His Goodness leads to His Heart
by Tina Segura
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I often hear the slogan "God is good." I get proud when I hear this because I realize the strength behind that term "goodness". I realize that we do not boast on something we're unsure about. Our assurance is in a firm uncompromising truth, and that's exciting. I hear amazing testimonies and jaw dropping miracles that are can only be present in the workings of a superior perfect being and that's exciting. And yet, to witness and be an active participant in God's presence, to behold the sheer bliss of the Holy Spirit's inter workings, well that my friends is utterly breathtaking.
In light of all this, I started to think of the differences between our love for God's hands and our love for His heart. See the goodness of God is seen everywhere. His signature is displayed within His handiwork and has been stamped all over creation. As His workmanship (Ephesians 2:10), He lavishly pours His perfection amidst our imperfect bodies - healing them, in our broken relationships - restoring them, within our poverty-stricken faculties - enriching them, and inside our empty souls - over filling them (as our cup runneth over). All this and much more, equates to our God being "good." But many of us upon coming to this realization reaches it and then stops there. We experience an aspect of God's personality without desiring to experience His person. We arrive at that moment where the fire relinquishes and everything once again is calm and serene. We can breath. We can relax and learn to prepare for the next title wave. But we come no closer to the one who allowed the flame and then in turn, with His help, allowed us to conquer it. Jesus then becomes known for His goodness and not His companionship. The one who sticks closer than a brother is only a brother when times dictate our helplessness not our loneliness.
Friends may I suggest that God purposely shows us His goodness though undeserved because He's hoping that we desire the best part, Himself. He's hoping that we see the works of His hands as a catapult to genuine relationship. Experiences are wonderful, but without relationship they really are just experiences. In relationship, they become memories. The differences in these memories ones in the natural are that they produce seeds of faith in your spirit for vision and harvest.
Sometimes we allow ourselves to be too busy for relationship. We're too busy to read the word. We're too busy to pray. We're too busy to make it to church or get involved. Interestingly enough, we would not expect the God of the universe to be too busy to fulfill our needs should we inquire of them. It's wonderful to know that God is not too busy for deliverance. He's not too busy for salvation. He's not too busy for protection or healing. In fact, He's always ready for relationship. He doesn't force us to dine with Him and learn of His stature and attributes. He gives us the option to leave but not without affirming that if we've only arrived for the dessert, we'll remain hungry. Beloved, while Jesus desires to see the welcome mat at your door while inviting Him in during tragedy, He'd much rather see His living quarters there to be present before it arrives.
Start or continue your relationship with Jesus right now. Reach out to Him. He's waiting. Invite Him in your situation. He's waiting. Draw upon the strength of His word. He's waiting. Is there a true English word to describe how awesome He is? No. But good He is indeed.
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