Today’s “God Calling” message is about the goodness of God. God is good-I’m alive, and, in spite of continuing stalking and harassment, and a run-in with a man that nearly turned into a physical confrontation, I’m doing well. I’ve managed to calm down and nobody’s in the hospital, including me. I’ve repented and asked the Lord for strength and peace, and God is good.
The message tells me that the way God does good is by sharing His goodness with me. A few different things come to mind. First, I think of my salvation and the gift of His Holy Spirit. I’m in Him and He’s in me-and through the Holy Spirit, His goodness is in me. I can forgive, I can love, and I can be patient-most of the time. I am moved to be kind and compassionate, and can be self-less. Before I knew the Lord and began to live my life for him, I was completely selfish; even acts of love and kindness were not the same. There had to be something in it for me, even if was just that “approval” thing.
I fell recently and skinned up my left knee. I’m still a little stiff and sore, in fact. That’s significant to today’s message because as I was eating lunch the very same day, a little pigeon came hopping and limping over on one foot. His left foot was hurt. God is good. He was reminding me that He sees and that I’m not alone and that He cares about even my little “boo boos.” We’re so used to looking for God’s goodness in material blessings-money, food, clothing, stuff. “God paid my rent or my utilities” or “God made my car payment,” etc.
He painted a beautiful sky overhead and He rearranges the picture every day, all day long. He puts “sprinkles” in the sky every night. They’re called stars. His sun shines down to warm my face and takes the chill off my shoulders in the fall. God is good. He gave children’s laughter a musical quality, and, oh what a joy it is to hear!
Have you ever stood in the ocean’s tide? Don’t miss the experience. God will show you His immenseness there. Go camp out in the mountains and get up just before sunrise. Get a cup of coffee or hot cocoa and then sit down and just listen. The birds, the wind in the trees, the water in a nearby brook-do you know that water wakes up? I swear it sounds different somehow just as the sun is rising. God is good. God is so good! All of creation wakes every morning to sing His praise and it’s an awesome symphony! Yes, he provides for us; He sends us material blessings, but He’s blessed us with so much more. We need those provisions in order to survive, but if you want to live, start discovering everything and everyone around you that God has blessed you with. God is good.
There’s another aspect of God’s goodness. It is the goodness of God that keeps me even through the darkest valley. The last hell-bender I went on didn’t kill me because God is good. Some addict might have spent the last two weeks in a crack house. He or she walked out alive because of the goodness of God. The last bottle of vodka, whiskey, wine, or whatever that alcoholic downed didn’t kill him or her because God is good. I was backslidden, but my back-sliding couldn’t hold on to me because God, in His goodness, reminded me that He’s faithful and just to forgive me when I confess my sins to Him. So, I got up and ran back home to my Heavenly Father who welcomed me back with wide open arms, and I’m reading my Bible and praying again, and I’m back in church to praise Him. God is good! God is so good!