Be Satisfied with God’s Goodness
- Date: October 31, 2018
- Teacher: Pastor Star R. Scott
- Scripture: “And I will satiate the soul of the priests with fatness, and my people shall be satisfied with my goodness, saith the LORD. (Jeremiah 31:14)
- From God Is Good
With every trial, with every temptation, every test, He makes a way of escape. Oh, the judgment that Jeremiah pronounces upon these people, this captivity in Babylon. It sounds like a total devastation. He says in Jeremiah 31. verse 28, "And it shall come to pass, that…as I have watched over them, to pluck up, and to break down, and to throw down, and to destroy, and to afflict…" that's God talking about His covenant people. He said, "I am absolutely going to devastate them." For what purpose? To restore them! "I'm going to save them from themselves." Do you know the greatest need in this room is for us to be saved from ourselves? We've been saved from the devil, we've been saved from the power of sin; we need to be saved from ourselves, our self-sufficiency, our self-confidence, our self-righteousness, our selfishness, our self-exaltation.
Here are the proud people of the covenant of God. The priesthood is defiled. All they want is wealth and gain. The people are involved in the groves and all of the idolatry worship and all of the lasciviousness that goes along with it. They basically, just in their lives, made God another god among them. They didn't forsake God totally; they just added Him to the list. That's worse than turning your back on Him completely. To diminish Him to the level of other gods is worse than to know that He is God alone and turn your back to Him. He will not be diminished. He will not become another one of the gods, the god of money and mammon, the god of entertainment and pleasure, the god of secular humanism, where we diminish Him and try to put Him in those slots. He won't allow it. "I'll have no other gods before Me."
To Israel in her depravity, God said, "I'm going to break you down, throw you down, destroy you, afflict you." It would be bad if it ended there. "So I will watch over them, to build, and to plant… In those days they shall say no more, the fathers have eaten a sour grape, and the children's teeth are set on edge. But every one shall die for his own iniquity" (Jeremiah 31:28-30). He speaks and He declares very clearly in preparation for this. He talks of the devastation. He tells them in verse 3, "…I have loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore with lovingkindness have I drawn thee…[Those who come to Me, verse 9] with weeping, and with supplications will I lead them…[In this time of restoration, verse 13] then shall the virgin rejoice in the dance, both young men and old together, for I will turn their mourning into joy, and will comfort them, and make them rejoice from their sorrow." I love this phrase here in verse 14, look at it, "And I will satiate the soul of the priests with fatness, and my people shall be satisfied with my goodness, saith the LORD."
As the leaders get a glimpse of God and are able to know the provision of God and His ability to provide the deliverance that's coming, God says, "I will reveal Myself to them and I will also satisfy the people with My goodness." What a promise! After all of the devastation, after all of the judgment, He is making known to them, "There's going to be a day that I will visit you and I will refresh you. You'll understand again the goodness of the Lord." I believe in our generation in this time that we're living in, that we're in great need of seeing the dangers that surround us. We've talked about it so often. The cares of this world, the deceitfulness of riches, the lusts of other things that enter in and choke the Word of God out of my life. "To this man will I show Myself: to them that tremble at My Word." They choke the Word of God out of our lives. What is that? Abundance, lust for more, for more. Are you content? That's a question that only you can determine.