His Great Goodness


Goodness and God are interchangeable. The rich storehouse of our Great God’s goodness cannot be over exaggerated or understood.

Surely goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever (Psalm 23:6).

If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. That’s the skeptic’s take on every news clip and advertisement. After being duped a time or two in the naiveté of years gone by, if the Publishers Clearing House and their camera crew stood on my porch telling me I just won $7,000 a week for life, my cynical side would shut the front door. There’s not a chance this is real. What’s the catch? It’s too good to be true!

There is One who is not too good to be true. The rich storehouse of our Great God’s goodness cannot be over exaggerated or understood. His abundant goodness cannot be repaid or replicated. All that God made is good. All that He does is good, and for our good. His ways, judgments, purposes, and gifts are all good.

Not one of His good promises will fail, including the precious promise of Psalm 23:6. Surely (for sure, for certain, you can count it, it’s a promise!) goodness (a description of who God is!) will follow (pursue, chase, hunt down!) you (look in the mirror, yes, YOU!) all the days of your life (a lifetime guarantee!)

Think on it. Goodness and God are interchangeable. It’s not just God’s goodness that’s following you; it’s God Himself. You can’t outrun Him. He won’t lose your trail. God won’t get winded, weary, or worn out in hunting you down with His love. It’s an ongoing pursuit. No weekends off, no holidays, no business hours, or automated responses. He’s not theoretically following you. God IS personally, actively, and intentionally chasing you with His goodness and love.

If nothing in your world feels good today, know that He hasn’t lost sight of you in the sea of humanity. He’s on it. He’s following you. If you doubt His goodness, cringe at His timing, or don’t understand the whys behind His plan, know that He cannot be less than Himself.* He is good. Will you trust Him?

In His great goodness He walks with us in the valleys, He speaks to us in our affliction, and bears our grief and distress as if they are His own (Psalm 23:4, Job 36:15, Isaiah 63:9). Will you trust Him?

To even catch a sliver of the depth of His goodness and love, how can we not be filled with gratitude? Celebrate His abundant goodness. Give thanks! Adore our great and good God.

HE>I: Where do you see evidence of God’s goodness pursuing you today?

Those who train themselves in God’s goodness and sovereignty: every year you grow, you find Him bigger.
- Mark Buchanan, The Rest of God: Restoring Your Soul by Restoring Sabbath
*God does not promise to bless Christians by removing suffering, but to bless Christians through suffering. God uses our suffering to bring about good. Sometimes this involves circumstances–but other times the “good” God works is in our character. -Timothy Keller, Galatians For You.
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