Wednesday, April 14, 2010

A Simple Reminder of A Good Truth. Psalm 100:5

When we say God is good do we know what we are talking about? We repeat the doctrine over and over since early childhood but do we have a clue what it means?

“For the Lord is good and his love endures for ever; his faithfulness continues through all generations.” Psalm 100:5. NIV.

If God is good and if God is infinite then he must be infinitely good. If you took all the goodness you ever experienced and added it up and measured it on a yardstick and compared it to God’s goodness your experience of good would only be a fraction of the first line on that stick. If you took all the good experienced by every human who ever lived and added it up and measured it against the goodness of God it might be an inch or two on that same yardstick, but the goodness of God would stretch beyond the yardstick and go past the stars and past the boundaries of all galaxies. The goodness of God is infinite because he is infinite; there is no measuring it, and no end to His goodness.

God does not sit on his throne all wrapped up in goodness just being good unto himself, or good just for the sake of goodness. If his goodness is not directed toward a need it is no good at all. God's goodness is brought into context when that goodness is directed toward needy and rebellious humanity. His goodness is not an intellectual exercise, it is His desire that we experience it.

Goodness without love is like a vehicle without fuel. It could be the most modern beautiful vehicle but without fuel, it is only a monument to be admired. Because God is loving His goodness is motivated toward us, and acts on our behalf. We are the recipients of both God's goodness and His love.

God's goodness and love does not change. Every relationship we know changes and people change but God’s character does not change. He is the same today as when we first experienced faith, and He is the same God that has come through for us in the past. His love endures forever, we will not outlast it, wear it out or use it up. His goodness and love does not decay, rust, get worn out, or disappointed. He will not turn off his goodness since He is faithful and committed to His goodness. We may fail Him and even give up but He will continue to show us faithfulness, love, and goodness.

When we suffer we wonder at God's goodness. We are not infinite like God so we can't understand what He is doing. Our lives are like a mosaic, but we only see one title; if we saw the whole we would wonder at the beauty. We must trust in His goodness. No matter what your struggle, difficulty or test remember God is good and more- he is faithful and loving. His infinite loving goodness is directed toward you.

(c) Adron
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