God Is: Good
We all know and confess the truth that God is good. That profession does not always materialize in to practice. If that is the case then do we really believe it? A few weeks ago I spoke about how we all have areas of unbelief in our lives and for many of us not fully believing these truths can be a stumbling block. As Christians we want to categorize people into two groups: believers (those who have accepted Christ as the Lord and Savior of their life) and unbelievers (people who have not come to accept Christ.) I would challenge that view by saying we are all unbelievers in at least some areas of our lives, and as a part of our spiritual growth we are coming to believe the truths about God in all areas of our lives. Believe is a verb, it is the working out of your faith (Phil 2:12, Heb 11.)
God is good so he satisfies us. When we don’t live out the truth that God is good we look externally for other things to satisfy us besides God. The lie that other things are more good than the things of God lead us to chase functional idols. We need the truths about God to not just resonate in our minds but in our hearts and from our hearts it seeps into our actions. I was challenged this week to examine my “if onlys” and repent of my worship of other things. It is so easy to slip into worshipping the creation instead of the Creator (Rom 1:25.) Finish this sentence for me: “I would be satisfied if only ________ happened.” Maybe it is if your spouse behaved differently, your kids performed excellently, you got a promotion at work, you made more money, you had a new car, a bigger house, or a better sports team. I don’t know what your “if only” is but I know that we all have something. Not only do we seek other things to satisfy us, but in the process we are actually shaking our fists at God, saying we know better. We are Eve in the garden believing the lie of the serpent that God is keeping something good from us. Our act of rebellion against God, our sinfulness, is a direct affront to God and His goodness and it begins with a lie that there is something out there that can satisfy us more deeply than Him.
I pray that God would turn your life upside down this week like he did mine. That you would be confronted and convicted of your idolatry. That you might repent, and look to God who is the only one that can permanently satisfy your soul. That your wayward rebellious heart would long for God anew. That you would chase after the heart of God and find holiness. In the words of Paul that “the Lord cause you to increase and overflow with love for one another and for everyone, just as we do for you. May he make your hearts blameless in holiness before our God and Father…” (1 Thess 3:12-13), Amen.
What are you going to do now? Are you going to keep seeking the eternal in the material or reorient your life around the truths about who God is. I found encouragement in knowing Jesus came to satisfy, offering living water and the bread of life (John 4 & 6). Water and bread that no longer leave us hungry and thirsty but full and satisfied. God is good and all good things come from him. His goodness is the only thing that will leave you satisfied and not wanting. Let the truth of who he is pierce your heart this week and be both convicted and encouraged by our Savior.
Based off the work of Tim Chester in You Can Change and Jeff Vanderstelt in Gospel Fluency