"Oh how great is thy goodness, which thou hast laid up for them that fear thee; which thou hast wrought for them that trust in thee before the sons of men!" Psalm 31:19
It started pouring out of nowhere fifteen minutes before school let out. Ethan had no jacket and an impending 1 mile ride home on his scooter. My older son went to get him on his bike and was stuck in the sudden down pour. I called my son's cell phone and said, "Let me try and call around to see if I can find Ethan a ride. Then you can bike home quicker..." my other phone rang and it was my husband. I answered, "Let me call you back, I'm trying to work out a ride for Ethan. Little Dirk is on the other phone..." my husband interrupts and says, "I'm on my way home, I'm about fifteen minutes away." I tell you, my husband always has a 9-12 hour shift. Him being able to come home "early" (8 hour day), is a miracle. This is God's goodness.
God's goodness prevails and persists. Despite our trials and circumstances and our fluctuating faith, God's goodness never changes. His goodness awaits us not just in Heaven but on earth. God was working that whole day out for my family without any planning, foreknowledge, or utterance of prayer on our side of things. You see, the same way we plan, purchase, and package a gift for a loved one is the same thing that the Lord does concerning His goodness towards us. When we trust the Lord before the sons of men ABOVE everything/everyone else, He sees that, and takes it into account. He is a God of recompense and His reward is always in His hand.
Jesus tells us that we will have troubles, and surely we do. However, when we trust Him in those troubles, He arises and rewards such faith. The Lord loves us so well that He likes others to see the goodness He has for us revealed that they too would realize such goodness awaits them too.
This scripture says that God's goodness is being "laid up" or stored away and not just any "goodness" but intentional goodness. This scripture reveals that God is not just storing His goodness for opportune moments, but has "wrought" such things just for us that fear Him.
Wrought means to exert oneself for a purpose; to put forth effort for the attainment of an object; to labor. It means to do so systematically or habitually.
Linger with this truth:
The Creator of Heaven and Earth, the Sustainer of life Himself, is laboring, putting forth effort and exerting Himself for the goodness that He has uniquely created for each and every one of us that fears Him! He loves us so much, that He is putting all of Himself in the preparation, storing, and bestowing of His goodness- systematically and habitually. His imprint, His heart, and His devotion to us is all reflected in the goodness that is being laid up for us just so we can recognize such love and intention from Him as we experience it even in the sight of men on earth.
I encourage you, despite what you're going through, when I focus on God's goodness, I'm swept away into the eternity that has been placed in my heart. I am no longer fettered to the conditions that surround me as I realize the absolute love that comes from such a faithful God. God's goodness is abundant, great, enduring, satisfying and universal. His goodness is manifested in material blessings, like Daddy coming home early in time to give a ride in the rain, spiritual blessings, and the most wonderful blessing of being forgiven of our sins through Christ Jesus.
Our part is to always rejoice in this goodness, remember this goodness and be satisfied with this goodness. Brethren, God's goodness is unequivocal. I encourage you today, recount God's goodness in your life thus far. Have you received forgiveness of your sins through faith in Christ; your sin debt paid? Have you not been given the Helper- the Spirit of Truth to help you conform to be like Christ and be with you always? Can you see? Can you hear, walk and talk? Has the rain come? Has the sun every failed to rise or has the moon not been there to guide at night? Has the bird stopped it's song? Have you had no prayer answered? Has God's providence not been there despite us noticing? There's so much to God's goodness let us rejoice in it, remember it, and be satisfied while we wait, in faith, for even more of it to be revealed!
"Oh, how great is Your goodness, which You have laid up for those who fear, revere, and worship You, goodness which You have wrought for those who trust and take refuge in You before the sons of men!" Amplified