Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good! Blessed is the man who takes refuge in him! Psalm 34:8
It might seem strange that the Bible uses the term “taste” when talking about God’s goodness, but actually it isn’t really. I was thinking about it this morning and realised that we use these sort of words to speak about our life experiences without even thinking about it. We talk about savouring every moment. We say, “that was a sweet thing to do”, or “he’s become so bitter”. “She is a sour woman”.
We frequently use the word good to describe people. “She’s such a good woman”. An expression Something I use often is, “oh my goodness”. The truth is though, there is no one good. Not one. We can of course do good and kind acts, but in and of ourselves, we aren’t good. The only good in us is God, and only God is truly good. (See Mark 10:18)
Goodness is God’s Very Nature
God’s goodness is an inherent part of who He is. He is blamed, sometimes, ironically even by the very ones who claim not to believe in Him, for every world disaster, every family tragedy, every personal heartache. Yet the Bible is filled with, not just scripture declaring His goodness, but evidence of it in the lives of His people (and even sometimes people who didn’t yet know Him)
And of course we know that it’s not just in the lives of people of the Bible in whom God displayed His goodness. Who, reading this, can honestly say God has never answered a prayer, fulfilled a promise?
You may have had a tough year. You may be facing this new year finding it hard to see the goodness of God in your life. Romans 8:28 tells us “we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.”
All things work together for …..Good.
My aunt made a delicious cherry crumble the other day. I don’t usually like cooked cherries and I loathe crumble, but hers was so delicious that I ended up having two slices!
Who would have thought soured cherries, which, eaten on their own would make you shudder and screw your face up because of their bitter taste could be made turned into something so scrumptious. It took just the right combination of ingredients and the right, skilled hands to do it.
This is what God does with our lives when we surrender to His leading. God is able to take those things in our lives that seem hard, bitter, unpleasant, and even the good things – and turn the whole mix around to work for our GOOD.
Going Forward Remembering God’s Goodness
As you go forward into this new year, here are some reminders of His goodness:
Oh, how abundant is your goodness, which you have stored up for those who fear you and worked for those who take refuge in you, Psalm 31:19
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, Psalm 23:6
For the Lord God is a sun and shield; the Lord bestows favor and honor. No good thing does he withhold from those who walk uprightly. Psalm 84:11
You are good and do good; teach me your statutes.
Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever! Psalm 107:1
There are dozens more, but I’m sure by now you have the picture- our God is good! His heart is kind and overflows with abundant goodness, mercy and love.
It’s who He is!
PS: Below are a couple of items from my Etsy shop, where I sell my handmade Bible verse inspired jewellery. To view the item in the shop, more photos, details etc, just click the wording under the photo – a link which will take you to the shop.