I really love this Bible verse, because it shows God’s goodness and faithfulness to us when we decide to pursue a relationship with Him:
I particularly like the rendering of this passage in the Amplified (AMP) translation, since it notes that the Lord is good to those who “confidently” wait for Him, and intentionally seek Him based on the authority and truth of the Bible.
This is an incredible promise if you stop to think about it. God is basically saying that He will be good to us (let’s bear in mind that God’s definition of “good” often looks different than ours) when we choose to believe what He reveals about Himself in the Bible. This promise doesn’t necessitate that God will move quickly (according to our human standards), but it does say that He will be good to us.
I don’t know about you, but I’ll take the goodness of God over the fickleness of man any day. While I am still waiting for answers to certain prayers in my life, I can take a moment to remember all the good things that God has faithfully given to (and maintained for) me thusfar. I thought that I would mention a few here, but please note that this list is not exhaustive.
- Daily Thankful. This blog has been more of a blessing to me than you all will likely ever know. I aim to read all of your comments, and they touch my heart in ways that you may not realize. I am honored (and still amazed, if I’m honest) that there are people out there who take the time to read this blog each day. God is good, and I am grateful! 🙂
- Shelter, food, family, and church. This past year has been challenging in many respects, but God has nonetheless faithfully provided the daily manna – the everyday things that I often take for granted – that I’ve needed. Sometimes, His methods are a touch unconventional, but He has reliably ensured that all of my daily needs are met. He’s also placed a hedge of protection around my family, and He’s also kept me in a wonderful church where I am privileged to hear the Word of God preached each week (and I’m able to worship freely without fear for my life – talk about a freedom that most of us Americans take for granted!).
- Renewed hope for the future. A year ago, I never would’ve been able to imagine that I would feel as I do now. Yes, there’s been much pain and hardship, but I can honestly say I feel hopeful and optimistic for the future. I truly believe that this is God’s will for all of us. My struggle is to simply leave my life in the Lord’s hands, rather than trying to snatch it back and control/analyze everything. I have learned that the more I worry, the less hope I generally feel. I am trying my best to live for today, but I would be lying to you if I told you that it was easy. It’s something that I have to intentionally set my mind to each day.
As I said before, this list is for from exhaustive. I simply wanted to chronicle some of the ways that God has been good to me. Sometimes, we must make the choice to thank and praise God for the ways that He has faithfully sustained us in the past and present, when the way forward (and our future) seems unclear. In fact, there is a verse from Psalm 54 that speaks to this principle:
Dear Lord, my prayer today is a simple one. Thank You for being the One who helps and sustains me. Thank You also for Your continued goodness to me. Help me to remember to do my part so that I can wait patiently for You, and confidently seek a relationship with You (based upon Your goodness, and my belief in what You say about Yourself in the Bible). In Your name I pray, Amen.