“Or despisest thou the riches of his goodness and forbearance and longsuffering; not knowing that the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance?” Romans 2:4
Lately, the Lord has been reminding me of not only how great He is, but how good He is. I guess I am still thinking back to some of the messages I heard at Easter services and of the cruel suffering and death of Jesus. To think that He agonized in this way for me, to pay the penalty for my sin so that I can be free, so that I can be saved and live forever in Heaven’s glories.
1. His goodness led me to repentance. “[Don’t you know] that the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance?” Romans 2:4. It is surely true that the fear of death and hell has forced some people to consider their sin and grasp their need of salvation. In fact, in Romans 11:22, Paul used the words “goodness” and “severity” in the same breath referring to God’s mercy as well as His judgement. But, generally, it was His love and gentleness that drew us to Himself. We must proclaim in awe, as John did, “Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God…”. 1 John 3:1
2. His goodness will sustain me forever. When Moses went up Mount Sinai the second time to receive new tablets of stone, the Lord blessed him and declared, “The Lord, The Lord God… abundant in goodness and truth,…”. (Exodus 34:6) The word abundant, in the original language, means plentiful in quantity and quality. In other words, His goodness is unmatched by anything or anyone and there is enough and more to go around. What a comfort and blessing to know that His goodness will never run out! The psalmist states, “Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life:…”. Psalm 23:6.
3. His goodness brings joy and praise. In 2 Chronicles, King Solomon had completed God’s house and dedicated the new temple to the Lord. In 6:41, he prays, “…let the saints rejoice in [your] goodness.” God had given them a great king, peace in the land, and a beautiful temple for worship. Surely His goodness was praiseworthy!
We have a great King, peace in our hearts, and the privilege of worshipping the Sovereign God. Praise God for His goodness!
Post by: Robert Booker, NBBI Vice President
This post appears in the June 2012 Open Bible Bulletin. (Click for pdf version)