Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Seeing Goodness

"Yet I am confident that I will see the LORD's goodness while I am here in the land of the living" (Psalm 27:13 NLT).

"I will see the Lord's goodness" does NOT mean, "The Lord is not currently being good to me, but I'm confident that before I die, He will be good to me again." God IS good and He DOES good. Period. He is always good.

So if I am not currently seeing His goodness, the problem is not with Him but with my sight (or lack thereof). My eyes have been blinded--by sin and my idols, by satan, by circumstances--and I have been rendered temporarily unable to see clearly. My perception of reality is skewed.

That means that "I am confident that I will see the Lord's goodness" is "I am not sensing God's goodness right now, but I trust that my sight will be restored and I will once again be able to recognize His goodness which has been at work all along."

Lord, make it so. Give me eyes of faith to behold Your goodness and glory, no matter what I see with my physical eyes. Give me a heart to trust that it is my vision, not Your goodness, that has failed. Help me to trust, even when stumbling blindly, that You are good and do good, that Your goodness is FOR me.  Help me believe with the psalmist's confident assurance that You will restore my sight, because I am in Christ, and He came to do exactly that: to recover sight for the blind.

[edited repost from the archives]

Freeing You From Your Little Definition of Goodness

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