God is Good in All Things
- Date: November 12, 2018
- Teacher: Pastor Star R. Scott
- Scripture: “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.” (Romans 8:28)
- From God's Sovereign Goodness
Jesus is coming back real soon. The stupidity is supernatural, and so don't get caught up in your emotions, in these last days, about the stupidity of the politics of our country. Just rejoice that the Lord is coming back soon. Otherwise you'll get distracted and upset for no reason at all. God's will is being done!
We're going to talk about that a little bit. We have been talking about the goodness of God-and so thankful for that. God is so sovereignly good to us in all of His ways, and we saw in our recent study that goodness meant literally to show favor to someone. Not because they're worthy, but to just show them favor. We talked about the good Samaritan who, on his way down the road, saw one of the enemies of his people fallen by the wayside, beaten and abused by robbers. He went and cared for the man and paid for his expenses, and then I like what he said in the parting phrase. "And if you have to take care of him further, just put it on my account. I'll pay you when I come back" (Luke 10:35).
Aren't you glad that all of our sins are on Jesus' account? The handwriting of ordinances against us has been blotted out. Jesus paid it all, and so we rejoice in that, the goodness of God toward us. He shows us that favor and goodwill at all times. His mercy and His kindness to us are because God is good. He is merciful because He is good. His kindness is extended to us because He is good, and His goodness comes from His love. He is eternally loving. There's no end to His love, and as we want to share, behind all of His goodness, behind this love, is the sovereignty of God, His power, His ability to do whatever He wants. Think about that. Whatever God wants to show you, whatever kindness He wants to show you, whatever favor He wants to put upon your life, there is no power that can resist it. Think about that.
God's goodness toward you cannot be resisted. Satan can't stop it. Circumstances can't stop it. Even your foolishness can't stop it. God can be good to you because He is sovereign, and it's not based upon merit. No one is going to be able to stand and say, "That's not fair for You to be good to them, because they're ugly and they don't deserve it." God is sovereign, and He can be good to you if He wants. And judicially because Jesus paid the price, so both ways we see that God has got it covered. He is going to pour His goodness out upon us.
Romans 8:28 says, "All things work together for good for [who?] those that He's called, the justified, to those that love God and are called according to His purpose." So we want to talk about that: God's ability to get His goodness to us. "All things work together for good to those that love God and are called according to His purpose." That tells me that from the natural perspective then, all things may not appear to be good. Anybody in that one right now? "This does not appear to be good." You know, I've been walking in that for a number of years now, and it's like, "This doesn't appear to be good," but all things work together for good. And in everything we will praise Him and give thanks, and for everything we will give thanks. Because that's the will of God for us, and we will give thanks in everything and for everything because God is good. He is worthy. "I had fainted, unless I had believed to see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living" (Psalm 27:13).
Here in the land of the living things don't always seem that good. And you know, we can faint, but He says to us, "Be strong and don't faint." He said if we don't faint, what will happen? [In due season we will reap, Galatians 6:9.] So we realize this is the favor of God, the blessings of God that are going to come upon us, if we don't faint in our well doing.