God’s Goodness is Great
- Date: November 19, 2018
- Teacher: Pastor Star R. Scott
- Scripture: “Oh how great is thy goodness, which thou hast laid up for them that fear thee; which thou hast wrought for them that trust in thee before the sons of men!” (Psalm 31:19)
- From God's Sovereign Goodness
Goodness is God's purpose for us, kindness is God's purpose for us, but there is a thief that is running around seeking to devour us, isn't there? There's a conflict constantly in the kingdoms that are warring (the kingdom of light and the kingdom of darkness), and they're at war. There's a constant conflict, and Satan is going about seeking whom he may devour. He's come to kill, steal, and destroy, hasn't he? Some of us have had our health stolen. He comes to kill, steal, and destroy. We've experienced, many of us, havoc in our lives-some domestically, some physically, some financially. We begin to experience these weights upon our lives. I just want to remind us: all things work together for good! What you're in right now will work for your eternal good. What is temporally a burden and a war and pain will work together for good to those that love God and are called according to His purpose. One of these days the tears are going to be wiped away! There will be no more sorrow.
So we're looking for that day. We're looking for that city whose builder and maker is the good God Who has gone to prepare a place for us and will come again to receive us unto Himself that where He is, there we may be also! That's worth waiting for. That's worth enduring for! That's worth fainting not for. He's gone to prepare a place, and it's above anything that eye has seen or ear has heard. It's above anything that can enter into the imagination of man, God's goodness and kindness to us. What is that place? I don't know, but it's good.
We tend to think at it from all of our perspectives. Some of us see that as that mansion, you know, and we equate it to some kind of our dream house here. Eye has not seen. There are some pretty cool homes around. I was looking at some homes the other day. I just type it-I wanted to see homes that were over $100 million. I was shopping and just looking at homes that were over $100 million. It's kind of cool. There are a number of them. Eye has not seen!
Now, that word "mansion" in the Greek really means dwelling places. Our dwelling is in Him. He said, "I've gone and prepared a place for you. I've established that supreme dwelling" (John 14). All I know is this: that mansion will be in His presence. That mansion will be occupied by Him because all things are by Him and for Him, the Scripture says. (Colossians 1:16) Where He is, is where that mansion is, and He in us and us in Him.
So as we've been talking about the goodness of God and the favor of God. He Who comes to fill the hungry soul, we saw, with goodness. We see those promises that tell us in Psalm 31:19 that His goodness is for those that fear Him, that reverence Him, that stand in awe of Him. In awe of the one Who gave it all for us! Does that old, old story still cause you to stand in awe? "I Love to Tell the Story"-that old hymn tells it all. The love of God manifest in the person of Jesus, Who was made sin with our sin that we might be made righteous with His righteousness. "I had fainted, unless I had believed to see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living."