Sometimes it’s easy to forget about the goodness of God. It’s easy to miss his all-surpassing greatness because of our “light and momentary trials.” (2 Corinthians 4:17)

But God is not a “what have you done for me lately” God. He is the Eternal God (Deuteronomy 33:27). He has always been good. He will always be good. He is the very definition of all that is right and good and holy (1 Peter 1:16, Leviticus 11:44-45). He is patient and kind (2 Peter 3:8-10, Isaiah 63:7). He is both just and merciful (Deuteronomy 32:4, Deuteronomy 4:31, Daniel 9:9). He is our great Heavenly Father.

He created all things. He sustains all things. He is responsible for all that we breathe, eat, and have (Colossians 1:16-17). Every good and perfect thing comes from him (James 1:17). And when he blesses, he adds no trouble (Proverbs 10:22).

The Lord is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness, forgiving wickeness, rebellion, and sin. Yet he still punishes the guilty (Exodus 34:5-7). He is holy and sin cannot stand in his presence, yet he became sin for us so that we, who were sinners, might know him (2 Corinthians 5:21).

The Lord is great and merciful! He is worthy to be praised!

I’ve just barely scratched the surface.

So, how about you tell me a little about the goodness of God?

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