Key Verse – Taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the man who takes refuge in him. Psalm 34:8
A.W. Tozer writes, “The goodness of God is that which disposes Him to be kind, cordial, benevolent, and full of good will toward men.”
It is difficult to turn to any page in the Bible and not see a reference to God’s goodness. It can be related to His faithfulness or His mercy, but it is different. God may be good because of His faithfulness or mercy, but neither attribute causes Him to be good. Like His goodness of mercy however, God’s goodness is unmerited.
We do nothing to deserve the good things that He bestows upon us. There is a song that sums this concept up well. “When we get what we don’t deserve, that’s a real good thing. When we don’t get what we deserve, that’s a real good thing.”
Although there are many promises of goodness reserved for the Christian, God’s goodness is not just reserved for the righteous. Matthew 5:45 tells us that God causes the rain to fall upon both the righteous and the wicked.
Many people worship God because of what they perceive as an advantage of what God can do for them. There are those who come to church who have no understanding of salvation but rather think of God as a sort of cosmic butler who is waiting upon their beck and call. Even many Christians see God as their own servant and believe that He owes them for worshipping Him.
But because God’s goodness is not conditional to only Christians, we have no understanding of how it is distributed, so to speak. Christians experience great troubles in life while at times the most wicked appear to enjoy the best in life. Make no mistake that this is only temporary as God’s holiness demands justice.
We must have the attitude of Job however and seek to worship God despite our situation. Job worshipped God in both prosperity and poverty. In Job 13:15 he decreed “Though he slay me, yet will I hope in him; I will surely defend my ways to his face.”
God’s goodness is not conditional on our worship. Our worship should not be conditional based on what we perceive to be God’s goodness.