Verse: Psalm 31:19 (MSG)
What a stack of blessing you have piled up for those who worship you. Ready and waiting for all who run to you to escape an unkind world. You hide them safely away from the opposition.

The Lord is good. We have all heard it. Some of us have truly experienced it … a moment where we just know God has blessed us. An event where we think “This can only be God’s doing!”

But if we haven’t? What if we have walked through our Christian journey and not had a true taste of the goodness of God? And then we wonder, “Are you there, Lord? Do I matter to You?”

Maybe what we’ve expected goodness to be is not what God has intended. Is it possible we’ve boxed up this idea of goodness and left too narrow a point of view on the matter?

I think God’s goodness can be simple. It can be seen in the beauty of nature. Or in the purest moments of prayer when our hearts break and only He can see and mend them.  Or in a moment where the peace around us is a gift even if just for that little bit of time. The version of the passage above paraphrased in The Message reminds me that we have access to an abundance in God. But it doesn’t just happen. We have to reach for that “stack of blessing,” “run to Him for escape,” and let Him “hide” us.

Experiencing the goodness of God is sometimes an action where we start first. We have to take time to quiet ourselves and become aware of the goodness He offers … read about it in the words of the Bible … contemplate it in the beauty of life.

The goodness of God is real, but our decision to seek it out is real too. Just like we decided to follow Jesus, we have to decide to sit and listen for God to reveal what is good in our lives. For it is abundant.

Jesus, help me to slow down and notice your goodness in my life today.

Author: Mindy Kempista