“He’s not safe, but He’s good” (The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe)
― C.S. Lewis
I love to see God moving in the lives of others, especially with those yet to Know Him. It is an awesome privilege to witness Him gently and oh so powerfully drawing people to Himself.
A close friend of mine recently called me with the news that she had finally found a house to rent. It was a good price and was available within the week. She was ecstatic; she would finally be able to move out of an area that had caused her much grief. For the past few years she had lived alongside anti-social neighbours, suffered victimisation, racial abuse and countless sleepless nights riddled with worry and anxiety. The new house was situated in a quiet and peaceful area; it was a fresh start for her in so many ways.
My heart leapt a little as I heard the relief in her voice. My thoughts turned to praise and I offered grateful thanks to God. I recognised what He was doing; He was drawing my friend to Himself with a display of His goodness.
I willed with all my heart that she would recognise the Goodness of God towards her, that no other would get the glory but Him.
It is the goodness of God that leads people to repentance, to turn wholeheartedly to Him.
I believe the quality of true goodness has been watered down with each generation. It is no longer readily used to describe virtue or honoured as something to aspire to.
Yet goodness is the manifestation of who God is in our lives. We receive it as a gift from heaven;
‘Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.’- James 1 v 17
This is one thing we can never speak too much of. Speaking of His goodness counteracts the lie permeating society right now that God is not good, that He doesn’t care, that He is distant and unfeeling.
Sometimes we need to remind ourselves of the goodness of God in our daily lives, and sometimes we need to help others identify it in theirs. Even in tragedy and chaos, if we look closely enough we will find something good happening. Acts of heroism, selfless bravery, astounding resilience and strengthening of communities.
His goodness does not discriminate. It is available for all. He pours it out on us even in the very moment we don’t deserve it. Especially when we don’t deserve it.
‘He causes His sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous.’- Matthew 5 v 45
His goodness is unique; there is no other kind of goodness that compares. His goodness is in a class all by itself. It’s no wonder Jesus declared, ‘no-one is good- except God alone’ (Mark 10 v 18.
Let’s pray to see more of the manifested goodness of God in the lives of those around us. That He would increase our awareness of His goodness, leading those out of darkness into His marvellous light.