I doubt there’s an American over the age of 5 who isn’t familiar with the marketing slogan about the Energizer Bunny who keeps on going . . . and going . . . and going! Well today I want to talk about our Eternal Energizer. Did you know that God is so good that His promised good to His people keeps on going . . . and going . . . and going?
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)
When was the last time you thought about the goodness of God following you around day in and day out? If your honest answer sounds like mine (“Uh, I’m not sure”), this truth exposes the narrow-sighted view we have of the glorious Gospel and the unlimited bounty of God’s goodness toward broken sinners like you and me. This incredible truth about goodness following me all of my days seems to suggest that God’s amazing grace has nothing to do with me and everything to do with God. And I thank God for that!
Imagine for a moment the psalmist saying, “Surely God’s goodness will follow me all the days of my life . . . as long as I continue following my good God.” Changes everything doesn’t it? If my experience of God’s goodness is based on my “goodness,” then my experience of God’s goodness would be only as good as I am—and at times that is not all that good!
But the Gospel-saturated promise we receive from God is a guarantee of goodness apart from anything we think, do, or say. You might think it was too good to be true . . . if it wasn’t written down. You can be absolutely certain in your belief that God is good to us even when we are not good to Him. Marinate on this for a moment:
- When we have divided affections . . . God is good to us
- When we are consumed with selfish ambition . . . God is good to us
- When we are serving anything smaller than God . . . God is good to us
- When we are running in the opposite direction from God . . . God is good to us
- When we forget God in the details of life . . . God is good to us
By nature we find it easy to think about a God who would reward us with His goodness when we are good. But to think about a God who is still good to us when we are bad and are deserving only of His anger and displeasure is—well, in a word—unimaginable! Yet this is exactly what the Gospel does for everyone who believes it.
The good news is so breathtakingly good! God’s goodness flows to those who have not earned it and do not deserve it in any way. How freeing to know that our relationship with God is based on His faithfulness toward us and not our faithfulness toward Him.
The prophet Jeremiah echoed the psalmist when he gave us these words from God: “I [the Lord] will make an everlasting covenant with them: I will never stop doing good to them” (Jeremiah 32:40). To know that God’s goodness is always in hot pursuit of rebels on the run like you and me is as encouraging as it is empowering. It is the Gospel-fuel that lights the fire of our faith. If you have placed your trust in Christ for your eternal salvation, you can be utterly confident that God’s goodness and love will follow you all of your days . . . regardless of the circumstances we are currently facing—whether we face them with big faith, little faith, or even no faith at all! “If we are faithless, he will remain faithful, for he cannot disown himself” (2 Timothy 2:18).
May God give us the grace to embrace the truth that His goodness keeps on going . . . and going . . . and going!
This is the Gospel. This is grace for your race. NEVER FORGET THAT . . . AMEN!