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Citadel of Love

THE GOODNESS OF GOD

Ps.100:1-5 – “Make a joyful noise unto the LORD, all ye lands. Serve the LORD with gladness: come before his presence with singing. Know ye that the LORD he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture. Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name. For the LORD is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations”.

Has God been good to you? Do you have a reason to praise God today? Sometimes when we say ‘God is good’, many do not understand because they look at their lives and they don’t see any improvement instead things seem to be getting worse with no hope in sight. To them, ‘God is good’ is a mere cliché that carries no tangibility. This is further exacerbated by the fact that most of the testimonies in churches today are on financial increase, new jobs, success in exams or politics etc. If any one came up to share a testimony on spiritual growth or waking up from sleep safely every morning, they thought he was either being funny or crazy. Therefore our view of God’s goodness is limited to things. How myopic?

For so long the Church has used material blessings to qualify the goodness of God thereby hyping the material blessings over and above the spiritual. But do you know that the least blessing you can receive from God is material tangibles? This is because they are perishable and have no eternal value in the sight of God but the spiritual has direct bearing with God. And to focus on material blessings is what it means to be carnally minded which is referred to as death (Rom.8:6). As believers, we have been blessed with all spiritual blessings in Heavenly places (Eph.1:3). And that is God’s best that has been freely made available to all His children. You don’t get that and not say ‘God is good’. The goodness of God has very little to do with achieving a desired feat rather it is merely a manifestation of an aspect of God’s goodness. Therefore, with or without those achievements, God is still good. That must be our new mindset. Amen!

Whereas God is not bothered whether you are poor financially or materially; He is bothered when you are poor spiritually. Jesus said “...what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?”(Mark 8:36-37). Job’s story is a classic example of the premium God places on spiritual things above material. God gave Satan permission to touch all of Job’s material possession but denied permission to the spiritual (Job’s being). If you were robbed and all your possessions taken away but your certificate of competence weren’t taken during the incident will you be so worried about the things that were stolen when the certificate with which you acquired them is still intact? As it were believers have a certificate; consequently whatever the enemy takes from them can be replaced like Job’s case.

Truth be told, the goodness of God has very little to do with material blessings. Even though material possession is needful for a very comfortable life, it is not a standard of measuring the goodness of God. That is why we say in church, ‘God is good; all the time’. The bible tells us to give thanks in everything (good or bad) to God for it is God’s will concerning us in Christ Jesus (1Thess.5:18). Paul and Silas were locked up in prison with their feet fastened in the stocks for casting out devils from a damsel possessed with the spirit of divination. Yet their response was to pray and sing praises to God even in the midst of their troubles. What an attitude? You know the rest of the story; God’s manifest presence appeared and they were supernaturally freed (Acts 16:16-26).

Psalm 136:1 – give thanks to the Lord for He is good. Goodness is that nature of God that keeps us going in times of trouble and eventually brings us out. Therefore thanksgiving to Him should be our way of life. So that angels are continually activated on our behalf. If the devil knew that you will still praise God after losing that job or failing that exam, he would have left you alone because his plan was for you to lose faith and doubt God. Keep praising God and the devil can’t stay in that environment for too long.

Your miracle is not far from you. God will certainly do what He said He would do in your life but what you do with this moment would largely determine how soon you’ll see your miracle.

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