God is good all the time. All the time, God is good.

It sounds a bit gimmicky, but it’s the honest to goodness truth.

In the last few months God has been working hard on me in the area of trust. It turns out that I’m quick to say that God is good, but slow to believe it.

I’ve noticed that when it comes to my belief that God is good, there are 4 lies that I have secretly believed about God and the things that I desperately want:

#1 If it sounds too good to be true God isn’t going to give it to me

It’s like I have a perpetual problem with Ephesians 3:20. On the one hand, I love it and believe it, but on the other hand, I seem to believe it more for others than I do for myself. It just all sounds too good to be true. The truth is that Jesus is too good to be true and that grace is amazing! If it sounds too good to be true God might just surprise you with it.

#2 If I want it too much God won’t give it to me

It’s like I hang on to this idea that God wants to teach me some perpetual lesson in self-denial and won’t give me the thing I long for. So I try to fake him out. I make sure he overhears me tell my friends that it’s not that important to me. Blah blah blah. As if God doesn’t already know my heart! God isn’t into playing games with us. He loves us and wants us to live the abundant life. Sometimes He waits to give us the desires of our hearts, but usually He does far more than we give him credit for!

#3 If I do get it somehow, He’s likely to take it away from me

This one is the worst. On the rare occasions where we do find ourselves living out dream we worry that God is waiting to rip it out of our hands. What in the world? We’re talking about the same God who gave us His very only Son Jesus! We’re talking about the same God who describes Himself as unconditional love. So go ahead and smile. God gave you every good gift you have and He wants you to enjoy it.

#4 When God says he’ll give me the desires of my heart what He really means is that He’ll change them first

How many times have you re-interpreted Psalm 37:4 and put God in a box? Probably not as many times as I have! Enough with the lies. God gave us those very desires we long for. And when we’re ready for them, He will bring them to pass. Until then, He’s just preparing us for what He has already prepared for us. And like any loving parent, He wants us to find our delight in Him, and not simply in His gifts.

What do you hope God gives you more than anything else in the world? Is it consistent with His will? Will it honor his name? Does it glorify Him?

Then you can rest in the knowledge that God is a good and faithful father, and in due season, He’ll give us not just all that we need but also all that our hearts longs for.