David once asked the Lord a legitimate question: “Who will show us any good?” So often our spiritual vision is clouded by the natural realm because what we experience in this world feels so real. And yet, in the true reality of God’s Kingdom the dead are alive, the sick are healed, the lame walk, the blind see, the brokenhearted rejoice, the enemy has been defeated and there is no more suffering or pain. Is that a “someday” thing? Is God’s reality only in existence in heaven? No! God’s reality isn’t on pause and God’s reality exists right here, and right now. So why don’t you see it or experience it? That is what David wanted to know too when he cried out to the Lord, “Who will show us any good?”
Remember that life isn’t “good” and you’ve never been promised it would be. Only GOD is good. But you have been promised that His “goodness and mercy will follow you all the days of your life” as you “dwell in the house of the Lord forever.” (Psalm 23:6) In this world you will have tribulations, but “be of good cheer” Jesus said. “I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33) LORD, WHO WILL SHOW US ANY GOOD? Our heavenly Father doesn’t define anything the way we do and it’s not our job to rage against the definitions that life tries to impose on us, but instead to redefine what we experience according to how the Lord defines things. God’s definitions are laid out in His Word and are expanded, explained and enforced by the power of His Holy Spirit. His definitions of things like life, death, sin, judgement, power, sickness, good, bad, justice, righteousness and faith look nothing like the world would try to convince you they are. Whose report will you believe?
While the rest of the world searches for “good”, David searched for GOD, who is good.
David cried out, “Who will show us any good” in this world? “Who will show us any good” in all this bad? “Who will show us any good” in all this sickness? “Who will show us any good” in this divorce? “Who will show us any good” in this loneliness? “Who will show us any good” in this addiction? “Who will show us any good” in this pain? “Who will show us any good” in this injustice? While the rest of the world searches for “good”, David searched for GOD, who is good. “Lift up the light of Your face over us. You have placed gladness in my heart that is better than when their corn and their new wine abound,” he wrote. (Psalm 4:6-7) God will illuminate the good that is all around you and in you, because of Him and because of your faith in Him – if you have eyes to see, ears to hear and a heart set to understand.
“Who will show us any good?” GOD WILL. But you’ll need to use His definitions to interpret what you see. Paul wrote, “What if some do not believe? Would their unbelief nullify the faithfulness of God? God forbid! Let God be true, and every man a liar.” (Romans 3:3)
Thought for today
Forget what “good” looks like to everyone else. Search for GOD who is good. Ask Him to replace and redefine your ideas, perspectives and thoughts on even the worst case scenarios in your life. Remember this: If all you ever look for or anticipate in your life is the bad, that is all you will ever experience or see. Intentionally focus in on what is good. Intentionally turn your eyes away from what is negative, the failures, the bad, the troubles. Are they still there? Probably. But you don’t have to look at them if you don’t want to. God wants to show you His good even in the midst of what your natural mind has defined as “bad”. Search out the good. Praise and thank the Lord for it. Lean into it. Strengthen what’s good. Satan’s strategy is to keep you so focused on the natural limitations that we create limitations in the supernatural and put ourselves in the way of the miracles that God is trying to do. GOD IS GOOD. Ask Him to show you the GOOD and then turn your eyes to see it.