The song “God Is Good All The Time” by Don Moen can become just a cliché. But we need more than clichés to carry us through the storms of life. Why is it so important to know that God is good? Because what you believe about God will ultimately determine your destiny! Psalm 34:8 is a well-known psalm that will help us get a grip on the goodness of God. “Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good; Blessed is the man who trusts in Him!”
1. Taste is an Experience
Firstly, taste is an experience. We’ve to experience that God is good. It’s experience or encounter that shapes our belief system. Romans 2:4 states it plainly, “The goodness of God leads you to repentance.” Repentance or “metanoia” in Greek, means the changing of one’s mind. When people experience God’s goodness, they change their minds about Him. Revelation is an invitation to transformation!
2. Sight is Perception
Secondly, sight is perception. How we see things makes a massive difference. When you “see” God as very miserly, you won’t dream big, because abundance doesn’t fit into your theology. On the other hand, when you know God desires to bless His children abundantly, you’ll dare to dream big. Without vision we perish. How are we to have vision when we’re not sure God has our back? But you may ask, “How can we be sure what God is like?” The simple answer is, “Exactly like Jesus!” God is exactly like Jesus.
Colossians 1:15 tells us, “He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation.” Hebrews 1:3, “…the brightness of His glory and the express image of His person.” All theology and “hard passages” in the Bible have to pass through this filter – Jesus Christ, the Son of God. Jesus is the ultimate expression of God. Like somebody so aptly put it, “Jesus is God’s selfie.”
3. Jesus is the Answer
Jesus is the answer to every question about the nature and character of God. Whether it’s in the miracles He performed, or just the way He treated others. Let’s look at two incidents.
First, Jesus turning water into wine at a wedding. Jewish weddings are a party where they feast and dance for days! And that’s where He chose to manifest Himself for the first time. Our God is happy and festive, not grumpy and somber, as many would perceive.
Second, the incident of the woman caught in adultery taught us that God is extremely gracious and not in a judgment mode. Many people see God as an angry judge and this incident simply obliterates that idea. Jesus is the perfect reflection of the heart of Father God. Just read the Gospels and you’ll know that God is good. Very good. He summed it perfectly in John 14:9 when He proclaimed, “He who has seen Me has seen the Father.”
Pastor Dian Botha