In this month’s blog, I want to share with you ten miracles of God’s goodness that we can expect to experience, starting today. We can expect them because God promises these things. God is love, and His true nature is good. He doesn’t promise to be good to us because we are good. He promises to be good to us because HE IS GOOD. God’s goodness is miraculous and He wants to cover our lives with it as the waters cover the sea!
Psalm 33:5 says, “The earth is full of the goodness of the Lord.”
The world may be full of bad, but the earth is full of the goodness of the Lord. And what we focus on and look for is what really matters most, because it affects the health of our soul.
We need to focus on the good. We need to look for the good. We need to expect the good! Let’s take a look at the first few miracles of God’s goodness.
1. God’s goodness explains everything
When we face difficulties, we need a bit of explanation sometimes. And it is God’s goodness that explains everything.
The book of Genesis teaches us that, when Joseph revealed himself to his brothers after their betrayal, he said to them, “You meant evil against me, but God meant it for good.”
You see, God’s goodness brought explanation to a very bad experience and circumstance. When we understand that God’s goodness explains the unexplainable, it empowers us to trust Him. It frees us from becoming bitter at what has been done to us.
Remember this truth: What the enemy sends to defeat us… God bends to complete us.
2. God’s goodness surrounds everything
Psalm 23:6 says: “Surely your goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life.”
His goodness goes before us and is behind us. His goodness is on our right and on our left. We are surrounded by the goodness of God! Psalm 5:12 tells us that His favor (unmerited goodness) surrounds us like a shield!
Everywhere we go and every step we take, God’s goodness will be there as our shield. It will lead us. It will follow us! And it will be a shield of defense for whatever comes against us.
3. The Goodness of God frees us from everything
Psalm 27:13 is one of my life verses.
“I would have despaired unless I had believed that I would see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living.” (NASB)
Notice David says: “I would have despaired” (“despair” is a combination of emotions such as sadness, discouragement, feelings of depression, and the feeling to quit). He said he would have despaired UNLESS he believed that he would SEE God’s goodness in this life. When we believe we are going to see His goodness, it frees us from toxic emotions. It frees us from despair––from giving up, feeling beat, defeated, and utterly at loss. His goodness frees us from anxiety. It frees us from fear. His goodness frees us from all of those things because we believe we are going to see His goodness in the land of the living.
4. The Goodness of God satisfies everything
Psalm 145:16 says, “You open Your hand and satisfy the desire of every living thing.”
God leads us with an open hand. Think of that! He is always opening His hand to give, to bless, to heal, to encourage, to strengthen, and to die for us! He opens His hand and satisfies. Is there an area of your life that’s not satisfied? Ask God, and thank Him for His open hand. It will satisfy you.
You see?!!! HE is the one who opens His hand. We don’t have to pry it open. We don’t have to beg and plead. He’s chosen to do it. Jesus said, “Do not fear, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.” (Luke 12:32)
5. The Goodness of God changes everything
In the second part of Romans 2:4 it says, “The goodness of God leads you to repentance.”
It’s not “how sorry we are” that leads us to repentance. It’s not how smart we are that leads us to repentance. It’s not how holy we are that leads us to repentance. It’s how GOOD He is.
When we see His goodness, it changes how we look at Him. And then it changes our minds about Him. Peter saw all the goodness of God in the great catch of fish. What did that goodness do? It led Peter to repentance, as he fell at the feet of Jesus.
God’s goodness draws us to Him. It woos us to Him. It changes how we look at Him. We see a good God, rather than an angry judge. We see a kind loving Father, rather than a fearsome master.
“In kindness, He takes us firmly by the hand and leads us into a radical life change.” (Romans 2:4, Message)
6. The Goodness of God shapes everything
Romans 8:28 says, “And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.”
In this time and in this hour, when so many people are trying to figure everything out, trying to get their life back to what it was, God’s trying to move our lives to something so much better. I believe that happens naturally as we simply embrace the reality of Romans 8:28.
We can embrace the reality that some really bad things have happened in our world. We can embrace that reality because we embrace this reality: that God causes all these things to work together for our good. He doesn’t “cause” all things. He doesn’t CAUSE disease, tragedy, and negative things. But, He causes those things to be SHAPED into something good.
God can take the good and the bad; He can take the sour and the sweet. And through the chemistry of the cross, He causes these things to result in something good. Don’t forget. He’s not just the author of our faith. He is the finisher too. So, trust Him to finish what He started in you!
7. The Goodness of God uses everything
God can use a good day that you had, and a bad one. Whatever you give Him, He can use. Give Him five loaves and two fish. He can use that. Give Him your skill as a fisherman. He can use that to make you a fisher of men. Give Him your time, talent, and treasure––He can use that.
He’s using this moment. He’s using this hour. He’s using technology. He uses everything. And it doesn’t all make sense right away. Our part is to simply trust.
Again, we look to Genesis 50:20 and see how this perspective is what made Joseph such a powerful man. He saw that even though what his brothers did was evil and wrong, God still used it to bring about something miraculous for the world.
“But as for you, you meant evil against me; but God meant it for good, in order to bring it about as it is this day, to save many people alive.” (Genesis 50:20)
Notice: “…as it is THIS day.” “THIS” day took a few years. But it finally came. Be patient. Trust Him. He’s using everything, no matter what it looks like right now.
8. The Goodness of God restores everything
Believe this with every fiber of your being: God will right every wrong. Life will wrong you. People will wrong you. BUT GOD! He will avenge you. He is your turnaround King.
God turned the Nile into blood, the sea into dry land, sin into righteousness, the curse into blessing, sorrow into joy, grief into dancing, dead bodies into resurrected bodies, two fish and five loaves into a buffet for thousands, God is your turnaround King!
Joel 2:25 says, “So, I will restore to you the years that the swarming locust has eaten.”
God will restore your lost years––the years filled with pain, suffering, and loss. He will multiply your fruitfulness. In the previous verse, He tells us how He will do that.
“The threshing floors shall be full of grain; the vats shall overflow with wine and oil.”
The restoring of the years the enemy has devoured will include an abundant harvest of blessing and abundance!
9. The Goodness of God outlasts everything
Jeremiah 32:40 says, “And I will make an everlasting covenant with them: I will never stop doing good for them…”
When will His goodness stop? Never. What does that mean?
That means His goodness will outlast everything. His goodness will outlast the pandemic. His goodness will outlast your debts. It will outlast the sickness or pain you are in. His goodness will outlast every weapon formed against you. His goodness will outlast everything from your past, present, and future.
Then verse 41 says: “Oh how I’ll rejoice in them! Oh how I’ll delight in doing good things for them!”
Not only will God’s goodness outlast every bad thing in your life, but HE DELIGHTS IN DOING GOOD THINGS FOR YOU!
Get ready! Be expectant! You will see His glorious goodness all the days of your life!
10. The Goodness of God provides everything
Romans 8:32 says: “He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things?”
The goodness of God is the generosity of God. And the fact that He didn’t spare His own son—He delivered Him up for us all—He will also freely give us all things. How can that not make you want to stand up and shout?!!!!!!
He gives all things. He gives hope. He gives a future—Jeremiah 29:11. He gives rain and sun—Matthew 5:45. He gives grace—James 4:6. He gives strength—Isaiah 40:29–31. He gives wisdom—James 1:5. He gives faith—Romans 12:3. He gives blessing—Acts 3:25–26. He gives power—Deuteronomy 8:18. He gives rest—Deuteronomy 12:10. He gives food and provision—Psalm 136:25. He gives sleep—Psalm 127:2. He gives deliverance—Psalm 18:50. He gives increase—1 Corinthians 3:7. He gives victory—1 Corinthians 15:57… and so much more.
Generosity is truly the focal point of God’s moral perfection.
God is love and God is a giver!
John 3:16 says,
“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.”
As you put your faith in God’s goodness, you can expect these ten miracles to begin to show up and make a difference in your life!
If you would like to hear further teaching on this important topic, click here for my full teaching on, “7 Miracles of the Christmas Season.”