God is Good

“God Is Good”

Praise the LORD, O my soul,

and forget not all his benefits—

who forgives all your sins

and heals all your diseases,

who redeems your life from the pit

and crowns you with love and compassion.

—PSALM 103:2–4

It’s one thing to acknowledge that God is great, What sets the Christian faith apart is an unrelenting hope in the fact that God is good. That fact was settled once and for all on the Cross. And it’s really good news. After all, what good is infinite power if you have no access to it? Yes, God does whatever He desires. Thankfully, what He desires is to make His power and resources available to you, and He wants them to pour forth in abundance from your life. God’s goodness means that all of His greatness is intended to work in your life for your good. Not necessarily your momentary happiness. But your ultimate good. Romans 8:28 says, “We know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” That isn’t a statement of probability. It’s a revelation of the unchanging character of God. Good describes what God has been, is, and will always be doing. That fact was settled once and for all on the Cross. And it’s really good news. After all, what good is infinite power if you have no access to it? Yes, God does whatever He desires. Thankfully, what He desires is to make His power and resources available to you, and He wants them to pour forth in abundance from your life.

God’s goodness means that all of His greatness is intended to work in your life for your good. Not necessarily your momentary happiness. But your ultimate good. Romans 8:28 says, “We know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” That isn’t a statement of probability. It’s a revelation of the unchanging character of God. Good describes what God has been, is, and will always be doing. The problem is, pain and struggle can color the lens through which we view God’s activity in our lives. We can easily lose track of the truth. And in that state of emotional haze, it won’t be long before the goodness of God begins to seem like a lie.

“Whatever your past performance or present struggle, God is with you to help, save, and heal. #sunstandstill”

But look back over your life and remember. No matter what you’ve been through or are going through, God has been good to you. You’re here. You’re alive. You’re breathing. He has let you see another day. And He has brought you to today’s devotional time with a sincere desire for you to experience more of Him.

He has been good to you.

And when you remember that fact, it changes the way you see your challenges. That’s what David is doing in Psalm 103. He could focus on his failures. Instead, he remembers and focuses on God’s forgiveness. He could focus on his diseases. Instead, he remembers and focuses on how God has been able to heal them. He could focus on the pain of the pit. Instead, he remembers and focuses on the fact that God has pulled him out of it. Difficulties are going to come. Walking with God sometimes means walking through trials. But instead of focusing on your situation, remember God’s goodness. Let it permeate your thoughts and emotions in your quiet time with God today. Because whatever your past performance or present struggle, God is with you to help, save, and heal. He will, because He is a good God.

PRAYER FOCUS: Spend time today remembering God’s goodness in your life and thanking Him for it.

Excerpt From

Sun Stand Still Devotional

Steven Furtick