Psalm 145:8-9 (easy)
How full of grace and mercy is the Lord. He is slow to become angry and is full of kind love. It is the Lord that is kind to everybody. He shows his mercy to everything that he has made.
How full of grace and mercy is the Lord.
He is slow to become angry and is full of kind love.
It is the Lord that is kind to everybody.
He shows his mercy to everything that he has made.
Have you ever heard someone talk about God in a completely different way than you think of Him? I’ve talked about this before, but I think it’s so important to continually revisit the way we perceive God, and our ideas about Him. If we don’t view God accurately, it’s really easy to misinterpret His acts and words.
Believing that God is good, kind, loving, fair, merciful, gracious, and all the other positive adjectives is crucial in trusting Him, seeking Him, and building a growing relationship with Him. One of the enemy’s greatest tools is morphing our beliefs about God’s goodness.
This started all the way back in the Garden, with Adam and Eve. “But the snake said to the woman, ‘You will not die. God knows that if you eat the fruit from that tree you will learn about good and evil, and then you will be like God! (Genesis 3:4-5 ERV)”
One of the things I’ve noticed in my own life is that the enemy often works off of foundations of the truth. His main goal is to alter our perspective of God, not the situation. In reality, what the snake said to Eve that day was partially true. They didn’t in fact drop dead (although death was the ultimate outcome of this action), and they were able to see good and evil. The snake made Eve feel that God didn’t have her best interest, that He wasn’t giving her His best, and that He was keeping something from her.
Had Eve been able to see what God was “keeping from her”, I’m sure she would have felt differently about God’s heart and His motives. Had she had just a glimpse of the evil that the world was capable of inhabiting, she would have understood. But she didn’t, because God didn’t create robots.
Instead, we rely on our faith and our beliefs in God’s goodness to build our trust in Him. But what if that’s not the God we know? Then that’s where our faith journey has to begin. Without knowing the goodness and love of God, we can never expect to fully trust Him or rely on Him.
There’s an incredible song called “The God I Know” by Love and the Outcome. Here’s the chorus:
“And then I threw my hands up, worries down
I remember when He showed me how
To break up with my doubt
Once I was lost, but now I’m found
No strings attached, when He saved my soul
I want you to know, the God I know
Oh, you gotta know, oh, the God I know”
We all have a very intimate, personal relationship with God. It won’t look the same as anyone else’s. But if your beliefs don’t center around the fact that God is good, and filled with love, it might be time to take a closer look at the lies that could be steering you in the wrong direction.
Do you find yourself having doubts that God is good? Do you question His character or motives? If so, write about it! You’re not in trouble – you’re wrestling with your faith! Bring those thoughts, questions, and doubts to God, and watch to see what He does with them!
For help with any doubts or disbeliefs that you have about God’s good character.
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