Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever (Psalm 23:6).
It is important for us to grasp the fact that no matter what happens in our lives or the lives of those around us, God is good. Unfortunately, many Believers question God’s goodness when they experience adversity. They forget they have an adversary, the devil, who is focused on trying to hurt God by hurting His children. When the enemy attempts to bring trouble into your life, it is not about you. The issue is he knows he is doomed and he is furious about it. He cannot stand the fact that God loves us so much.
Just as we hate it when our own children come under attack, God hates it when His children are attacked by the enemy. First Chronicles 16:21,22 says, “He suffered no man to do them wrong: yea, he reproved kings for their sakes, Saying touch not mine anointed, and do my prophets no harm.” While God’s will is that we do not suffer harm, He expects for us to learn about the authority He has given us and use it to do something about our problems. When our children face bullies, our initial response might be to go to the school to talk to the teacher and the bully’s parents on behalf of our children because of their immaturity or inexperience with this type of problem. However, after that initial response, we may choose to encourage our children to stand up for themselves when they are taunted.
Mom and Dad have given Johnny the power to fight back, but it is up to Johnny to use that power. Even though Mom and Dad are backing him up, Johnny has also been given some responsibility in the situation. Similarly, we cannot be lazy Christians who barely attend church, not fast and pray, fail to take time to read the bible and make daily confessions, and then question His goodness when things do not work out in our lives. First Chronicles 16:34 tells us God is good and His mercy (unmerited favor) endures forever. God’s goodness and mercy will follow you everywhere you go, and just as David’s faith in His goodness empowered him to kill a giant with a small stone, your faith in God’s goodness and mercy will help you slay the giants in your life.