I’m going to be honest. I had a difficult time writing the title of this post, because I struggle to believe it myself. However, I write in order to encourage and to spread God’s truth. Regardless of whether I always feel it or not, God desires good for me. He desires good for you.
Let me ask you this: how far does your faith go? This isn’t to guilt you. We have to look at ourselves in order to grow closer to God—in order to know Him more.
“You have searched me, Lord, and you know me. You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar. You discern my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with all my ways.”
Psalm 139:1-3 NIV
God knows you, and He knows the extent of your faith. He’s not shocked if you doubt his goodness. He knows your every thought. Maybe you know you’re saved. You know Jesus lived the perfect life, died, and rose again so that you could be made righteous in the eyes of a Holy God. Yet, inside you know you aren’t living out this faith. There is a yearning for more. If this is the case you aren’t alone. I believe many Christians wrestle with these thoughts and feelings.
This is partially because we are foreigners of this land.
“All these people were still living by faith when they died. They did not receive the things promised; they only saw them and welcomed them from a distance, admitting that they were foreigners and strangers on earth.”
Hebrews 11:13 NIV
We were created for heaven and that longing inside of us is for home. It’s easy to forget what our faith is pointing us to, so we try to fulfill ourselves with what cannot be found.
God delights in those who seek Him. Our faith helps us to believe in the unseen, satisfying that thirst we can’t quench elsewhere. We find that when we seek the Lord, there is direction. We aren’t wandering aimlessly and hopelessly throughout this life until we get to the next.
“And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.”
Hebrews 11:6 NIV
Do you believe that God wants to reward you just because you seek after His face? Or do you kinda just shoot off prayers into the dark with your fingers crossed, hoping that maybe he will hear you? God desires to be known by us. He wants a relationship. Like a good Father, He wants to love you.
“If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!”
Matthew 7:11 NIV
If we as sinful humans can show others goodness, why wouldn’t the Lord of all creation want to demonstrate the same towards us? Start believing that God desires good for you today!