In The Cure of Melancholy and Overmuch Sorrow, by Faith, Puritan Richard Baxter wrote that,
“God’s goodness is equal to His greatness.”
How much goodness might that be? Since King David said, “His greatness is unsearchable” (Ps. 145:3), God’s goodness must be beyond our ability to measure and, therefore, beyond our ability to comprehend or express. Yet God, in His goodness, gives us the ability to enjoy not only what we comprehend but much of which we are not even aware.
David had a lot to say about God’s goodness. Here is a precious sample that has many times encouraged me:
How great is Thy goodness,
Which Thou hast stored up for those who fear Thee,
Which Thou hast wrought for those who take refuge in Thee,
Before the sons of men!
Psalm 31:19, by King David
The Hebrew word translated “great” in this verse refers more to abundant space than to number. The goodness that God has treasured up for those who fear Him is “large, vast.” Not only has God stored it up; He has “wrought” it. He has made it. He initiates and takes the active role in its supply. His goodness toward us is His idea and His work.
God gives good gifts to all. He is so good that He gives good gifts even to His enemies. What a generous goodness!
While God is good to His enemies, to His own children He provides abounding goodness. Being large or vast, how much space might this storehouse of God’s goodness take up? How deep? How wide? How densely packed must it be? The supply would be inexhaustible. The value of this treasure is beyond calculation.
Look around at all of the colors, the hues and shades of colors. If the goodness God has color, how varied and vivid would its colors be?
Elsewhere, David said, “Oh taste and see that the Lord is good” (Ps. 34:8). How intense are its flavors? How rich and richly packed with nutrients it is such that it totally satisfies he who tastes of it. How potent is its effect upon the recipient?
Are you going through a tough time? Think about what kind of Person would go to such efforts as to make and store up an over-abundance of goodness for another. Furthermore, He stores it up for one (you or me) who is undeserving of it. We don’t earn it. We can’t earn it. That is impossible. God initiates. He makes it, stores it, and delivers it purely out of His goodness and grace.
If you fear the Lord, if you are one who takes refuge in Him, if you are a follower of Jesus, then the Lord has a treasure of goodness for you. According the Bible God has an immeasurable amount, an inestimable store, an inexhaustible supply, an infinite vastness, a fully satisfying banquet, an invaluable treasure, an incalculable value of goodness stored up for you.
- How does the vastness and value of God’s goodness compare with your present trial?
- In what ways is God doing good to you now? Do you find it satisfying?
- What difference could this truth make in your life today? How might you apply it?