God is good ALL the time - Psalm 103:2

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I’m guessing you have probably heard the popular saying: “God is good,” followed by the popular response: “All the time!”

Have you ever given that response?

That would require that you actually believe that God is good ALL the time.

Wait. All?

Have you ever had a day when you didn’t think God was all that good?

Maybe when a prayer wasn’t answered the way you would have wanted?

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Let’s take a minute to evaluate whether or not we can truly believe that “all” part. 

Question 1 – Does the Bible support it?

Psalm 106:1 (ESV): Praise the LORD! Oh give thanks to the LORD, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever!

Psalm 107:1 (NASB): Give thanks to the LORD, for He is good, For His mercy is everlasting.

When we see words like “is” (present tense) and “forever” and “everlasting,” I think it’s safe to assume those mean ALL the time.

Question 2 – Do our circumstances support it? 

Aha. Here’s where our belief gets tripped up as we experience pandemics, cancer, shootings, disappointments, abuse, riots, and fill-in-your-own-blank.

Sometimes God doesn’t seem good. 

Why does He allow this stuff in our lives if His mercy is everlasting? 

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Have you ever been mad at God for allowing your circumstances?

Maybe you can relate to the Israelites who gave us plenty of examples to study!

They were notorious for complaining to God. They were also known for being forgetful. I have a feeling there’s a correlation there.

Just a thought: If the Israelites had to deal with a lot of hard circumstances, why would we think we should be any different?

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Let’s peek in on their wilderness journey, since we all have our own wildernesses to go through.

Exodus 16:3 (NLT): “If only the Lord had killed us back in Egypt,” they moaned. “There we sat around pots filled with meat and ate all the bread we wanted. But now you have brought us into this wilderness to starve us all to death.”

They were mad at God for allowing their current situation.

How did God respond?

God, in His goodness, graciously told them two reasons why they needed to go through it. 

{Reason 1} Exodus 16:4 (ESV): Then the Lord said to Moses, “Behold, I am about to rain bread from heaven for you, and the people shall go out and gather a day’s portion every day, that I may test them, whether they will walk in my law or not.

{Reason 2} Exodus 16:11-12 (NLT): Then the Lord said to Moses, “I have heard the Israelites’ complaints. Now tell them, ‘In the evening you will have meat to eat, and in the morning you will have all the bread you want. Then you will know that I am the Lord your God.’”

God not only gave them the reasons why, but He also told them how often the test would come.

Exodus 16:21 (ESV): Morning by morning they gathered it, each as much as he could eat; but when the sun grew hot, it melted.

It seems that God wanted to work on aligning their definition of good with His definition of good.

We think good = comfortable.

He thinks good = a heart that knows Him and walks in His ways. 

We need to learn that – whatever it takes – because THAT is what is good. 

Related: Read How to Align Your Heart to His

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Evidently learning His definition may take more than one try. The Israelites forgot the reason for their circumstance and they began to complain again. 

Numbers 11:6 (ESV): But now our strength is dried up, and there is nothing at all but this manna to look at.”

We are no different. 

We all suffer from “What have you done for me lately?” syndrome.

Just a thought – What if God treated us the way we treat Him? Yikes.

Thank God, God is good. 

With all the examples and stories in the Bible, why don’t we learn from their mistakes instead of complaining when hard times hit? 

God will use our circumstances to grow us closer to Him – which is the ultimate good – if we’ll let Him.

Even when we are forgetful people like the Israelites, He will keep trying. 

Our good God will not give up on us.

This makes me want to improve my forgetfulness! How about you? 

I think David was on to something when he asked God for that very thing …

Psalm 103:2 (NLT): Let all that I am praise the Lord; may I never forget the good things he does for me.

So let’s ask morning by morning! 

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During the Easter season, we always reflect on what Jesus did for us. 

He took our place. 

And paid for our sin even though we didn’t deserve it. 

He is good. 

Amazingly good!

When your circumstances aren’t good, remember Where to find good. 

Psalm 34:8 (ESV): Oh, taste and see that the LORD is good! Blessed is the man who takes refuge in him!

Take refuge in Him. 

The blessing is Him

That all-the-time-good you seek … is Him! 

Psalm 103:2 (ESV): Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits,

Lord, help our forgetfulness. May we learn once and for all that we were designed for You. Help us remember that we won’t find good anywhere else besides You. And in You, we can have good all the time no matter the circumstance!

*My prayer for you is … that this blog will inspire you to open your Bible every single day to seek God’s face and write His Word on your heart – because HE’S the key to lasting heart change!

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