God Wants to Do You Good

And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. ~ Gen. 1:31

God wants to do you good, did you know that? From Genesis to Revelation, the Bible is the story of God’s goodness to and on behalf of His people. Think about it. His story opens with creation … when He declared everything He had made as ‘very good’.  And out of the ground made the LORD God to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight, and good for food … And the gold of that land is good: there is bdellium and the onyx stone (Gen. 2:9, 12). It’s for certain that Adam really didn’t need gold, onyx or pearls, but God knew mankind would eventually require the riches of the earth – oil, timber, land, ore, etc. He planned ahead to bless the generations, to provide everything we would ever need for our good.

Why did God spend so much time on creation, taking an entire day to craft each element of earth’s regeneration? Because He wanted it to be perfect for His family! He wanted it to be ‘good’, like earthly parents designing a nursery for a new baby. He wanted His kids to smile when they saw all the goodness He had prepared for them.

Have you ever walked through your house or apartment, taking the time to notice the details – books and pretties, comfortable furniture and the colors you enjoy? Doesn’t it make you feel wonderful to know you have a home that blesses you? I’m so grateful to have an amazing, peaceful, joy-filled place to live. (Of course, it’s taken Ed and me almost 40 years to get it that way!)

My yard is like that, too. I feel so blessed to sit on the deck, enjoying the birds and flowers. I have angels in my garden, tall ones and tiny ones, tucked into borders and beds so every view includes a reminder of God’s presence. I’ve also got fun statues, like herons and pelicans, frogs and bunnies – whatever caught my eye over the years, to add to the whimsy and enjoyment of our garden.

God created a perfect garden home for His family, full of all the goodness He could provide. Can you imagine the landscaping, the beauty and peace of Eden? Then He gave it to Adam. God wanted to do him good.

And the LORD God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him. (Gen. 2:18).  God knew about lonely. He wanted a family, so He recognized that Adam needed companionship also. He wanted man to be fulfilled, so He made woman, a helper, meet or appropriate, for intimacy and fellowship.

And if that wasn’t enough, God ‘blessed His new family, saying, be fruitful, and multiply …’ (Gen. 1:22). What happened when God said, “Let there be light?” Light was! His spoken words have power. BE fruitful! Multiply! He ordained our blessing – yours and mine – from the very beginning. He wanted to do us good!

Whatever man needed was covered under that command. He didn’t just say ‘you’ll have enough to get by’. He wanted goodness to multiply – enough to fulfill the promise He made to Abraham, “You’ll be blessed so much that you can be a blessing to the world.” You can’t bless anyone else until you have more than enough. The goodness in your life should multiply, according to His Word.

Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning (James 1:17). God knows how to give good gifts to His kids. Every good thing that blesses your life is from His heavenly store. But the greatest gift ever was His Son. ‘For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son.’ Jesus is the ultimate proof that God wants to do you good.

Hebrews 9:11-12 tells us Christ came as a high priest ‘of good things to come’, and ‘by his own blood’ obtained our eternal redemption. What does a priest do? He ministers to His people. He meets their needs. His heart is to do good to and for His congregation. As high priest, Jesus intercedes for you continually, assuring that your sins are forgiven and you have access to your heavenly promises. Let’s take a look at some of them.

Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed (1 Peter 2:24). Jesus death and resurrection was the transfer point. God sees you resurrected in Christ. Therefore, you have all the benefits of that resurrection: righteousness instead of sin and guilt, healing instead of sickness, weakness, pain and infirmity. Notice, as far as God is concerned, healing is past-tense, already accomplished. If you’ll believe it and receive it as truth, God’s restoration power will release it into your life.

God chooses to credit Jesus’ victory and authority to every person who accepts His Son as Savior and LORD. Nothing you have ever done or could ever do can negate His great goodness, love and forgiveness. And nothing you have ever done or could do is sufficient to earn it. Therefore it is of faith, that it might be by grace; [so that] the promise might be sure to all the seed (Rom. 4:16). Why? Because He wants to do you good! He doesn’t want you to work for it; He wants you to receive it and be grateful.

For ye know the grace of our LORD Jesus Christ, that, though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, that ye through his poverty might be rich (2 Cor. 8:9). In addition to taking all the sin and sickness of the world into His body, He also restored financial blessing to mankind. Jesus wants you to be RICH – why? So you can help fulfill the promise God made to Abraham, “You’ll be blessed so much that you can BE a blessing!” … it is He that giveth thee power to get wealth, that He may establish His covenant … (Deut. 8:18).

Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom (Luke 12:32). We – you and me – can claim our citizenship in heaven. The Bible says God hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus (Eph. 2:6). You don’t have to stand outside the gates and yell, hoping God will hear you. You’re in the same room with Him! Colossians says Christ sits on God’s right hand (v. 3:1) … so you’ve got to be pretty darned close to His throne! It’s a spiritual position of authority – God appointed you as a king and priest, an Ambassador on His behalf.

According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world … Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will … (Eph. 4:4-5). When the President appoints an ambassador, the government meets every need of that person for the length of their term. Well, God appointed you – and wants to meet your every need while you’re assigned (deployed) here on earth.

‘… God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus (Phil. 4:19). He’s made the riches of heaven, His’ riches in glory’, available to you through faith. He wants to do you good! He calls you His heir, a joint heir with Christ. You are a beneficiary of the wealthiest, most powerful, wisest, Almighty God! He named you in His will. Every promise in the New Testament is yours.

There are dozens more verses that detail God’s goodness for His people

  • God … worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure. ~ Phil. 2:13
  • God … hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ: ~ Eph. 1:3
  • … all things work together for good to them that love God ~ Rom. 8:28
  • In my Father’s house are many mansions: … I go to prepare a place for you. ~ John 14:2
  • Yea, I will rejoice over them to do them good … ~ Jer. 32:41
  • The LORD is good, a strong hold in the day of trouble; and he knoweth them that trust in him. ~ Nahum 1:7
  • The LORD is good to all: and his tender mercies are over all his works. ~ Ps. 145:9
  • Yea, the LORD shall give that which is good; and our land shall yield her increase. ~ Ps. 85:12
  • … God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work ~ 2 Cor. 9:8

A favorite verse comes from the 23rd Psalm – perhaps the most read passage in the Bible. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever (Ps. 23:6). God has declared goodness and mercy over your life. Nothing you face or fear has the power to defeat the promises made to you by God if you with accept His Word as Truth and stand on it by faith.

Do you remember the hymn, “God is good, all the time, All the time, God is good”? It’s important to keep that in your consciousness. It will help you stay focused on the important components of your life and release the fear and frustration that you know are not consistent with the promises in His Word.

My mother used to tell me, “If it’s not good, it’s not God.” That was her way of saying, “Don’t sweat the small stuff; it’s ALL small stuff!” If you can keep your negative thoughts and emotions from running your life, it will be easier to trust God to walk you through the challenges.

Every day, all the time, God seeks to bless, protect and provide for you. Riches and wealth, health and strength, wisdom and mercy are yours for the simple reason that God wants to do you good.

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