You will only trust God to the extent that you believe He is good. In fact, it’s very hard to trust in a god that you don’t believe is good. There are days when it comes naturally for me to believe God is good, and there are days that my mind has to fight to believe that He is. Earlier this week, I was challenged to write out the answer to 3 questions that I now challenge you to answer:
- What beliefs can I hold onto every day, no matter the struggle?
- What lies do I believe when difficulties enter my day?
- What does God personally share with me that replaces the lies answered above?
Maybe you found this to be true as well - my answers to question #2 directly contradict my answers to question #1. When difficulties enter my day, I suddenly go from believing “God’s will is perfect,” “He loves me abundantly,” and “He’s closer than my own breath” to believing “God isn’t pleased with me,” “He’s a God of unachievable expectations,” or “God’s going to withhold His promises from me.” When those days happen, I must remember what God shares with me about who He says He is:
- God “is merciful and compassionate, slow to get angry and filled with unfailing love” (Psa. 145:8)
- God is not a liar (Heb. 6:18)
- God has set me on a path of hope (Heb. 6:18)
- God is “wonderfully kind, patient, and tolerant” with me (Rom. 2:4)
- God Himself will “restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish” me (1 Pet. 5:10)
- There is fullness of joy in God’s presence (Psa. 16:11)
- God is my refuge (Psa. 62:8)
- God is love (1 John 4:8)
- God is God of the impossible (Luke 18:27)
- God keeps His promises (Num. 23:19, Deut. 7:9)
- God will “strengthen me, help me, and uphold me” (Isa. 41:10)
Whether I feel it or not, the reality is that I’m in over my head in God’s goodness. Whether I feel scared, lonely, complacent, or tired, God is good. God’s goodness is consistent, it’s new every morning, it doesn’t stop when you’ve done wrong, it isn’t contingent on your behavior, and it isn’t half-hearted. God’s goodness doesn’t fluctuate based on your present, it isn’t lessened because of your past, and it will only magnify in your future.
In the morning, my husband Rob and I start our day recognizing God’s goodness by filling in the blank to this statement: “because of God’s goodness, ________.” Mine usually goes something like, “because of God’s goodness, I will not be afraid to fail,” or “because of God’s goodness, today is going to be a beautiful day.”
If you wrestle with fully trusting in God - His plan, His provision, His character, etc. - begin your day by remembering who God says He is and by filling in the blank to the statement “because of God’s goodness, ________.” I trust you will experience more of the wonderful goodness that He longs to lavish on you.