Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever.
After everything is said and done what do you really believe about God. The foundation of our faith is a belief in the absolute goodness of God. Regardless of what my circumstances may appear to be, God is good and has my best interests at heart. We see His goodness everywhere in creation. Jesus said that you can know a tree by its fruit. He must have had creation itself and the goodness of the Creator in mind when He said that. Even in creation’s current fallen state, God’s goodness shines through. All of creation is perfectly balanced to take care of His creatures. He has covered all the details and supplies everything for our enjoyment. Here is how Luther describes the goodness of God.
“God proves beyond a shadow of a doubt that he is good and loving. His daily and continual goodness shows this in rich and powerful ways. This psalm says, “His love endures forever.” In other words, God continually does what is best for us. He provides for our bodies and souls and protects us day and night. He continues to preserve our lives. He lets the sun and moon shine for us and allows the sky, fire, air, and water to serve us. The Lord causes the earth to give us everything we need—grain, food, cattle feed, wood, and the resources for making wine and clothes. He gives us gold and silver, homes and families, spouses and children, animals, birds, and fish. Who can count all the Lord’s blessings?”
Once you are born again you begin to see another depth of His goodness. All He has done is designed to display His goodness and place a desire in us to know and enjoy Him. This is what our lives are all about, to know and enjoy God Himself. That is the focus of the teachings of Jonathan Edwards. Here is a short quote from him.
“In heaven alone is attainment of our highest good. God is the highest good of the reasonable creature. The enjoyment of him is our proper happiness, and is the only happiness with which our souls can be satisfied.”
Do you believe that? The enjoyment of God is the only happiness with which our souls can be satisfied? When we come to that conclusion all our other questions will be answered. God is not only good, He is my good!!!