God Is Good!
Thursday, January, 12, 2017 | 11:35 AM | by Pastor Rick
God Is Good!
When God reveals to us that He is moved by a passionate love for us and gracefully desires to give us the kingdom of God with light and life and everlasting joy—we hesitate.
Why? Fear. Something hinders the release of wonder of God into our lives. Something confines our affections for something other than ourselves. Something makes us fear that this is just too good to be true.
Oh, how complex are the obstructions of belief!
- The way our parents treated us,
- The deadening force of poverty or wealth,
- The anesthesia of televised worldliness,
- The boredom of everyday life,
- The wilderness of lonely marriage,
- The heartbreak of wayward kids,
- The never-ending physical pain
There are endless ways the enemy of our souls can make us fear that the God and Father of Jesus Christ is too good to be true. The good news is that JESUS BATTLES OUR UNBELIEF! Jesus will not sit by and let us disbelieve without a fight. He takes up the weapon of the Word and speaks it with power for all who struggle to believe: “Fear not, little flock, for it is your Father’s pleasure to give you the kingdom” Luke 12:32.
His aim is to defeat the fear that God is not the kind of God who really wants to be good to us—
- That he is not really generous and helpful and kind and tender, but is basically irked with us—ill-disposed and angry.
Sometimes, even if we believe in our heads that God is good to us, we may feel in our hearts that his goodness is somehow forced or constrained, perhaps like a judge who has been maneuvered by a clever attorney into a corner on some technicality of court proceeding, so he has to dismiss the charges against the prisoner whom he really would rather send to jail. But Jesus is at pains to help us not to feel that way about God.
He is striving in this verse to describe for us the indescribable worth and excellency of God’s soul by showing the unbridled pleasure he takes in giving us the kingdom. “Fear not, little flock, for it is your Father’s pleasure to give you the kingdom.” Luke 12:32
Every little word of this stunning sentence is intended to help take away the fear that Jesus knows we struggle with: Namely, that God begrudges his benefits; that he is constrained and out of character when he does nice things; that at bottom he is angry and loves to vent his anger and that we are not really saved. This is an amazing statement about the GOODNESS OF GOD and His pleasure to give us His kingdom!
It’s about the kind of heart God has. It’s a verse about what makes God glad—not merely about what God will do or what he has to do, but what he delights to do, what he loves to do and takes pleasure in doing. Every word counts. “Fear not, little flock, for it is your Father’s pleasure to give you the kingdom”. Luke 12:32
Walk In the Pleasure of God