In an earlier post, I wrote about wrestling with God. During this time, I was also wresting with my faith, questioning my own faith and whether this is all worth it? It’s crazy how our current circumstances can really affect our faith. We go through and experience temporary situations that will really make us question God’s nature and our faith – whether our beliefs are genuine or not.
I was praying and crying out to God and I was led to Hebrews 11. A famous chapter in the Bible which I call the Hall of Faith (like the Hall of Fame but with the heroes and champions of faith within Christianity). My Bible (NLT version) names this chapter “Great Examples of Faith” which is exactly it is! This chapter lists out some (not all, otherwise there would be no space!) of the heroes and a little of their circumstance.
There one that struck me the most is Abraham. The grandaddy of the faith. Verse 8 says, “It was by faith that Abraham obeyed when God called him to leave home and go to another land that God would give him as his inheritance. He went without knowing where he was going.” Abraham went where God was calling and HE DIDN’T KNOW WHERE HE WAS GOING! But he had so much trust and confidence that he left home. He left where was comfortable and safe to go into the unknown.
This encourages me because like Abraham, I know God has called me to go somewhere I don’t know about. I am not the first or the last to go through this! Verse 13 mentions how these people died still believing what God promised them. Some of them never saw what God promised them but still believed. How frickin’ awesome is that? #REALGOALS. God promised Abraham that he’d have descendants as numerous as the stars. Did Abraham meet them? No! But he STILL believed! And because of his faith, he was counted righteous before God. Our faith determines how well we walk through this life.
When it comes to “the unknown” or the aspects of your life that you want to control (desperately) but can’t because you don’t know what’s going on, its easy for me to say “just surrender to God” or “let go and let God” *rolls eyes*. But as people of faith, we can say it is genuinely difficult to ‘surrender’. It’s natural to want control, right? One thing that helps me to relinquish control is reminding myself that God is good.
It is in His nature to be good. He cannot be anything else. He can’t be bad. It’s impossible. So if God is good and He is a good Father, then would He not want only good for me? If He’s leading me to a place unknown, then surely it must be good? It must be better than where I am now? Psalm 100:5 (NIV) says, “For the LORD is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations.” God is good. This makes me trust Him more. How can I distrust someone who is supernaturally good?
God. Is. Good. This alone is a basis I can rest my faith on.
Beloved, what steps can you take to make sure you have faith that moves mountains?
Some Bible verses to meditate on the goodness of God (copied from the page):
All that God is and does is good.
“You are good, and what you do is good; teach me your decrees” ( ).
God’s goodness and love last forever.
“Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever” ( ).
God is good to everyone.
“The LORD is good to all; he has compassion on all he has made” ( ).
God has goodness stored up for us.
“How abundant are the good things that you have stored up for those who fear you, that you bestow in the sight of all, on those who take refuge in you” ( ).
Everything from God is good.
“For everything God created is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving” ( ).
All things that are good are from God.
“Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows” ( ).
God alone is Good
“Just then a man came up to Jesus and asked, ‘Teacher, what good thing must I do to get eternal life?’ ‘Why do you ask me about what is good?’ Jesus replied. ‘There is only One who is good. If you want to enter life, keep the commandments'” ( ).
“For the LORD God is a sun and shield; the LORD bestows favor and honor; no good thing does he withhold from those whose walk is blameless” ().
We are blessed through God’s goodness.
“Taste and see that the LORD is good; blessed is the man who takes refuge in him” ( ).
Goodness can come from all circumstances.
“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” ( ).
His goodness leads to repentance.
“His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness” ( ).
“Or do you despise the riches of His goodness, forbearance, and longsuffering, not knowing that the goodness of God leads you to repentance?” (, NKJV)
God’s goodness is our shelter
“Taste and see that the LORD is good; blessed is the one who takes refuge in him” ( ).