Christian music icon TobyMac has released a new song, and wow, is it a “good” one! It’s been a tough couple of years for the artists following not only canceled tours like everyone else, but also the tragic loss of his firstborn son. It’s difficult to imagine how a light and bright song could emerge following such unimaginable grief. However, when we’ve got a God as great as ours, maybe it’s not that tough to see. Here’s what TobyMac shared on his social media at the release of “The Goodness.”
Before we take a listen to the song together, let’s take a moment to reflect on the goodness of our God. That lovely aspect of God’s character means countless benefits for believers. But let’s examine a few of the lines from “The Goodness” and what it means for us today.
"EVERYWHERE THAT I GO, YOU KEEP SHOWING UP"
Have you ever felt like God’s not there? Maybe you’re going through a particularly difficult season and don’t feel anything, including His presence. But when we compare our lonely feelings to the truth of God’s word, it tells us something very different.
Our limited, blurred vision can be further obscured in the aftermath of heartbreaking times. However, after the Lord has brought some healing to your heart, you’ll be able to look back and see the goodness of God, including how He never left you nor forsake you.
"YOU COVER ME, MY DEFENDER WHEN YOU'RE ROLLING UP YOUR SLEEVES"
Did you know that you have an enemy? Not your political opponents or neighbors who keep stealing your water hose. Whether we want to be or not, we’re engulfed in spiritual warfare against Satan. At this very moment, he’s prowling around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. But if we’re clinging to Jesus, we won’t be his next meal.
What a relief to know that our almighty God defends us! In addition, God has given us some tools to use for defense in what’s known as the armor of God. But those tools mean nothing without the goodness of God enabling our peace, faith and salvation.
"YOU'RE THE TRUTH THAT'S GONNA SET THE CAPTIVE FREE"
In our culture today, you’ll often hear people talk about “my truth.” Certainly we have different ideas and experiences, and it’s a great thing to listen lovingly and try to find common ground with our neighbors. But the concept of “my truth” becomes problematic when it reinforces destructive behaviors and further enslaves us to our own sin. Jesus wants to give us better than a faulty subjective truth. He wants to give us THE truth that brings real freedom.
The goodness of God is on full display in these passages. He gives us an escape from our own sin through “the only King that’s ever chose to bleed.” It’s interesting to note, however, that He didn’t actually have to. He couldn have left us in our broken, hell-bound state. But out of the goodness of His beautiful, merciful, compassionate heart, He invites us to know the Truth that sets us free still today.
Do you need that truth for yourself? Find out more here.
HAVE YOU SEEN THE GOODNESS OF GOD IN YOUR OWN LIFE?
Has He healed you? Delivered you from addiction? Provided in miraculous ways? Let us know in the comments so we can celebrate the goodness of God together!