The Goodness of God as the Fount of Faith

I have been working through Andrew Murray’s booklet, Waiting on God, the past week or so and have found myself wanting. How often do I make plans with no reference to their eternal value and return? How often do I run, when I should sit first? How often do we think that merely because God is omnipresent, do we go about our day without having contemplated the ever-present care of God in our daily tasks?

Murray writes:

“What is needed to help us to such a life is just one thing: the real knowledge and faith of God as the one only source of wisdom and  goodness, as ever ready, and longing much to be to us all that we can possibly require–yes! this is the one thing we need. If we but saw our God in His love, if we but believed that He waits to be gracious, that He waits to be our life and to work all in us,–how this waiting on God would become our highest joy, the natural and spontaneous response of our hearts to His great love and glory!”

Pertinent to our day is the reminder that God is GOOD. In most circles it is not scandalous to say that God is in control of everything. Yet, when life smacks us with difficulties. . .when we find that we are on a treadmill of faith (not seeming to gain traction in sanctification). . .when we are confronted by our sin or someone else’s sin. . .we forget that God is good in this collision. We acknowledge that he is in control, but we doubt that his purposes are good for us. Too often we content ourselves with distant promises that he is woking all things for our good, but we have not entered into the truth that he is currently working all things together for good. He is not cleaning up messes. He often-times is making the messes in our lives so that we will say with Peter, “Where else shall we go?”

Joy is birthed from our contemplation and embrace of God’s goodness.

Once we understand God is good, then faith overflows. God is not quick to scoff at you. Nor is he quick to pull the trigger of his anger. Unlike us, his switch is not easily flipped, nor his patience exhausted. He bears with our impudence and insolence.

What is more, when we grasp the lengths at which he went to redeem those who were yet thumbing their noses as him, we must be overcome with a confidence not easily shaken. He did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all, how will he not give us all things needful for us?

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