You know, the first part of that title is self-explanatory. But, is it? In life, we’re thrown into situations, circumstances, hard times, good times etc… and that’s no surprise.
In fact, half of us EXPECT something bad to happen (especially while we’re experiencing something good). There is a fear that arises that tells us “too good to be true” or “all good things come to an end.” Yet in my humble opinion, that is a load of baloney!
To agree with the thought that we don’t deserve happiness or we aren’t worthy of it, is actually denying the gift of God’s goodness in our lives. We subconsciously deny God the right to show off His goodness.
Not cool. NOT cool at all.
The unshakeable fact is, God is good. There is never a time where He is not good (double negative FOR THE WIN). However, there are definitely times where our position in a circumstance gives us a filter that makes it really hard to see God’s true character. And yet, regardless of what we think or what we decide… He is still good.
[bctt tweet=”God doesn’t need our permission to be good. Talia D’Orazio”]
What made us think that we are the stewards of His goodness? When did His goodness start being measured in correlation to our circumstance? Either He is God or He’s not. Either He’s greater than it all, or He’s not. There are no grey areas.
One of the hardest things to grasp for us as His Sons and Daughters, is that we all have equal access to the goodness of God (and that there is no limitation).
It’s like an all-you-can-eat buffet, with no time or quantity limits. And when you do decide to go home, you’re allowed to bring a massive box of leftovers (which might even taste better tomorrow).
Who wouldn’t want to do that? #promisedland
You serve me a six-course dinner, right in front of my enemies. You revive my drooping head, my cup brims with blessing. Psalm 23:5 MSG
And yet so often we sit down at the table, with our plates half full, and don’t go up for seconds, and then complain about being hungry an hour later. So when we’re going through life, where are we reaching? What do we turn to? WHO do we turn to?
It’s a struggle to choose God in a moment of trial. In my life it’s been something God has been revealing to me, and I can honestly say that it’s one of those things that becomes easier with time. When something has gone amiss, I swallow my pride (it takes a few big gulps, let’s be honest), and reach out saying “God I need You, and I want to see your goodness in this scenario”. This is an accessible lifestyle and I challenge you to make the conscious decision to designate God as your go-to man.
Now, the other side of the spectrum is often more difficult! dun dun dunnnnn. In our tough times we can cast our bitter woes on the Lord and cling to the cross in sickening desperation and pain. But when we are feeling on top of the world, DO WE REMEMBER TO ACKNOWLEDGE GOD?! (capitals needed for emphasis)
Honestly, I could have had the most amazing day, get into bed smiling and then it hits me… #thatawkwardmoment when you realize you’ve barely paid any attention to God all day. And you’re like “You mad bro?” and He’s all like “No, I’m so happy you had a great day, I love seeing you laugh. I love You so much! I had so much fun seeing you enjoy today!” Yeah… He’s that good. Enjoy your fat slice of humble pie.
Now, I’m not trying to condemn you. That’s not my heart.
I’m using my life as an example so you feel better about yourself… You’re welcome.
It’s just that sometimes it’s so easy to fall into the habit of only going to Him when we need something. Things are going well, nothing is out-of-place. And yet, the blessings He has poured over me are the reason I had a great day. They’re the foundation of my smile that lasts till I fall asleep. It’s so vital to be in constant thankfulness, and consistent gratitude towards Him. When we make this our lifestyle, we begin to recognize His goodness even more. Eventually, we can’t help but acknowledge Him in everything because we are so caught up in who He is and how thankful we are for who He is.
As Bill Johnson likes to say, “We will always reflect the nature of the world we are most aware of.” (Read more in his creative book, Dreaming with God: Secrets to Redesigning Your World)
In our lowest times, reach high to Him. In our high times reach even HIGHER. Our praises and thanks to Him should not change, because He never changes. He is God. He is good. He is worthy. We will never be able to change some of our circumstance, but we have the power over our response to them , and in turn that gives us the ability to determine the outcome.
Now, a moment of praise and thankfulness for the One who created the Heavens and the Earth and yet still has the time to love us where we’re at. #praisebreak