“But the fruit of the Spirit is…goodness…” Galatians 5:22 NIV
Taste and see that the Lord is good. Oh the joys of those who take refuge in him. Psalm 34:8 NLT
As I reflected on the goodness of God and how it relates to the fruit of the spirit I am reminded of Psalm 34:8 and its invitation to experience the goodness of God. But to be able to say that God is good, you must know Him.
Through our relationship with Him, we collect our own set of “God moments”. These moments are points in time where we have experienced God’s mercy and justice in our lives and received a divine benefit.
These instances are beyond the scope of what we control in our lives. They point to God’s sovereignty and deep love for us. And even when the outcome is not what we may have wanted, the evidence of our God moments leads us to proclaim that God is good.
One of my most treasured God moments was the gift of spending time with my Dad during the last 3 days of his life. He was placed in hospice care last October and through a generous gift from a family member, I was able to quickly fly out to California to help his wife care for him during the final days.
I will never forget that time and will be forever grateful that I was able to sit by his side. My heart ached so much while I was there but I can testify of God’s goodness during those sacred moments.
Producing this same kind of goodness in our own lives, the kind that displays the goodness of God similar to that seen in our “God moments”, can only be done through the power of the Holy Spirit. In our own strength, we can’t love like God does or act justly towards others as He does. But, through our relationship with Him and remaining close to Him, His goodness can flow through us to others.
Philippians 2:13 reminds us “For God is working in you, giving you the desire to obey Him and the power to do what pleases Him”. I am so grateful that God does not place an expectation on us that He has not equipped us to walk out. Our God fills us with His spirit. He fills us with Himself. It’s His power and His spirit that are at work within us.
So let us commit to tasting and seeing that God is good. Let us reflect on the God moments in our own lives — and in turn, let us remain connected to Him through relationship and trust. It is through our connection and trust in Him that all of his goodness can flow through every part of our lives.