We all have probably said “thank God” or “God is good” many times in our lives. But do our choices and way of living truly reflect the fact that we believe God is good? Realizing God’s goodness is the start of an amazing journey to see God real in our lives.
I grew up as a Christian and have been taught that God is good and have also seen him do good things in my life.
But even though I’ve witnessed God’s miraculous hand upon my life, I still had moments of doubt and fear in what God was asking me to do.
For a while, God had put in my heart to let go of a relationship. I’ve seen God’s faithfulness and goodness in previous things he’s asked me to let go, but my desire for this relationship blinded me from seeing God’s way as good.
I pressed on to my own will and decided that God’s way wasn’t good enough.
I soon found myself in the wrong.
This relationship had pulled me away from God rather than bring me closer to him. I finally had the courage to believe that God’s way was best, so I obeyed and let go of the relationship.
I can testify today that ever since walking 100% into God’s will, I have never seen him move more in my life than ever before.
He became more real. He opened more doors for my ministry. And He is moving more in my life.
Realizing God’s goodness positions us to walk in obedience to enter into our destiny.
Psalm 18:30 reminds us, “As for God, his way is perfect..”
I can’t help but wonder the many times we have missed out on Gods blessing by refusing to obey him because we refused to believe that his way is perfect. It’s time we realize that God is good. God’s way may not feel like the best way, but his way is always the best.
Simon Peter’s first encounter with Jesus is a perfect example to remind us to trust in what Jesus is calling us to do. In Luke 5 we see Jesus asking Simon Peter to set sail to deep waters to fish again. Simon Peter had just spent the whole night trying to catch fish but caught nothing.
His response to Jesus was, “Master, we’ve worked hard all night and haven’t caught anything. But because you say so, I will let down the nets.” (Luke 5:5).
Simon was exhausted, and the way he responded certainly showed that he did not feel Jesus’s idea was a good idea.
But despite the doubts and hesitant feelings, Simon Peter did it anyway.
What was the outcome of Simon’s Peter obedience? Overwhelming blessing.
They caught so much fish that the net began to break (Luke 5:6). Luke 5:8-9 says, “When Simon Peter realized what had happened, he fell to his knees before Jesus… For he was awestruck by the number of fish they had caught..”
Simon Peter came to the realization of God’s goodness.
If he had followed his feelings and not listened to Jesus, he would never have been in the position he was in – at the feet of Jesus in complete awe of his power.
Maybe you’re like Simon Peter, who thought Jesus’s idea was not a good idea. But just because God’s way doesn’t feel good doesn’t mean it’s not good. Believe that God is always for your good.
God wants to overwhelm you with his goodness and blessing, but it starts with your obedience.
Will you respond to Jesus like Simon Peter, and say, “because you say so, I will do it“?
If you haven’t seen the hand of God move in your life, now is your chance to see God’s goodness pour out in your life. And if you have seen God move in your life, believe that you will see him do it again.
Will you follow what Jesus is asking you to do, despite the feelings and doubts? Will you come to the realization of this simple truth, that God is always for your good?
You don’t have to be afraid of what is to come. As long as you are walking with God, his goodness will always follow your life. Psalm 23:6 says, “Surely your goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life..”
There is nothing better than living in the will of God. So remember, realize God’s goodness.
Prayer: Lord, I thank you that you are always for my good.