Monday, July 30, 2018

Seeing God's Goodness "Now"

“I remain confident of this: 
I will see the goodness of the Lord 
in the land of the living”  (Psalm 27:13).

It was morning as I awakened. Fear was grabbing at me. I recited this verse as translated in my well worn RSV Bible. 
“I believe that I shall see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living!” 
Then my recitation became,“I do see the goodness of the Lord in this land where I live.” 
Unexpectedly, the Holy Spirit turned my words in the moments of  this experience, reminding me that God’s goodness is ever current. It is now. It is not something I will only find in the future as I tough life out in the present.
All but one of the Apostles scattered in fear and disbelieve when Jesus was crucified and died.  They could not see goodness without his literally being with them.  
They came to discover that Jesus would be with them in deeper ways as they became empowered by God’s own Spirit. 
Because of Christ’s greatest self sacrifice, we also can carry his Holy Spirit deep within. 
When in times of crisis that overwhelm us we need not hold onto fear, but remember we hold within the One who overcame for us. 
We can experience the goodness of the Lord in the land where we are living right now.

Seeing clearly as I turn inward, we dwell together and together we overcome.

from “Feathered Whispers from God’s Heart”

Lynn L. Severance