SCRIPTURE TEXT: “Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good; Blessed is the man who trusts in Him! – Psalm 34:8
We often hear the phrase, “God is good.” It is used in songs, sermons, and is sometimes used as a response when both good and bad things happen in our lives, for example: a person who avoids tragedy due to a car breakdown or a delayed flight. Other examples are good things that happen to people, like circumstances aligning perfectly for them to buy a house or replace their old car when previously things looked very bleak. In all these things, we often say, “God is good.”
Still, what does this mean? According to Merriam Webster dictionary, the definition of “God” is “the being in perfect power, wisdom, and goodness who is worshiped as creator and ruler of the universe,” however; isn’t He more than this? God is good in so many ways–the way He provides for us, guides us, and watches over us–but it goes even deeper than that. God’s goodness is who He is, and we are created in His image, so, therefore, we share His goodness.
God’s goodness shows up in our lives every single day. Although we often think of His goodness when something big happens, His goodness abounds all the time–in every hour, minute, and second of the day, in the smallest of things around us.
Every day that God wakes us up, is an example of His goodness. On the days when we are surrounded by the smallest and most significant of blessings, we know that God is pouring His favor on us. This can be anything from your coworker bringing you your favorite coffee to your boss calling you in their office to discuss a raise or promotion.
We have all heard about someone who went into surgery and practically died but came back to life. We have heard about somebody who missed a bus thus avoiding a tragic accident. These are the significant ways He protects us, but He works in the smaller things too: for example, the gossip that is going around that never reaches your ears or the coworker that is trying to sabotage you, but your boss, instead, sees the honest and hard work that you do. These are all ways He protects us on a daily basis.
We make a thousand decisions a day. Sometimes, we have to determine whether an opportunity is right for us and if we should follow a particular path. In these moments, God is guiding us. We need to stop, take a breath and pay attention to how we feel in our hearts. We need to be still and listen to that small voice we know so well whispering to our hearts about what choices are right for us. This is His way of guiding us and nudging us to our best selves, so that we may live in the gifts we have been given and the purpose He has for us.
Are you concerned that you will get too busy and miss the signs of God’s goodness in your life? We need to pay attention to all the little things in our day, both big and small, that are a blessing to us. A lot of times, it’s the little things that mean so much.
Prayer Thought: “Dear Lord, I thank you for allowing me to wake up every morning. Please help me to slow down in the midst of my busy life. Allow me to see your goodness in every day, no matter how big or small. Help me to acknowledge your blessings immediately when they are poured out upon me.” Amen.