Show Me Your Goodness, Lord
July 21, 2020
We need to be honest with ourselves as we examine our thoughts. We must ask ourselves above all else: Do I believe in God’s goodness? Do I have any suspicions that God will not manifest His good and perfect plan in my life? If we cannot truthfully respond with a definite yes, then I suspect our prayers may come up short. Do all of us experience occasional doubt? I believe we do to some degree. The key is to recognize it, and attempt to change our attitude. For if we don’t, the Bible makes it clear that we minimize the power of our prayers.
I find this so sad yet so common. When life goes wrong, we tend to ask, “God, where are You in this?” When our minds drift to unholy thoughts, we cannot expect anything from the hand of God. James 1:5-7 tells us: If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him. But when he asks, he must believe and not doubt, because he who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. That man should not think he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man and unstable in all he does.
If this is where you are today, I pray that God will restore your confidence in Him, and that you will recognize His greatness and power daily in all areas of your life. I pray that God will bring to your heart a renewed and unshakable spirit, one that completely believes without wavering in God’s sovereign plan. Regardless of what Satan desires for you to believe, regardless of world events or personal issues you may be dealing with, you must believe God is good and He is good all the time. I write this not just for you; this is also the reminder I need for myself today.
Several years ago, I experienced one of the most challenging trials of my life, one that really came out of left field. Thank God it only lasted nine months, although it felt much longer. At times I look back and wonder that if I had had more confidence in God’s goodness and in His perfect plan, if perhaps the duration of my trial could have been substantially shortened. Most assuredly I would have gone through much less anxiety.
Although I was in God’s word every chance I had, although I was on my hands and knees praying day and night, although I had countless family and friends praying, my mind struggled with constant doubt of God’s goodness with this particular trial. At the time I could not fathom one good thing that could come from it.
My saving grace was visualizing and meditating on a day when God would fulfill His promises to me, and it would all come to an end. Obviously, the Lord didn’t tell me when this would occur, but I believe the Holy Spirit gave a clear picture to my heart and mind to bring me comfort and hope.
My son and daughter-in-law’s wedding had been scheduled a few months prior to the beginning of this difficult time. During this trial I would quote scripture that would affirm belief in what I was praying, and not doubting that I would receive. I would constantly envision my husband and me at my son’s wedding. I would picture us dancing together and celebrating their beautiful day with light and carefree hearts. It became so real to me that I could almost feel the relief and almost taste the goodness of God. Guess what? The hope and desire of my heart did in fact become reality, exactly two weeks prior to my son’s big day!
When my doubts (or should I say Satan) crept back into my thoughts, I recalled God’s promises of goodness in His written word, and then I would replay those words in my mind over and over. Some might call it daydreaming, but I now know it was a work of the Spirit. That beautiful day in September finally arrived. We danced without the weight of the world on our shoulders! We joyfully celebrated! My thoughts as I lived out my hopes and dreams were, “How could I have ever doubted your goodness, Lord?”
We are all experiencing challenging times. And just like with my situation, we can all wake up one morning, and it will all be over. I was just a phone call away from all of it being done, just like that. Today I have been asking God to show me what the other side of our country’s crises will look like. Perhaps you can start asking the spirit of God for a glimpse of His goodness, a picture in your mind of what you hope and pray life will look like for you in the next year. It isn’t a matter of being presumptuous as some may think, it is called unhindered faith!
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.
2 Corinthians 4:17
The sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us.
Oh Lord, you are my God. I will exalt you and praise your name; for in perfect faithfulness you have done marvelous things, things planned long ago.
Psalm 69:22, 27
Let their own table before them become a snare, and when they are at peace, let it become a trap. Add to them punishment upon punishment, may they have no acquittal from you.
The Lord invites us to come to Him boldly. It is not arrogant or demanding of us to do so. It is purely the confidence a child has in a loving father. It is boldly believing He walks with us; He fights for us; He carefully guides us. And best of all He is never wrong. A holy and just God is always PRECISELY right. His plan is always perfect. We need to trust the almighty Planner, and may we find ourselves soon living out our dreams and dancing to the sounds of our beautiful life!
Lord may we come to You in the name of the One by whom all things were created, both visible and invisible. Give us a nature that continually senses your goodness and give us the eyes and minds to be able to picture it. Amen.
Delighting in safe pasture,