others actions.

Recently I went to Melbourne for a couple of days and spent every moment catching up with friends, from haircut, to breakfasts, to dinners and birthday celebrations, enjoying quality time with great friends in many different seasons. I love watching their seasons unfold, and seeing the goodness of God over their lives.

The usual two and half hour drive home was filled with reflections of the goodness of God over their lives. However, in this process my thoughts slipped toward “God, where is your goodness over my life? I could clearly see it over everyone else’s life, but my own?” Have you ever been there? You can see everything working out for everyone else but you. I started to ask questions and compare my season of life with others, and became discouraged and disappointed, and as I looked at everything that was missing or incomplete in my life I was filled with overwhelming emotion.

As this process unfolded in my mind, I was immediately reminded of a scripture “Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life” Psalms 23:6. This is scripture I had memorised in my early childhood, and it was now pounding in my mind. “God’s goodness shall follow me”, not one, not some, but “all the days of my life.” This was a confronting moment; this scripture was at war with my current state of mind, my amplified emotions and my reality.

My first reaction to this initially was, “clearly there is no goodness following me!” I was doubting the truth, and had started to believe the lie that God was holding out on me. Unknowingly I started to question God’s intentions.

Arriving home after long conversations with God, thinking upon this scripture and the idea of God’s goodness, I went inside and looked up every passage of scripture I could find on the topic. See what I understood about God is that He is the essence of good, goodness is His character, His nature and His attribute. There is no evil in Him. God is good.

Scriptures reminded me that, “The Lord is good to all, And His tender mercies are over all His works” Ps 145:9.  So God is good to all! My mind still battled this, and I thought what is all? Does all mean all? Me and everyone else? Or just those that appeared to have God’s goodness in their season of life? The result for me was being overwhelmed with these amplified emotions which matched the doubt, rather than the truth of what I know.

I looked further and God revealed more scriptures to me, and reminded me that the first attack Satan waged, was against the attribute of God’s goodness. Satan deceived Eve with the lie that God was holding back His goodness from her by not allowing her to eat from the tree in the middle of the garden. Satan managed to distort her perspective causing her to doubt God and His goodness. Not only did he manage to distort skew Eve’s perspective, he managed to destroy the intimacy that Eve had with God and his goodness as a result. It is the goodness of God that the enemy wants to distort in our lives. Satan succeeded so long ago with this approach and has not changed his tactics. Satan repeatedly tries to distort our view of God and His goodness, to have us question God’s intentions, and separate us further by causing doubt and disbelief to fill our minds.

Recently I caught up with a number of friends who have asked lots of questions about why God allows certain things to happen, for example: sickness, wars, bad things to good people. And it was in this moment I realised the importance of having a true perspective on God and His goodness.

God, knowing that separation came into the world through one man, chose also to removed it by one man, Jesus. (Romans 5:19-20). God is so good He gave His only son so we could have restored intimacy and relationship with God and His goodness.

Don’t allow Satan to distort your view of God.  Don’t allow him to separate you any further. God wants you to see and experience His goodness (Exodus 33:19). God’s goodness is stored up for you in the person of Jesus Christ, and he wants to lavish it over your life.  Psalm 31:19 says, “How great is the goodness you have stored up for those who fear you. You lavish it on those who come to you…”

Be confident that any bad thing that has happened in your life is not the work of God or the lack of the work of God, the bible says in Psalm 84:11 “No good thing will He withhold…” And He also states in Psalm 34:10 “those who trust in the Lord will lack no good thing.”  Know that what Satan intends for harm, God intends to bring good from it (Genesis 50:20).

As Romans 8:28 says, “And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.”

You have His goodness in and over your life, for all the days of your life.  Our God is by definition good, He has the state or quality of being good. This is our God.