“Taste and see that the LORD is good… those who seek the Lord lack no good thing.” –Psalm 34:8, 10
It’s difficult to teach children that they’re not lacking something good, particularly when comparing themselves against others or during times of suffering—especially since we struggle to grasp it ourselves. Nowhere does God teach us that those who seek him get everything they want or are exempt from the bad things that occur in the world. Jesus taught us that we will have trouble:
“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” – John 16:33
Despite the bad that afflicts every life, God is good and we have no lack of anything good, if we continue to seek him. (See Matthew 6:31-34)
God’s good character never changes during tragedy or heartbreak. There is never any deceit or evil inclination in him, his actions, or as we may perceive, his failure to act. Every evil or wrongdoing is from the evil one, not God. In fact, God has assured us that wherever evil works to do bad in this world, God works for the good of those who love him (seek him):
“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him.” – Romans 8:28a.
God’s good character and purpose are always working on our behalf. Jesus is God’s proof of that to the world. God will always overrule evil because Jesus has overcome the world! For now, we accept this by faith. Someday Jesus will return and fully assume his rule over the world that he has already overcome. Until then, his good purpose is at work in us. We can know that because we know God is only good.
Teach your children to keep tasting and seeing (testing and experiencing) God’s goodness by seeking him. Those who seek him lack no good thing. Even in suffering? In illness? In death? Yes. Yes. Yes. Those who seek him lack no good thing!
Where else can you find:
- forgiveness from all our sins (1 John 1:9)
- peace that exceeds our understanding (Philippians 4:7)
- grace that gives us eternal life (Ephesian 2:8)
- hope even in grief (1 Thessalonians 4:13-18)
- joy that is inexpressible (1 Peter 1:8-9)
- love that never fails (Psalm 13:5) and cannot be broken (Romans 8:38-39)
This and much more are found only in the One who is good. Keep tasting and seeking him.