- Original Teaching: God is Good
- Date: November 9, 2005
- Location: Calvary Temple in Sterling, VA
- Teacher: Pastor Star R Scott
- Scripture: “O taste and see that the Lord is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in Him.” Psalm 34:8
- Review By: Jason Felton
In the last few months we have looked at “How we can keep our faith from failing” and we’ve looked at the fact that “Ye are Gods”. Praise God! He is good Amen!! You’ve probably heard that expression before right? “God is good. All the time.” Well this week that’s what we want to look at: God’s goodness towards us.
Most of us believe God’s not good. “Wow, that’s an interesting opening statement! What are you saying Jason? I would never say that.” You’re right, I probably wouldn’t say that either, but far too often our actions absolutely back this up. We say with our mouths God is good, but then we begin to rely on self and have alternate plans. Oh, we don’t think we know more than God. We just question His Word and His timing. We doubt His methods and His character. We demand independence when God demands complete surrender. In fact it’s that independence that blinds us from God’s goodness. The more independent you become, the more you are judging God as an absentee Father. Your insistent independence is saying, “He won’t provide for me, so I have to go provide for myself.” Are you beginning to find yourself in that opening statement yet? Maybe I wasn’t so wrong after all…
Friends, God is truly good. That doesn’t just mean that He does good things or is capable of being good. God IS good! The origin of goodness is God! He doesn’t have the capability to not be good. Psalms 34:8 says, “Taste and see that the Lord is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in Him.” We need to trust in God’s goodness towards us. He’s a merciful, kind, loving, faithful Father who wants to do you good and not evil all the days of your life. His mercy and His goodness endure for ever! Do you believe that today? Do you believe that Father’s intention for you is good, no matter what your circumstances currently are? And if you say you believe, does the character of your life back that up? Is your absolute trust, reliance, and assurance in His plan for your life?
The world is constantly selling us a bill of goods that calls God a liar. We’re told by physicians that we need them to heal us. We’re told by financial advisers what we need to do to be successful. We’re told by psychologists what we need to have true peace and contentment. We’re told by Madison Avenue that we gotta have this or we need to get that if we truly want to be happy. But the reality is God has already provided all those things for us. Isaiah 53:5 says that, “by his stripes we are healed”. It says in Philippians 4:19 that, “God shall supply all of our needs according to his riches and glory in Christ Jesus”. And in I Timothy 6:6 it says that, “Godliness with contentment is great gain”. It’s all there for you! Stop trusting in this world’s system and Satan’s lies and start believing the promises of God. If you seek the kingdom with all of your heart, then nothing that you need in your life will be absent! Happy is the people whose God is the Lord!! GOD’S WILL, WILL MAKE YOU HAPPY IF YOU SUBMIT TO IT!
Let me ask you one last question. Are you a fair trade straight across for Jesus? That’s what it cost. You want to know how God sees you? He traded Jesus straight up for you! That’s how He sees you today. What a statement! God is so good! Even if we never received anything else on this earth this should be enough. How much do you appreciate what He’s done for you? Your heavenly Father gave His only son, so that you could have eternal life! I don’t know about you, but when I hear that it just brings me to my knees with gratitude and thanksgiving! Beloved, find your worth and boast in the accomplished work of Jesus! You are His child, and He’s called you by name! What a blessing!! So as we end for this week, see God’s goodness in His plan for your life! Purpose in your heart that no matter what the situation or circumstance (good or bad), that it is God’s will. And His will is good; anything other than that ultimately will bring sorrow and death! GOD IS GOOD! ALL THE TIME!!