Goodness Stored Up!
August 2014 Blog: Psalms 31:19 NLT
"How great is the goodness you have stored up for those who fear you. You lavish it on those who come to you for protection, blessing them before the watching world."
There is not enough space to talk about the Goodness of God, if I pretend to know what it is, what it consists of and how great it is, I would not even skim the surface. It would take eternity to describe and quantify his Goodness. I want to try never the less to convey my limited understanding of the magnificence of the Almighty. Thinking about it makes me want to invent another ‘Omni’ word to describe God’s all encompassing Goodness to add to the collection along with OMNIPOTENT, OMNISCIENT, OMNIPRESENT, perhaps ‘OMNIGRACIOUS’.
When we look around at this vast universe, even if we were to marvel at the complexity of a leaf, we consider as the Psalmist did that we are ‘fearfully and wonderfully made’, we can only marvel at the generosity of God. It is not just what he provides, but it is what he does and what he is constantly doing. The above scripture refers to the greatness of God’s Goodness- that is not only stored up, but also lavished upon us in the form of blessings and protection. This suggests to me that his Goodness is never ending. The Psalmist also states that God does not hide his Goodness, but presents it in full view of people within the world.
Although I do not agree with the theory of evolution in the least, I like the sentiment that the miniscule intellect of humanity uses to attempt to define God’s Goodness without giving him any credit. As an alternative theory, I would instead, like to argue that evolution is the driving force behind God’s Goodness. This is because like evolution, we cannot define it; it is ever expansive, constantly changing, responding and adapting to the needs of humanity.
Part of my exposition of the Goodness of God is to provide his own words in his Word. The wonderful thing about the Word of God is that it is living, active and creative: backed up by his promise and his reputation (Genesis 1:3, Isaiah 45:23, 55:11, Hebrews 4:12). Let’s take a snapshot from Genesis to Revelation to see what we can learn:
Genesis 1:31 -
WHAT AN AWESOME GOD WE SERVE!
- God saw all that he had made, and it was very good.
Joshua 23:14 -
- and ye know in all your hearts and in all your souls, that not one thing hath failed of all the good things which the LORD your God spake concerning you.
1 Chronicles 17:20 -
- O LORD, there is none like thee, neither is there any God beside thee, according to all that we have heard with our ears.
Psalm 34:8 -
- O taste and see that the LORD is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him.
Isaiah 30:18 -
- And therefore will the LORD wait, that he may be gracious unto you, and therefore will he be exalted, that he may have mercy upon you.
Luke 1:78 -
- Through the tender mercy of our God; whereby the dayspring from on high hath visited us.
Romans 2:4 -
- Or despisest thou the riches of his goodness and forbearance and longsuffering; not knowing that the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance?
Ephesians 2:8 -
- For by grace are you saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God.
Jude 1:24 -
- Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy.
Revelation 21:4 -
- And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be not more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall their be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.
The whole purpose of exploring God’s Goodness is to provide a reminder that it is reciprocal. When God’s Goodness gets hold of us, it compels us to share with others. It is God’s Love, evidenced by his Goodness, which seeps into our natures, filling us up with love for him and for others and made manifest by acts of kindness. John 13:34-35 summarises it more beautifully than I ever could:
“A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”
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