Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Hope Is Anticipating God’s Goodness

In review of Psalm 27:13-14 it says, “I would have despaired unless I had believed that I would see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living. Wait for the LORD; Be strong and let your heart take courage; Yes, wait for the LORD” (NASB).

Today’s passage is Psalm 27:13-14, in it David say, I am confident I will see the Lord’s goodness while I am here in the land of the living. Wait patiently for the Lord. Be brave and courageous. Yes, wait patiently for the Lord.

Waiting for God is not easy. Often it seems that he isn't answering my prayers or doesn't understand the urgency of the situation. However that kind of thinking implies that God is not in control or is not fair. But God is worth waiting for. Lamentations 3:24-26 calls for me to hope in and wait for the Lord because often God uses times of waiting to refresh, renew, or teach me. Make good use of the waiting times by discovering what God may be trying to teach through them.

I’m reminded again that God has only good plans for my life. He does not have bad plans for me, he never has and he never will. Yet I can easily miss God’s plan for my life because I’m not trusting God. Instead, I decide to follow my own plan, and in the end, that leads to hopelessness and pessimism.

The more I understand God’s goodness, the more hopeful I’m going to be because hope is anticipating God’s goodness. The only reason I have hope is because God is good. If God is not a good God, there is no rational reason for hope.

I would have despaired unless I had believed that I’d see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. Wait for the Lord; Be strong and let your heart take courage; Yes, wait for the Lord” (Psalm 27:13-14 NASB).

Everything God does for me, through me, to me, and in me, he does because he is a good God. God’s goodness in my life isn’t based on how good I am. It’s based on God’s character, not mine.

Everybody needs God’s goodness. Everybody wants God’s goodness. But we have to understand and believe it to experience it. In his goodness, he blesses us with sustenance and balance, resilience and guidance, confidence and assurance, influence and abundance, benevolence and inheritance. He makes it all available to his children because of his grace and his good character.

Bottom Line:
Hope Is Anticipating God’s Goodness

What this means to me:
Everything God does for me is because he is good. Even in times of waiting he has a purpose.

This morning Father I want to thank you for a rapid recovery from whatever I had Sunday night. I must remember that your are good all the time. Because I love you and follow your Son, you work all things for my benefit. I pray and ask you for your guidance and wisdom in what I do, how I lead and how I interact with others. Help me to think clearly today, organize my work and put together plans to accomplish them. I ask this through your Son Jesus name, amen!

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