“Oh, that men would give thanks to the Lord for His goodness, and for His wonderful works to the children of men!
For He satisfies the longing soul, and fills the hungry soul with goodness.” – Psalm 107:8-9 (NKJV)
A friend recently got me hooked on a song by Josh Baldwin called “Evidence.” It speaks of the evidence of God’s goodness which is at work all around us. As I’ve been meditating on the words of this song and the ways I’ve seen God’s goodness in my life this past year, God has filled my heart with joy, peace, and steadfast resolve.
I wish I could say that my immediate and extended family have remained untouched by the vicious virus and sobering events ravaging our country. Unfortunately, that would not be true. We’re suffering along with everyone else. But in the midst of it all, our hearts still beat, there is breath in our lungs, a roof over our heads, clothes on our backs, and food on the table.
Greater than these earthly provisions are the spiritual provisions that cannot be stolen by the devastation in our world. In fact, for those who choose to see God’s goodness, the devastation we’re experiencing only serves to enhance, solidify, and increase our spiritual inheritance. Nothing we endure surprises or overtakes our Savior. God is on His throne. He is above all, in all, and working through it all.
This year has lived up to its name. I now see with “2020 Vision.” But along with clear vision comes the harsh reality of seeing impurities, flaws, dirt that went unnoticed before. For me, this year of “2020 Vision” has been a gift. It has opened my eyes to my desperate need for the redeeming work of Jesus Christ. It has exposed sin that I needed to address and has cultivated a repentant spirit within me. God’s forgiveness of my sin through the death of His Son Jesus and the sanctifying work of the Holy Spirit in my life will continue to be the greatest evidence of His goodness to me.
He has been my refuge…a covering over me…a firm foundation. Over and over again, His perfect love has driven out any fear that has threatened to overtake my heart.
Friend, I challenge you this Thanksgiving to look for evidence of God’s goodness in your life. It’s there. Ask Him to give you eyes to see Him, His mercy, His unfailing love, and His provision for you both here on earth and in the Kingdom to come.