A God of Extremes #5
I included God’s goodness in my last post but, in the light of my mother’s passing last week, I am compelled say more. Reflections on Mom’s life reminded me anew that God is extremely good.
I have long loved Psalm 31:19—How great is your goodness, which you have stored up for those who fear you, which you bestow… on those who take refuge in you.
God’s goodness is so vast He has it stored up, ready to share with us. This is no meager blessing. God is not a stingy giver. As with everything about Him, God’s goodness is abundant, extreme. He is good and what He does is good (Ps. 119:68).
Our reflections on our mother’s life included remembering the hard times—those when she suffered and those when she made poor choices and those when her rebellious heart worried us. But, through it all, in spite of it all, God’s extreme goodness followed her, just as it follows us. Every time we turn around, there it is—God’s goodness in pursuit of us.
Surely your goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life,
and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever. Psalm 23:6
Many families will sit around their Thanksgiving table and name what they are especially thankful for this year. Each of those blessings, named and unnamed, comes from God’s extreme goodness.