At the beginning of each new year, I like to reflect on this verse. A year is made up of months, weeks, days, hours, minutes and seconds. This verse tells us that God surrounds the year with His goodness and also bestows His goodness upon the year. So it gives me comfort and joy to know that regardless of what a day may bring, regardless of how the month may go, no matter what may happen this minute, I can trust that His goodness will be there for me-- that He will be there for me. His goodness is not separate from who He is, it is Him. He is good!
When things get bad, I can trust in and rely upon His goodness to carry me through. When things don't go according to planned, I can know that because He is good He can work al things together for my good. When all evil is coming against me, I can rest assured that He will be with me giving me strength to endure and power to overcome. I can rest assured that He will fight the battles for me. When confusion tries to come, when sickness hits my body, when pain afflicts me, when grief takes hold of me, when sorrow tries to overwhelm me, when poverty knocks at my door, when betrayal hits home, when heartache encompasses me on every side, I can know and be confident that His goodness will be there for me. I don't have to fear, I don't have to give into to the onslaught of the enemy, I don't have to be destroyed, because He will defend me, He will meet every need I have, He will go before me, He will uphold me, and He will carry me if He needs to. How do I know this? How can I have this confidence? Read the verse again. Because we have a promise from the good God who does not lie, but is faithful as promised. I can also have this confidence because the word "fatness" also means "blessings". Wherever He is, so are His blessings. Where is He? With us. That is another promise He has made to us, to never leave us nor forsake us and to be with us even unto the end of the world.
From my family to yours- we wish you a very Happy New Year. May it be filled with wonderful blessings which come from the presence of this wonderful, faithful and good God who loves us so much.
Have a great day. God's goodness encompasses the year- every second of it.
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