The Goodness of God
This is an excerpt from my book Was It All For Nothing? Finding Purpose Through Trauma. You can find it here to purchase. I pray that it blesses you in Jesus name.
“Then Moses said, “I pray You, show me Your glory!” And He said, “I Myself will make all My goodness pass before you, and will proclaim the name of the Lord before you; and I will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and will show compassion on whom I will show compassion” (Exodus 33:18-19 ESV).
The greatest foundation in my faith is knowing that without a doubt, no matter if I am dealing with good or bad circumstances, no matter what, God is good. When God is referred to as “good” in the Bible it has multiple meanings in the Hebrew language that adequately encompasses the fullness in physical and spiritual meanings. It can be translated to “better, best, merry, fair, precious, fine, prosperity, beautiful, wealth, agreeable, bountiful, cheerful, at ease, ready, and sweet” (Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance, 2020). He does not just give these things to us, He IS all of these things. We live in a fallen, dying world riddled with sin, hatefulness, and evil, and as believers, our job is to be the bearers of His light and bring heaven to earth. We are to transform cultures despite the fallen and broken people around us. We are to bring healing, hope, and a different way of life to everyone whom we encounter. We are to show other people the embodiment of the goodness of God. This is only possible if you know who God is, who you are in Christ, the power and authority you hold, and living from a kingdom perspective— that is, seeing things from a Godlike perspective. We can only do this through a close, intimate walk with Him, seeking Him first in all things.
The main conclusion that I came to during this writing journey is that above all, God is good and He wants to use that pain, those hurt feelings, that brokenness to help someone else. Yes, He wants to heal you because He loves you. He wants to shine His light on those areas to bring you blessings; you can then turn around and bring His healing to other people who are experiencing the same problems.
It doesn’t matter what you have done, what anyone’s opinion is of you, or what anyone else has done to you. There is a God who wants to make it right and remove the burdens and pain you are carrying. Each and every person has a horrific story of heartache they have been through— whether it be loss, death, sickness, or abuse. Your feelings, struggles, and pain are all valid. We all have the right to feel broken about our situations, but I would like to propose that we are called to live higher than these feelings of brokenness.
This concept has been difficult for me to grasp and to fully understand while I was in the midst of walking through grief. For a long time, I wanted to keep a very tight grip on my pain. I even came to the conclusion that this was just who I was. I thought that I needed to accept the shame, depression, feelings of pain, and outbursts of anger as my “new normal,” my new way of life. I came to the false conclusion that everyone just needed to get used to who I was now. That was very detrimentals mindset, and I caused a lot of damage to everyone around me because of it.
Don’t do what I did. God wants to be near you, especially during these times of despair, because He promises that He will use it all for your good. Even if what caused you emotional, physical, or sexual trauma was not His original doing, He will turn all things to work for the good (or beauty, prosperity, best, fairness) of those that love Him. What a promise! We are not promised an easy life; in fact, the lives of the biblical saints are filled with persecution, imprisonment, abuse, judgment, and ridicule. That is not a life that we typically would look forward to, when you re looking at it from a worldly perspective. The lives of the believers in the Bible were not the “American dream.” But they had (and we have) the opportunity to see things from a different perspective. Everything that we do or do not do here on this earth has an eternal outcome, and when God shows you what that looks lie, there is no earthly thing that could seem better than what He wants for you, and no one can take that away from you.
I hope you can see here that God’s beautiful and perfect design for you and your purpose in this world is not by mistake. He thought of you individually and unique for a high purpose, all for His glory, all from His goodness. Every area of our lives, if we submit them to Him, He will use for our good and for the good of those with whom we interact with… all for His glory!
Please grab your copy of Was It All For Nothing? Finding Purpose Through Trauma and share this with your friends. Blessings to you all.