“The Good Life”

 

Psalms 100

 

We all know of people who suffer from deteriorating health, financial reverses, and other troubles. How are we to process such situations in light of what the Scriptures teach about the Lord’s goodness and the expression of His benevolence towards us?

 

First, God’s character is perfect, and everything He does is right. Deuteronomy 32:4Deuteronomy 32:4
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4 Él es la Roca,a cuya obra es perfecta, porque todos sus caminos son rectos. Es un Dios de verdad y no hay maldad en él; es justo y recto.

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He is “compassionate and gracious … and abounding in lovingkindness” Psalms 103:8Psalms 103:8
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8 Misericordioso y clemente es Jehová; lento para la ira y grande en misericordia.f

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. By His very nature, God is good. Second, our heavenly Father expresses His goodness based on His purpose of conforming us to the image of Christ Romans 8:29Romans 8:29
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29 A los que antes conoció,a también los predestinób para que fueran hechos conformes a la imagen de su Hijo,c para que él sea el primogénito entre muchos hermanos.d

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. From the Lord’s perspective, everything that fits into His plan is beneficial for us.

 

The greatest demonstration of our Father’s goodness is seen in His Son’s life and death. Jesus left His heavenly home, took on the form of man, suffered, and died in our place so we might be forgiven Philippians 2:6-8Philippians 2:6-8
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6 Él, siendo en forma de Dios, no estimó el ser igual a Diosi como cosa a que aferrarse, 7 sino que se despojó a sí mismo,j tomó la forma de siervok y se hizo semejante a los hombres.l 8 Mas aún, hallándose en la condición de hombre, se humillóm a sí mismo, haciéndose obedienten hasta la muerte, y muerte de cruz.

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. Because of what our Savior endured, we who have trusted in Him are adopted into God’s family, and heaven is our eternal home.

 

At the time of Christ’s crucifixion, the disciples could not see anything beneficial in it. They knew only great sorrow. But we understand that God gave His own Son so that He might accomplish our salvation Romans 8:32Romans 8:32
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32 El que no escatimóf ni a su propio Hijo, sino que lo entregó por todos nosotros, ¿cómo no nos dará también con él todas las cosas?g

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Our definition of the good life would probably include material success, good health, and the absence of trouble things that make us happy right now. But God has an eternal perspective, and He always works to fulfill His long-term plan for us. We can trust in His goodness, even in dark times.