Every day, you should feel overwhelmed. The real question is: What are we going to be overwhelmed by? We can either be overwhelmed by shame, guilt, powerlessness (and so on) … or we can be overwhelmed by the goodness of God.
We are designed for the fullness of goodness.
When Moses asked to see the glory of the Lord in Exodus 33, God answered Him in verse 19 by saying, “I will make all of My goodness pass before you…” And that goodness was going to be so overwhelming that Moses’ human frame would not have been able to survive it.
The glory of God’s goodness was so amazing that Moses’ face shone and everyone saw it. It was so bright that He had to wear a veil sometimes. Think about that. Goodness so powerful and so glorious that it’s beyond our capacity to contain … unless we become a new creation that was designed for the fullness of goodness!
God’s goodness is our divine advantage.
We have a divine advantage that Moses didn’t have: we are NEW creations in Christ and our lives are all about living in the fullness of God’s glory… of His goodness. 2 Corinthians 3:18 says, “But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord.”
Paul wrote to the church of Corinth, that in Christ, the veil (the separation between God and man) had been taken away. As we see the glorious goodness of God, we’re being transformed into that same image. From glory to glory. That means it’s an ever-upward process of encountering God’s goodness. Every day, in every situation… and being overwhelmed by it.
Goodness is a better catalyst than condemnation.
Goodness is powerful. It is a primary catalyst for repentance. Romans 2:4 says, “Or do you despise the riches of His goodness, forbearance, and patience, not knowing that the goodness of God leads you to repentance?”
The Holy Spirit is giving us a pretty strong admonition there. Don’t despise the power of goodness. And certainly, don’t resort to condemnation as a way to turn people’s hearts to the Lord. There is no condemnation in Christ. No one ever got saved by being judged. We’re here on the earth to be GOOD news.
The outrageous goodness of God is what captivates people with who God really is. But before we can be living demonstrations of the goodness of God, we have to have received His goodness for ourselves in all of its fullness.
Want to learn more? Tune in to today’s podcast as we discover the glory of God’s goodness.
As always, thanks for listening!