Seeing God’s Goodness

by mandyade

“I remain confident of this: I will see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living.” (Psalm 27:13)

In the parable of the five talents the evil servant hid his talent because he knew his master was a hard master.  I detect some arrogance and a gross misunderstanding in his view of his master. Do you know why this servant was called evil? Not because he hid the talent and made no increase but because his motive for hiding the talent was evil. It originated from the evil one; he didn’t believe in the goodness of God, instead he had a warped, twisted view of the one who loved him.

Do you know why the successful servant was able to increase and get more talents, authority, influence and favor? Not because he was a smart business man but because he understood the goodness of his master. (Read Matthew 25)

Every man, woman or child that ever walked in God’s fullness had an understanding of His goodness. When Moses asked to see God’s glory, God did not respond by saying He would send His power, greatness or judgment, instead He told Moses that He would “cause all my goodness to pass in front of you’”(Exodus 33:18,19). God’s  glory and goodness go hand in hand.

Jesus tried to teach the rich young ruler about God’s goodness; that God’s goodness surpasses the best human goodness. When we try to succeed in life, ministry, parenting, anything by our own goodness we become sad because we are really quite helpless. But God’s goodness fills in our cracks and covers our inadequacies completely.

We must put on God’s goodness like a child pulls on his dad’s trousers; not only believing in His goodness but expecting it all the time.

Visualize His goodness, speak about His goodness, notice His goodness, rejoice in His goodness. When you are discouraged by your inadequacies focus on His goodness instead, when you are aware of sadness and tragedy, remember His goodness.

In every situation, good and bad, let your heart be fixed and confident in the goodness of the Lord!

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