THURSDAY October 11, 2018
The Goodness of God
“ ‘Behold, the days are coming that I will cut off your arm and the arm of your father’s house, so that there will not be an old man in your house. And you will see an enemy in My dwelling place, despite all the good which God does for Israel. And there shall not be an
old man in your house forever.’ ”
1 Samuel 2:31-32
Eli and his sons did not honor the Lord; there was no true repentance and no fear of God. Eli’s ministry as a priest was going to be over. God’s judgment would come, and the tribe of Levi was going to be cut off––it was enough––no more!
Despite the judgment foretold to Eli by the man of God, I noticed within these verses the goodness of God mentioned. The Lord had been good to Israel, but they, too, as a nation, would suffer the tremendous consequences of their disobedience. Psalm 73:1 confirms to us God’s goodness towards His people: Truly God is good to Israel, to such as are pure in heart.
God’s character is good. King David, a man after God’s own heart, also experienced the goodness of God. He was sure that the goodness of God would follow him all the days of his life (Psalm 23:6). In Psalm 34:8-10, David encouraged people to know the goodness of God:
Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the man who trusts in Him! Oh, fear the Lord, you His saints!
There is no want to those who fear Him. The young lions lack and suffer hunger; but those who seek the Lord shall not lack any good thing.
Have you tasted and seen that the Lord is good? Continue to seek the Lord and He will give to you His goodness.
For the Lord God is a sun and shield; the Lord will give grace and glory;
no good thing will He withhold from those who walk uprightly.
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