“And the LORD descended in the cloud, and stood with him there, and proclaimed the name of the LORD. And the LORD passed by before him, and proclaimed, The LORD, The LORD God, merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abundant in goodness and truth,” Exodus 34:5-6
I have been in church and heard many messages about the great attributes of God. I have read my Bible and felt the Holy Spirit touch my heart and bring tears to my eyes. I have been under such great conviction that I couldn’t but help but drop to my knees and make things right with God, and I cared little about what others thought of me. The presence and power of God cannot be pushed to the side, and His sovereign will cannot be denied. I cannot imagine seeing God pass before me, but I sure have felt His presence and knew He was right there with me, even though I could not physically see Him or feel Him.
I have heard people tell stories of the goodness of God, and I have had a front row seat to His goodness as I watched Him do the impossible. I have seen people whom no one thought would be saved come to salvation, and I have seen God restore the hardest of hearts, including mine. I think of all the good things God has given me in my life, and the mercy He has shown me. I am most grateful for His longsuffering with me. I remember my elementary school teachers writing in my yearbook that their biggest wish for me was that I would sit still. I am not sure that God made me to sit still, and I am grateful for the work He has given me to do.
I was a rambunctious kid who was full of energy and life. I had big plans and ideas, but lacked the skill and willpower to accomplish all that my little heart sought to do. When I was young, I believed God could do anything, and when I got older, I forgot just how merciful, gracious and longsuffering He was. I forgot about His goodness and sought out my own truth to try and dispel the Truth and failed miserably. I tried to run from God, but always ended up in the “belly of the whale” until He drew me back to Himself. I still find it amazing that God chose an addict to run an addiction’s program. He took my weaknesses and changed my thinking with His truth. I learned that I am nothing without Him, but with Him I can do all things.
Do you realize the goodness of God? Are you quick to thank Him for how good He is or do you struggle to find a praise to share with others? Do you realize all that He is and how merciful and gracious He is to us? Do you remember who you were prior to Him coming into your life? Psalm 34:8 states, “O taste and see that the Lord is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him.” Have you tasted of His abundant goodness? Psalm 107:1 states, “Oh give thanks unto the Lord, for he is good: for his mercy endureth forever.” May we always give thanks to our great and mighty God, and may we never forget His abundant goodness to us.
Stay in the fight! Saso