“Oh, give thanks to the Lord, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever.”
1 Chronicles 16:34
The expression "God is Good" is said in many ways, in many places throughout the Bible. “Good and upright is the Lord”. Psalm 25:8; “Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good" Psalm 34:8. We know God is good. We read and sing about it, but what does this really mean?
The Bible doesn't just say that God does good things. It says that God IS good. It's not just what He does; it's who He is — and who He is never changes.
God’s mercy is boundless.
He knows that we can never be fully at peace without Him, so He calls us to Himself. When we were saved, it was He who drew us to Him.
He changes us.
God knows what sins and weaknesses, both external and internal, are bad for us and in His way, at the right time, He changes us.
God is always with us and He cares.
We all suffer, but I cannot imagine suffering as a non Christian, without knowing that God is there with me. God never said we wouldn’t go through the valleys…He said He’d be there as we walk through them.
God knows best.
I used to be worried that God would ask something of me that I didn’t want to do, but the verse in Jeremiah has really spoken to me recently: “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11
God works things out better than we could imagine. His plans are always the best because not only does He know us, but He loves us and knows what is best for each of us.
What a wonderful God we have. Let this truth go deep into our hearts – God IS good.