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How Great Is Thy Goodness!"
Pastor Don Fortner
nor pen can ever tell the great goodness of our God. The best we can
do is to observe and declare that which is upon the surface of experience
and the marrow of Revelation. But, to declare the essence of God's
goodness would be to declare the essence of God himself, and that
cannot be done. Yet, I know this - Goodness is that which God laid
up for his people in eternity in the purpose of his grace and that
which he has wrought, is working, and shall work for his people before
the sons of men.
laid up goodness for his elect in Christ in his eternal purpose of
grace (Eph. 1:3). Before the worlds were made, God bestowed every
blessing of his grace upon every sinner who shall ever trust his Son.
Name something good, truly good, whatever it is, it is the property
of every believer. Election, redemption, adoption, forgiveness, justification,
preservation, eternal life, these and all other good things have been
given to God's elect in Christ from eternity. And, in eternal predestination,
God mapped the course by which all the goodness of his grace must
come to his elect.
has wrought goodness for us throughout the days of our lives (Rom.
8:28). As I write these lines, I have many friends who are suffering
great, heavy trials, sickness, bereavement, wayward children, unfaithful
companions, slander, etc. How can we say that these afflictions of
God's providence are works of goodness?
We believe God!
We interpret the events of our lives by the Word of God. We never
interpret the Word of God by the events of our lives. We read the
Book of Divine Providence through the light of the Book of Divine
Revelation. And we know that "all things are of God." If
all things are of God, they must be good in their ultimate end, because
God is good. Looking back over the pages of our lives, God's people
are made to realize that in all things the Lord has wrought goodness
God shall work his goodness in us before the sons of men. I do not
know how he will do it, but in the last day, when God spreads the
trophies of his grace before wondering worlds, throughout eternity
the Lord will cause his enemies and ours to see the works of his goodness