Daily Delight

Saturday, June 4, 2016

Yet I am confident I will see the Lord’s goodness while I am here in the land of the living. -Psalm 27:13

Searching for and reminding myself of the tangible goodness of God gives me strength for my days and hope to keep walking.

But in holding out for the goodness of God, I can completely miss His goodness because I’m looking for the wrong thing. I arrogantly and foolishly believe that I know what the goodness of God should look like for my current life.

I create expectations and boxes for God to fill so I can call it the goodness of God. Boxes like pleasant circumstances, sicknesses healed, desires fulfilled, dreams realized. And when He doesn’t fill those things? Disappointment, disillusionment, despair, bitterness, confusion, unbelief, doubt, and other really unpleasant characteristics set in. Forget about the goodness of God – He’s nowhere to be found. That’s a scary place to be.

The goodness of God is not found in our circumstances. If we believe our circumstances define who God is, our theology will not support our faith for a very long time. We will trust God during the easy times and strongly doubt His goodness and love when circumstances get hard.

I refuse to believe the goodness of God is dependent on how I feel about the season of life I’m in. I have resolved to find the goodness of God in the midst of it, because I know God is doing good to me here and now.

In the midst of the questions and the struggles, what carries me through is knowing that God is with me. To me that is the most powerful promise in the Word of God. I am never alone because God has promised He will never leave me.

But as for me, the nearness of God is my good… Psalm 73:28a
The nearness of God is my good. May nothing else be considered the good I’m longing for. Not pleasant circumstances. Not dreams realized. Not questions answered. Not desires fulfilled. Not prayers answered. The nearness of God alone. His presence with me. 

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About the Author

Stacey Welch≫ ≫ Stacey is a daughter, sister, friend, leader, learner, roommate, lover of coffee, chocolate chip cookies, and the moon, and most of all a girl trying to work out God’s grace on the journey. Her love for Jesus and the Word of God spill out of every word she writes and is her hope for life. She is passionate about people grabbing onto God’s love and promises. Stacey is a Cincinnati girl residing in Northern Illinois and spends her days loving on the cutest little boy with Down syndrome.


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