• Preacher’s Corner: Goodness of God leads to repentance

    By Todd Lackey, New Rivers International -

    Often in life, we cannot grab hold of the things that God has for us because we do not believe Him. Yet, even God, in His goodness, will do things to stretch our faith and open the door to where we can receive from Him.

    Jesus, on the cross said, “It is finished,” yet His work has not stopped there. He today sits at the right hand of the Father interceding on your behalf. Do you have things you are struggling with, and maybe do not have faith for which to believe? Do not beat yourself up over it…and do not quit yet.

    The church has preached this verse in Romans 2:4 on the goodness of God as though it is solely meant for the lost. Yet, if we dig into the letter, we find Romans is written by Paul to the church at Rome. From there, we find that all scripture is given to grow us, His people, His church. So this verse is for you and me, as born-again believers. Today, we must recognize God desires to be good to you and, and to woo us and draw us nearer to Himself.

    Throughout His word, He keeps the thread of this fact. The verse, 2 Samuel 14:14, is an example where He is devising ways to bring His people back to Himself. The verse says, “For we must needs die, and are as water spilt on the ground, which cannot be gathered up again; neither doth God respect any person: yet doth he devise means, that his banished be not expelled from him.”

    He loves you, and He desires to be in relationship with you. He desires to bless you. He desires to heal you. He desires to prosper you. He desires to do good things in your life. His promises are yes and amen.

    In 2 Kings, chapter 4, we find two women greatly blessed by God. The first gets supernatural oil that sustains her and her sons from that point on. The second, maybe my favorite Bible story, is about the Shunamite woman who has a son given to her in her old age. The son dies, but then later this son is restored to life. This Shunamite woman actually answered “nay” in disbelief when she was first promised a son. Then, once she received the promised son, she stood in faith with her confession, “It is well,” when the child had died. Because of her stand on the promises of God’s faithfulness, she received her son back to life.

    You today may struggle, going through things you don’t understand. You may be questioning why. You may doubt God. You may be wondering where you missed it. Let me encourage you, we have all missed it, and we have all messed up, yet He is still faithful. He still cares for you. Yes, He is still devising ways to bring you back, to restore you. He is looking for the places in your life to expose His goodness to you. He still cares for you.

    And while you wait upon Him to show Himself mighty in your life, take some time to dig into your Bible. Romans 10:17 tells us, “Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God.” You take time to grow your faith, and let God take care of the problems you are facing.

    Here are a couple verses of Gods faithfulness to the Israelites and of His promises.

    • Romans 2:11 declares, “He is no respecter of persons. What He did for them He will do for you.”

    • Proverbs 4:20-22 says, “My son, attend to my words; incline thine ear unto my sayings. Let them not depart from thine eyes; keep them in the midst of thine heart. For they are life unto those that find them, and health to all their flesh.”

    • Exodus 23:25 says, “And ye shall serve the Lord your God, and he shall bless thy bread, and thy water; and I will take sickness away from the midst of thee.”

    • Psalm 105:37 says, “He brought them forth also with silver and gold: and there was not one feeble person among their tribes.”

    Todd Lackey is pastor of New Rivers International in Lebanon. Email him at [email protected] Preacher’s Corner features a new local preacher each month writing a column. 

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