It’s Gotta Be Good!
Remember the band Chicago? I’ve included the link here to their website so that you can get reacquainted with them. When I was in high school, their music was a big hit (think romantic dance songs!), and my parents took some of my friends and me to see them in concert. We got the biggest kick out of my friend, Amy, because each time the band started a new song that night, she would excitedly exclaim, “Oh, this one is my favorite!” We all laughed so much as those words were repeated often throughout the two-hour music fest!
I sometimes feel like Amy when I repeat the words, “One of my favorite scriptural truths…” but this time, I mean it! I’ve got this scripture deeply rooted in my heart, and I cannot wait to share with you beautiful insight that just may change your life!
Which of you, if his 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 7:9-11)!
The words of the Lord are stated again in Luke’s gospel with clarification:
“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 the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him (Luke 11:13)!
I had a loving and good earthly father, but God qualifies His goodness with the words, how much more! Do you see what He attempts to instill into our hearts? He wants us to bank on the expectation that our God knows no limits. That is why in Scripture we find the words exceedingly abundantly. If you want to “be filled to the measure of the fullness of God,” then get ready (See Ephesians 3:19-20)! God has more for you, namely, Himself! Pray and ask Him for more of His Presence in your life!
I heard Pastor Ed Frost preach a message recently, and he began by telling the story of heading into Busch Gardens with his two-year old daughter beside him on the tram. She was so giddy with expectation, so he asked her if she knew where they were going. Her reply was priceless! She told her daddy, “Nope! I just know it’s good!”
Come on, people! That’s the heart of God’s children! We say, God, I may not understand what is ahead, but if You are leading me into it, then I know it is good, because You are good!
I once had a family member tell me that my running for a local election was something that was going to take me away from my family. What she didn’t understand is that I was walking obediently with the Lord as best I knew how. I didn’t want to make a bid for the school board seat, but I heard Him call me into it. Honestly, it was one of the hardest challenges of my life. I remember telling her that God did not call me into something to diminish me or my family, and I could trust Him.
What is your expectation when it comes to the goodness of God? Even though your current challenge is leading to somewhere unknown, do you trust Him that it is good?
Even if this trial hurts, do you still believe He is good and is working good through it?
If everything is beautifully clear in your life at this moment, do you still expect immeasurably more than you could ask or imagine?
Friend, I pray that you see yourself in the seat beside your good Daddy, bouncing with excitement and exclaiming, “This has gotta be good!”
Asking and believing,