It’s all too easy for us to develop a skewed perspective of God. For some of us, we struggle with seeing God as a cosmic cop. We think He’s constantly waiting to catch us doing something wrong and to punish us for it.
But what if we saw God through the lens of His goodness? What if we really believed the words of Psalm 84:11, “For the Lord God is a sun and shield; The Lord gives grace and glory; No good thing does He withhold from those who walk uprightly.” God is good. Truly good. And He longs to bless us with good things. But maybe you’re reading this and thinking, “Chip, sure, God is good to you. But I’m not sure that the same applies to me.” Maybe you’re even at a place so dark that it feels like God hates you. Well, I have good news.
First of all, one of the most quoted verses in Scripture still rings true: “For God so LOVED the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3:16, NIV). That’s the opposite of hate. God loves you enough to send His Son for you. Secondly, He doesn’t just love you – He LIKES you. Have you ever considered that? God sees us through the lens of His goodness. This means He sees the best in you and desires to give His best to you. So imagine how transformative it would be if we returned the favor and chose to see the good in Him.
Take a moment to watch this message excerpt to learn more about shaping your view of God around His goodness.
To find out more about the goodness of God, check out our series entitled The Real God.
Founder & Teaching Pastor, Living on the Edge
Chip Ingram is the senior pastor of Venture Christian Church in Los Gatos, California, and teaching pastor and president of Living on the Edge, an international teaching and discipleship ministry. A pastor for over thirty years, Chip has a unique ability to communicate truth and challenge people to live out their faith. He is the author of many books, including "The Real God," "Culture Shock" and "The Real Heaven." Chip and his wife, Theresa, have four grown children and eleven grandchildren and live in California.More Articles by Chip