Psalm 27:13”I am confident I will see the Lord’s goodness in the land of the living.”
Psalm 31:19 “How great is Your goodness, Which You have stored up for those who [reverently] fear You.”
John 10:10 “The thief comes only in order to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have and enjoy life, and have it in abundance [to the full, till it overflows].”
James 4:7 “So submit to [the authority of] God. Resist the devil [stand firm against him] and he will flee from you.”
1 Peter 2:3-6 “Which You have prepared for those who take refuge in You, Before the sons of man! If in fact you have [already] tasted the goodness and gracious kindness of the Lord. Come to Him [the risen Lord] as to a living Stone which men rejected and threw away, but which is choice and precious in the sight of God. You [believers], like living stones, are being built up into a spiritual house for a holy and dedicated priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices [that are] acceptable and pleasing to God through Jesus Christ. For this is contained in Scripture: “Behold, I am laying in Zion a chosen stone, a precious (honored) Cornerstone, and he who believes in Him [whoever adheres to, trusts in, and relies on Him] will never be disappointed [in his expectations].”
We need to have this simple mindset day in and day out. God equals goodness. If something comes into our lives that is not bringing abundant life, it is not from God. Not only is He good, but He also, only brings good to us!
Many times Christians allow themselves to believe that being transformed into the image of Christ means God putting them through hell so they learn to persevere and become more like Christ. Nothing can be further from the truth. In fact, He did everything, even sacrificing His Only Begotten Son, so that we could experience an abundant life!
When we bear the cross, we must deny ourselves something we want in order to follow, but sickness, and anything else that kills, steals, or destroys comes straight from the pit of hell and we must resist these things. When we submit to the Lord, and follow Him there will be lots of moments where we must choose Yahweh over others, over our heart’s desires, or our preferences. Then we are taking up our cross and following Him.
God is only good! God brings only good! God will never disappoint you. We must expect to see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.
Prayer: Dear Heavenly Father, Forgive me if I have ever questioned Your goodness.
Confession: God is so good! I am confident I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living!