By: Pastor Doug Bird.
When you are in the middle of a storm and in the midst of trials, it is good to know that God is good… literally, ALL the time!
I want to encourage you to focus on His goodness! Recognizing His goodness in every area of your life will change your perspective on what is happening around you and in you.
When you face adversity, the hardness of life or a storm, know this: God is on your side! He is not manipulating; He is not undermining your faith or your life. He is NOT the one who you are fighting against. He is on your side!
How do I know? Because I have tasted and seen that God is good!
Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good; Blessed is the man who trusts in Him! Psalm 34:8 (NKJV)
Taste and see how good He really is. You will be blessed when you take God at His Word.
James said it this way,
Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning. James 1:17 (KJV)
Just in case you do not know His character, there is no variableness or shadow of turning in Him.
What does that mean? It means God is good all the time! Not just some of the time, but all the time! That is what no variableness or shadow of turning means to us.
I remember years ago I heard Reinhard Bonnke teach on James 1:17. He talked about the sundial and how it applies to this Scripture. He said when the Bible talks about there being no shadow of turning in God, it is saying that at the peak of when the sun is shining down on the sundial, there is absolutely no shadow on the sundial. Why? Because the sun is at high noon.
What does that tell us about our Father? It means God is always at HIGH NOON. He is always at FULL strength. He is always at FULL power! He is always at FULL willingness! He is always at FULL goodness! And He is always FOR you!
That is something to rejoice and shout about! God is always at HIGH NOON in your life. He is good ALL the time! He is ALWAYS on your side and He is ALWAYS with you. He is always at FULL strength, FULL goodness and FULL power in YOUR life. Meaning, there is no want, lack or weakness in God. He can meet every need you have. He can help you through any and every storm you will ever walk through. You will never be alone! He is with you all the time. His FULL POWER is with you every moment of the day.
God has done His part, now you must receive by faith what He has provided for you. Let me encourage you to lift your hands right where you are and receive His goodness! Remember, receiving is an act of faith. BELIEVE His Word and now RECEIVE it for yourself!
“Lord, I believe Your Word and I receive Your goodness in my life. Help me to taste and see today how good You really are! Reveal Your goodness to me. You meet every need that I have and I am thankful. Thank You for being with me through every storm and adversity in my life. Thank You for always being at FULL POWER in my life! You are always with me, You are always for me and You are always on my side. I am thankful!”
Listen my friend, God’s desire is to do good things IN you and THROUGH you. His desire is to show you His goodness today. Your part is to BELIEVE and RECEIVE! Go ahead… receive God’s goodness in your life and watch what happens. You will not be disappointed. Something amazing is about to happen in your life!
Know that I am praying for you.
~ Pastor Doug Bird
Senior Pastor, Abundant Life Church