For You, Lord, are good, and ready to forgive,
And abundant in mercy to all those who call upon You.
What does faith do?
Faith explores the realms opened by the promises of God. These promises are found in the Person of Jesus Christ, which contain some of the greatest revelations ever received by mankind. They reveal the nature and the heart of God. The playing field of our faith, then, is only as big as our recognition of God’s goodness.
when we expect the worst, even though he has the best
Those who never make the connection with God’s goodness struggle constantly with the expectation of tragedy. This fight creates a conflict any time they try to discern the source of a problem. Many even attribute the clear work of the devil to God Himself because they believe that God authors bad things to happen for our good. In other words, the end justifies the means. We would not accept this standard of logic in any other area of life. Yet it has become common in the theology of many because they do not understand the cornerstone of all theology—God is good.
receive your assignment
When the issue of God’s goodness is settled, our assignment becomes much clearer. When we burn with the conviction that God is good, things begin to open in our understanding that were previously out of reach. Instead of living in reaction to problems, hoping for breakthroughs and solutions, we live proactively, looking for occasions for God’s love and goodness to be manifest. As the Kingdom of God is a Kingdom of advancement, it requires forward movement in our thinking and our behavior.
My claim is this: We move forward in faith, according to our understanding and conviction of God’s perfect goodness. This is our time to get the goodness issue settled. And then, out of that conviction, we can look for chances to let our faith explore the boundaries of goodness that are much more extreme than we could possibly imagine.
Here are some resources to help give you further revelation of the goodness of God, as well as books authored by Bill Johnson.
- God’s blessings extend to every area of your life. God Wants to Bless You!, by Pastor Che Ahn, gives a strong, scriptural foundation for the goodness of God in your family, finances and personal healing.
- God’s goodness is displayed to us in His love. Father God Really Loves You is an HRock sermon series on God’s extravagant love for His children.
- Defining Moments, collected and compiled by Bill Johnson, is a collection of testimonies about ordinary men and women whom God used in extraordinary ways.
- Face to Face with God is a practical book on encountering God and experiencing His goodness in your life, also by Bill Johnson.