If God is a good God, why does He allow such suffering and pain in the world? God loves you so much He wanted that love returned with your free will. Adam made some bad choices in the garden that led to war, heartache, death and destruction. Satan has had a field day blaming God, when really mankind’s choices have continued in an out of control spiral.
The good news is, God is good. This is based on His character, His core quality, not on our circumstances. In His goodness we have love, victory, and life with Jesus now through life’s difficulties and forevermore. He is with you no matter what. In John fourteen Jesus said, “I promise that I will never leave you helpless or abandon you as orphans…you are one with me, for I will be living in you.” (John 14:18a, 20b, TPT)
You are cascaded with God’s comfort, love, kindness and mercy. How do you realize this and walk in it? Here’s six ways to ponder His goodness and release it into your life:
1 – Gratitude
Gratitude brings a mindset of realizing the goodness of God. The more you are thankful the easier it gets. Like strengthening a muscle, the power of gratitude and thankfulness gets stronger as you operate in an attitude of gratitude. Praise God and you will realize His goodness. Realize His goodness and you will praise Him. This is good in the good times and also the bad times. “Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name. For the Lord is good and his love endures forever;” (Psalm100:4-5a NIV)
2 – Gifts
God gives good gifts to you: healing, peace, joy, strength, blessings and kindness. “Every gift God freely gives to us is good and perfect, streaming down from the Father of lights,“ (James 1:17 TPT) One good gift He gives to you is comfort, and then you can give that gift of comfort to others who may be hurting. This cascading comfort enables many to go on despite heartbreak when they are touched by your empathy. (See II Corinthians I:3,4)
3 – Garden
This denotes a sacred space where you experience the presence of the Lord. In 1912 Austin Miles wrote a song called “In The Garden,” which says when you come to the garden He walks with you and He talks with you and He tells you you are His own. It’s a place of intimacy where you can give to God your deepest struggles, as Jesus did before His crucifixion in the garden. It is a place where angels came and ministered to Him, a place He chose to go to for you.
4 – Grace
Grace is a gift from God that give you access to God. Because of God’s great love, goodness and mercy, He saved you from death, raised you up with Christ, and you are now co-seated as one with Christ. (See Ephesians 2:4-9) What a good place to be!
5 – Gaze
Gaze on Jesus and his Word. As you focus on the Gift-Giver and meditate on His Word, you will see the hope, strength and power you have and not the trouble consuming you. Magnify Him and He will get bigger and your troubles will get smaller. When you meditate on His Word you will have success, you will prosper, be strong and have good courage in a good God. (See Joshua 1:8-9)
6 – Goodness
Goodnessis a positive emotion along with peace, joy and forgiveness. Choose these and they change your brain wiring to smooth and healthy paths. If you focus on negative, toxic emotions such as evil, hate, and unforgiveness you will be more prone to dis-ease and anxiety. Your good health depends on walking with your good God. (See Switch On Your Brain by Dr. Caroline Leaf. p. 35-36)
When my husband was dying at age thirty-two I felt like my world was turned upside down and falling apart. I went to the hospital chapel and there was a stained glass with out stretched arms that said “Underneath are the everlasting arms.” (Deuteronomy 33:27) I wasn’t in a good place, but I knew the good God would keep me from falling, and that was a good place to be.
The Hebrew word for good is kalos which can also mean beautiful, virtuous or excellent. This defines Jesus, who He is and what He does. He is your Good Shepherd who leads you and feeds you. His rod and staff they comfort you. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow you all the days of your life and you will dwell in the House of the Lord forever. (See Psalm 23)