Peach says: “The thief comes only in order to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have and enjoy life, and have it in abundance (to the full, till it overflows).” – John 10:10
While ‘godliness with contentment is great gain’. 1 Timothy 6:6, it is ALSO something He desires, greatly desires, you to know, that is — He is your GOOD Father, when you are in relationship, in right standing with Him, through your reliance on the perfect sacrifice of Christ Jesus on your behalf. He desires not only to work out good things for you, in you and through you, but He has goodness in store for you and WANTS you to get to know Him in these ways.
“For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.“- Jeremiah 29:11.
“I will give you the treasures of darkness
And hidden riches of secret places,
That you may know that I, the Lord,
Who call you by your name,
Am the God of Israel.” – Isaiah 45:3 (this literally came across the TV as I was typing out this message, as the preacher was explaining ‘He is ALWAYS the God of the double portion, of more than enough’!! This coming on after the end of an entirely different message I had just watched).
“Oh, how great is Your goodness,
Which You have laid up for those who fear You,
Which You have prepared for those who trust in You…!” – Psalm 31:19 (a FAVORITE of mine!)
“6 But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a REWARDER of those who diligently seek Him.” – Hebrews 11:6
“Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good;
Blessed is the man who trusts in Him!” – Psalm 34:8
In 2001 the Lord impressed on my heart “Trust me to do you good”. Since then I have learned of His goodness to us, in us, and that He lets us be part of. About 4 or 5 years ago, He impressed on me to make my effort to help people know of His goodness. “Oh taste and see that the Lord is GOOD;”
Today I could tell you many things, many ways He has proven Himself true and faithful over and over. But, you likely have your own stories, your own experiences! I simply want to shine a spotlight on Him, on His goodness. He desires to express that goodness, that love, that rich grace, mercy, purpose and plan for you. This world we live in is designed to distract us, hopes to overwhelm us, that we may lose heart, forget, lose our upward focus! All runners must keep focused upward and forward! All mountain climbers must focus upward and forward. JESUS IS OUR UPWARD! OUR FORWARD!
I hope you feel exhilarated and encouraged. Taste and SEE! The Lord, He IS good!!