Pastor Kevin Manning : God is Good All the Time – What are You?

Light Breaks Through · 40:08 · Recorded December 11, 2016

God Is Good All The Time – What Are You?

The goodness of God – What it means

The goodness of God is one of the attributes of God, as well as a description of His very essence. God, by nature, is inherently good.

Psalm 34:8 (NIV) Taste and see that the LORD is good; blessed is the one who takes refuge in him.

He is the foundation of goodness and of everything good – He did not obtain it from another source. People can have good traits or do good deeds, but goodness is not in our character. Our goodness comes from God.

The goodness of God – What it does

The goodness of God is evident in all His creations and accomplishments.

Genesis 1:31 (NIV) God saw all that he had made, and it was very good…

We cannot earn and do not merit His goodness. It is available to us regardless of our status in life, and even though we are not worthy of it.

Matthew 5:45 (NIV) “He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous.”

Psalm 145:9 (NIV) “The LORD is good to all; he has compassion on all he has made.”

See Matthew 20:1-6 The Farmer and The Workers

What makes it good for me?

1. God’s goodness is the perfect model for us.

Psalm 52:1 (KJV) The goodness of God endures continually.

Psalm 25:8 (KJV) Good and upright is the LORD.

Psalm 100:5 (KJV) For the LORD is good.

Psalm 106:1 (KJV) Praise the LORD! Oh, give thanks to the LORD, for He is good!

Psalm 119:68 (NIV) You are good, and what you do is good; teach me your decrees.

2. It assures us that God’s purpose for us is good.

James 1:17 (NIV) Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.

Romans 8:28 (NIV) And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.

3. It offers us security and encouragement.

Psalm 52:1 (KJV) The goodness of God endures continually.

4. It draws us to God through both his Life and Death.

Luke 2:8-11 (NLT) That night there were shepherds staying in the fields nearby, guarding their flocks of sheep. Suddenly, an angel of the Lord appeared among them, and the radiance of the Lord’s glory surrounded them. They were terrified, but the angel reassured them. “Don’t be afraid!” he said. “I bring you good news that will bring great joy to all people. The Savior – yes, the Messiah, the Lord – has been born today in Bethlehem, the city of David!”

John 12:32 (NIV) “But I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all men to myself.”

Philippians 1:6 (NLT) And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns.

Study & Discussion Questions
  • How would you explain to someone who doesn’t know God that he is “inherently good”? Discuss in your group the facts you know about this – he was not created, he does not change, etc. Compare these to facts about humanity. What does it mean to you that “goodness is not in our character” and what can you do about that?

  • What do you see around you that is good? (See Genesis 1:31) How do you feel about God’s goodness being for everyone? (See Matthew 5:45 & Psalm 145:9) What might be God’s reason for acting in this way? Do you agree with that? In all circumstances? Why or why not?

  • Read the parable of The Farmer and the Workers in Matthew 20. Do you ever get frustrated that life isn’t fair? We learn from this parable that God’s grace & mercy transcend all human ideas of fairness. How do you feel about new believers getting the same benefits as you in the kingdom? Would you recommend that people wait until just before they die to come to Christ, so that they won’t have to work so hard or give up so much? Why? Do you ever envy God’s blessing on others? Why?

  • Where in your life right now is God’s goodness most evident to you? What have you done (or will you do) in response to that? Have you shared your story with someone who doesn’t know him? Many people have misconceptions about who God is. Your story of God’s goodness in your life could be just what they need to discover him for themselves. Who will you share with this week?

  • Every day this week, read Romans 8:28 as a family. Talk about how God works for the good of those who love him. It doesn’t say for those who are perfect or for those who always make the right choices or… Help your children see that when they love him daily he will take even bad or wrong choices and use them to help us grow. When we ask for his help in making wise choices he always comes through! Share an example from your own life of how God has worked things for good. Show them that this doesn’t mean life is always easy, but it does mean we can rely on the fact that God is working!

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