Sometimes we think that God is more good to others than to us. How good is he really? He is a holy God who is righteous and just. He is also Good. In fact the word good comes from God. His thoughts are pure and they are full of goodness. If God is love, then he acts out of love and goodness. Even in his mighty incredible power, when he must judge sin, he does it because of love. For he loves goodness and peace, and hates evil and sin. He loves man, this creation that is his masterpiece. Even if man has failed and ran toward evil ways, God stays good. He doesn’t stop loving man. I believe it hurts him and grieves him to the core to see a person continue to make the wrong choices, knowing he has already provided for the right choices. But his goodness doesn’t change. And that goodness is in his children. It is a fruit of the Spirit. It is a sign, just like peace, joy, love, patience and all the other fruits belong to us, because they are in Christ, and Christ is in us.
The Lord is good and his mercy endures forever. Ps. 107:1
There are two interesting words here. ‘Mercy’ is translated in the hebrew as ‘Covenant Loyalty.’ This is speaking that the Lord God is loyal to his covenant. Remember that through the cross and the offering of Christ’s blood, Jesus made a covenant, an agreement with God. And this agreement will stand and last forever. Because we didn’t make it. We would have failed our end of the bargain, because we are only human. But we partake of this wonderful covenant that has tons of heavenly promises, because we are in Christ. God is loyal to his covenant with Christ.
The next word to look at is ‘Forever’ and this word in the hebrew means ‘Hidden time’. God sees the forever, hidden time. We do not, unless he sometimes shows a a peak. But he sees all. And he knows that his goodness and mercy (Covenant loyalty) will last forever, even into the hidden time.
Get to know your covenant, that began when Jesus offered his blood through the cross. This blood was offered for us, he washed our sins in his own blood, because he loved us, because of his goodness. Rev. 1:5b-6
When we look at life’s problems, and keep our focus there as well as our fickle feelings that go up and down and cannot be relied upon, we are turning away on all of his goodness, and his promises that are sure. Keep your eyes on his promises, and keep your eyes on his covenant, his mercy and his everlasting goodness.