“For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to everyone that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek. For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, the just shall live by faith” Romans 1:16-17
LIGHT FOR NOW: You are far from the truth if you equate God’s goodness to the fundamental things going well in life.
We have a loving God whose disposition towards humanity has always been consistent within His character of love. God’s loving kindness, God’s tender mercies, His goodness to humanity is the study we will embark on in this month’s devotional. We want to go through the pages of the scriptures and reveal the tender heart of a loving God for humanity even in the depth of his sins. We want to look at God’s love. Is God’s love just a feeling? Yes, God loves man, but how? Did God just sit down in space and proclaim “I love man”? Was His love seen in speeches or words? Or was God’s love demonstrated? If God’s love were demonstrated, the question is, how? Under which conduit can we say God really loves man? Is God’s love for man a reaction or a pro-action? Was God’s goodness to man an aftermath of man’s goodness to God? Was man even good in the first place? What then is the bible? What does the message of the bible culminate in? Is salvation or eternal life in Christ a reaction or a pro-action?
Where is salvation found? How is a man then saved? What about eternal life; when is eternal life received? Is eternal life a life we will receive in heaven or a life that believers have presently here on earth? All the above questions and more are what will come to light as we study through carefully.
Notice the topic, “The goodness of God revealed in salvation”. Now, so many of us keep saying in our words “God is good”. We even sing “this God is too good o. I will worship you forever”. The big question is; how many us who sing “this God is too good o” have an understanding of what God’s goodness really is? For most of us who sing that song, what we really think God’s goodness is “I just bought a new car… new clothes… so God is good… this God is too good”. You just built a new house/estate, so you remember to sing “this God is too good o”. So, what we have in our minds as God’s goodness is within the parameters of experiences and circumstances. Now, we are not saying that having a new car or buying a new house doesn’t mean God is not good, but if that is what you use to define the goodness of God, then you are far from the truth. Fundamentally, what is God’s goodness? What has God done that we can say, “yes indeed, God is good”. Let’s now enjoy the adventure as we unbundle this truth. Glory!!!
INSTRUCTION: Know the Goodness of God.
PRAYER: Father, I declare that my eyes are open up to the understanding of your word, in Jesus Name, Amen!
QUOTE: Experiences don’t define God’s goodness even though God’s goodness produces experience.
DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: ROMANS CHAPTER 1; EVENING: ROMANS CHAPTER 2