My life is a story of God’s goodness. Sit down, grab a cup of java, and let me tell you a little bit about it.
I was born into a Christian home where I heard the gospel all the time. That’s goodness. I could have been born into a Mecca-loving Muslim family in Turkey and never heard the gospel. Jesus Christ drew me to himself when I was six years old, and I was given the classic Christian-home bathtub-baptism. More goodness. By drawing me to himself when I was little, God spared me many years of enslavement to sin.
I may have become a Christian at age six, but I still did some seriously wicked (in the bad sense) sinning as a kid. When I was thirteen years old I woke up in the middle of the night, terrified of the consequences of my sin. I made some major changes after that horrible night. That was God being good to me. He could have let me wander in my sin, but he loves me, and so he convicted me.
I could keep going, with stories of marriage, and babies, and sweet encounters with God. The point is, God has been so good to me in the past.† Has God been good to you?† Can you trace the lines of his goodness in the past?
But the story doesn’t stop there. According to Psalm 31:19, I’ve got a future full of God’s goodness ahead of me.
And it’s not just a mediocre, sometimes-there, tiny stream of goodness. No, as a Christian, I’ve got a future that’s full of God’s abundant, overflowing goodness. Each day, for the next week, and year, and decade, I will experience God’s goodness. Will I experience hardship? Yes. Will I endure painful trials. Without a doubt. But all of these experiences will be sweetened by the goodness of God. I don’t know what the future holds, but I know it will be good.
If you’re a Christan, this 100%, Bible-certified truth applies to you. Do you believe it? Do you believe that because you are in Christ, and God’s child, that you have a future full of abundant goodness? Do you believe that tomorrow as you go to work, or change diapers, or write term papers, you will experience the goodness and kindness of God?
Right now you’re under God’s goodness, whether you feel it or not. Let’s thank him for it. Let’s rejoice in the abundant, unending goodness that we have to look forward to.
What about you? What’s your story of God’s goodness?
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