Kia ora everyone. Rob here.
As I thought about today’s blog, the question came to me:
What would be really good to know right now?
The answer, I believe is that God is and always will be good. A helpful daily practice for God’s people right now would be to affirm the reality of God’s goodness. I suggest this because believing that God is good is actually quite difficult when you’re surrounded by things going from bad to worse. It’s also helpful in times of uncertainty. God’s permanent goodness is a rock where we can place our feet. It leads to hope and hope is a fuel that energises us when giving up seems like a viable option.
The failure to believe in God’s goodness, like most human failings, is rooted in the story of the garden. The serpent comes to Eve and says this:
“Did God really say, ‘You must not eat from any tree in the garden’… For God knows that when you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”
What he’s really saying is,
“God is holding out on you. He’s not good or trustworthy. You can’t be free when he’s in charge.”
The problem is that going our own way and trusting in our own best thinking has never really worked for us, has it? I really like Isaiah 26:3
You will keep in perfect peace
those whose minds are steadfast,
because they trust in you.
The path to peace is to trust God, especially when times are hard. When you feel like the whole world is against you, God says, “Trust in my goodness.” The question is, how do we do it?
There’s the short daily practice of agreeing with God’s goodness:
God: Father, Son, Holy Spirit I agree with your goodness today. I affirm your goodness in all circumstances and in everything that happens to me and around me today. Amen.
It’s also good to make a habit of stopping and thanking God for anything good that happens in your day. You can thank God for the sun shining, for a bargain at the supermarket, for a kind word from someone, for having enough today, for having breath.
Something that helps me is to remind myself that it’s all going somewhere. Things may feel hopeless but in reality it’s all going somewhere. That phrase helps me to know that God is in control, he has a plan and it’s good.
Another really good thing to do is to break any agreements with the idea that God isn’t good. Any variation of, “God is holding out on me,” needs to be renounced and broken. Otherwise you start viewing your whole life through that lens and you fail to see the goodness of God in your midst.
There will be other practices and you know what helps you. Time in creation, worship music, cuddling your kids or your pet, getting some exercise and more. Do whatever it takes to remind yourself of the goodness of God. Reading your favourite scriptures really helps too. Just do it and keep doing it. The world needs you to be in touch with God’s goodness because they need to see it, hear it and feel it.
Grace and peace everyone.