But fear has restrained my excitement; it's been hard to live this year's word -- it's been hard to rejoice.
I speak carefully about the future because I know nothing is guaranteed.
Nothing except one thing: God's goodness. God's goodness doesn't waver.
"For the LORD is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations." Psalm 100:5The past few weeks I've been muddling through what I say I believe and what I actually believe -- beliefs versus ideals, you could say. I say I believe in God's goodness no matter my circumstances.
And if that's true, I've asked myself, shouldn't I trust Him no matter my circumstance?
Shouldn't I rejoice right now without abandon because I trust in His goodness?
To rejoice is to trust in God's goodness no matter what happens -- simply just because God is good.
In these thoughts, I've been drawn to the fact that not only is He good and His goodness central to His character but that he's also a merciful Father who wants to love us well and give us good gifts.
“Which of you, if your son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!" Matthew 7:9-11I just have to trust Him.
And when I trust, my heart easily rejoices in His love.
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