Prepared For the Goodness of the Lord: Expect His Goodness
There is a scripture that ministers to me when I am in situations or circumstances that are uncontrollable from my relative position. The scripture in which I speak of is, Psalm 27:13…
“I had fainted, unless I had believed to see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living.” (KJV)
That is a scripture that speaks HOPE in volumes. If we focus on what is happening to us rather than what is happening for us, we will faint. Often the parable of Jesus cursing the fig tree comes to mind when the enemy launches out an all-around attack.
Matthew 21:18-22 (NIV 1984), ‘Early in the morning, as he was on his way back to the city, he was hungry. Seeing a fig tree by the road, he went up on it but found nothing on it except leaves. Then he said to it, “May you never bear fruit again!” Immediately the tree withered. When the disciples saw this, they were amazed. “How did the fig tree wither so quickly?” they asked. Jesus replied, “I tell you the truth, if you have faith and do not doubt, not only can you do what was done to the fig tree, but also you can say to the mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea, and it will be done. If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer.”’
As Children of the most High God we must begin to realize that we can and should expect the goodness of the Lord to happen for us. Once we realize that God is truly for us as Jesus did, then we are to focus on the will of God for our life, and exercise our faith toward how he we bring us out. Jesus spoke to the fig tree and told it that it would never bear figs again. This indicates that at some time the fig tree was bearing fruit. Jesus did not say nor investigate why it was not bearing fruit at this time, He simply made a decision because of the way the fig tree appeared to Him. Often we spend too much time investigating our situations and circumstances that are not in our favor instead of making a decision not to let it affect us nor bother us anymore. When you cease to allow it to bother you that is truly when you have prayed and given it to the Lord. Now! Notice Jesus spoke the end results to the fig tree, because when there are leaves on a tree there should be fruit, then He moved on. When the disciples noticed that the fig tree was dying, Jesus was able to teach them a valuable lesson on:
- Not doubting
- Not being deceived
- And receiving what you asked for in prayer.
These are essential tools that we should experience and should focus on in a time of waiting for the goodness of the Lord.
In this first verse of Psalm twenty-seven, David gave expression to his absolute confidence in God’s abiding love. “The Lord is my light and salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?”
Paul later on reveals this same assurance, expressing it in these terms:
“If God is for us, who can be against us?… Who can separate us from the love of God?… We are more than conquerors through him who loved us.” (Roman 8:31b; 35; 37)
Paul like David, understood that God would never turn His back on His people.
Yes, “false witnesses will rise up against me, breathing out violence. I am still confident of this; I will see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living.” (Psalm 27:12b – 13 NIV 1984)
The final verse of Psalm twenty seven sums up the situation “WAIT for the LORD; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord” and again I say, wait to see the goodness you have been prepared to see. Once God’s Goodness has been revealed, believe it, you deserve it, it is what you waited for, prayed for, believed for, and has spoken for. It is yours, rejoice and again I say rejoice.