5 Reasons Why God is Good

zexqjzkChristians in these times of special seasons (Thanksgiving and the coming Christmas and New Year), should look back and see that God is rich in goodness towards His elect. I think you will agree with me that you can’t say that God hasn’t been good to you. And if you list down all those good things that you received from God, it will take a year to thank each blessing. So Psalms 116 list down five of them so we can awe to God’s overflowing goodness.

God hears our voice and petitions (vs. 1-3) – If you take a glance at Psalms 115, we can see that David was mocked by the heathen because of the God he worships. He replied to these unbelievers that their god is an idol (115: 4-8). Neither these idols can speak, hear, smell, touch or walk. Compare them to the God of Israel which is the true and living God. We can read all throughout the Psalms, God hears David in times of crisis. That’s why in Psalms 115: 9 – 11, we see David admonishing Israel to trust this God who hears his voice and supplications. Will you also trust this God that inclines His ear to His precious children?

God response by delivering us (4-5)- It’s one thing that an Almighty God listens to you and declares that act to be good, it’s another thing that He response to your situation. Imagine a God who is not under obligation to save us because of His rich mercy, does something for us. Think about the times God had rescued you in trials and temptations. In doing so, isn’t He worthy to be called good?

God preserves/ upholds us (vs. 6) – David in his exploits, calls unto God, and God acts to deliver Him. But it didn’t stop there. God preserves David. He upholds him. David was brought low but God lifts him up.  Like David we were low. Sins drag us to that low point. However God picks us up. He encourages us. We emerge as victors in these trials we face if we trust the good God of the Bible.

God gives us rest/peace (v. 7-8) – If peace can be bought in the drugstore, I think we’ll be all falling in line to get one. In this demanding and stressful world, who wouldn’t want peace. However God’s peace goes beyond that. Its starts when God saves us (Romans 5:1) and as His elect we can surely call to Him, rescue us and gives us peace. Our daily pursuit in this planet gives us no eternal assurance. Only the Prince of Peace can give that lasting peace even if we are in the midst of chaos.

God gives His favor to us as we walk before Him (v. 9) – Being delivered from sorrow, God wasn’t done with David yet. David wasn’t left after that crisis by himself to figure out what to do next. God brought David back in track with full assurance that God’s favor is on him. Like our earthly father, we do look to them for affirmation on the things we are doing. We want to do what’s pleasing to them with their “stamp of approval”. As we pursue a holy surrendered life to our Creator, God will always give us that “stamp of approval” that we long for. Even if we stumbled, He will make sure He will bring us back again and His favor is upon us. Now isn’t that a good God?

Knowing these five reinforce ourselves to look upon a God of goodness and will desire to cling to Him. My prayer is that we’ll get to know Him more in more as the year’s passes by.

The Story Listeners

When listening, particularly to the gospel, one verse comes to mind. It’s on Romans 10: 17:

“So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.”

We come to faith or salvation because someone told us the gospel. We became children of God and got all its privileges because we listen to the “greatest story ever told”. Look at verse 15:

“And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!”

We need ‘storytellers’ for the good news. We also need those who will hear the gospel. We need the story listeners (which God also provides). Verse 18 ask:

“But I say, Have they not heard? Yes verily, their sound went into all the earth, and their words unto the ends of the world.”

Now that’s when you listen and got saved (Romans 10:13). Let’s move on to your Christian life as you digest God’s Word through your ear.

James 1:22 “But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.”

Are you a good story listener? Do you effectively listen to messages from your church Sunday School and Worship service? Do you invest your time in listening to appetizers of narratives that grabs your attention or to the ‘main course’ of God’s message that transforms you? Are you taking notes while listening? Have you take time to thank the preacher for the effort they have done in preparing the message to you? Are you taking steps to do the things you have heard?

Are you a good storyteller? Then you should also be a good listener. You might be an effective preacher or teacher of God’s Word, but are you also an excellent hearer? Do you appreciate the message you hear from others? Storytellers will grow spiritually if they put it in action what the Holy Spirit wants them to do in that message. Make that on top of your list as a Christian. Likewise, observing how another storyteller speak can teach strategies in improving your teaching method as you attentively listen.

Forget the clothes, the looks and the gestures. Tune in with the life changing message they deliver to us. Be the best story listener. Then act upon what you have learned.

Whether you’re a storyteller, a story listener or both, you should take heed to what James 1: 22 say. Like a soldier, listen to the marching orders and accomplish it for the Chief.

Remember Luke 11:28 as you seek to be an effective listener: “But he said, Yea rather, blessed are they that hear the word of God, and keep it.”