Summary: This sermon looks at God’s goodness to us and asks "how do we respond to his goodness?"
Series: The Book of Romans 11/21/2004
The Goodness of God
Text: Romans 2:4-5
Introduction: How do you respond when someone asks you, “how are you doing?” Most of the time you probably give the common answer, “I’m doing fine.” We answer “fine” even if we really aren’t fine don’t we? We do that because we know that asking “how are you?” is really just a cultural greeting and people don’t really care how you are. Most of the time people would be shocked if you tried to tell them how you are really doing.
I began several months ago responding to this greeting by saying “I’m doing better than I deserve.” That is not my original saying; a man named Dave Ramsey uses that on his call-in radio program. I love that response because it acknowledges that we receive blessings everyday that we do not deserve. If we truly got what we deserved we would be in a lot worse shape than we are. In fact if we got what we deserved we would immediately experience the wrath of God.
You know God’s timing is perfect. I mean here we are for the last several weeks, studying the book of Romans, and on this week of Thanksgiving we come across a verse on which is perfect for us to focus. A verse that deals with God’s goodness to us and all for which we have to be thankful. A verse that reminds us not to take God’s goodness toward us for granted.
Read with me Romans chapter 2 beginning in verse 4
I want you to think this morning about how lightly you regard God’s goodness toward you. What affect does God’s goodness have on you?
The first thing about God’s goodness that I want us to see this morning is Two Aspects of God’s Goodness. When the Bible speaks of God’s goodness to us, it refers to his goodness in two different aspects. First of all it tells us that God is Good in His Nature. God’s very nature is to be good. All that he does is good. In fact because goodness is one of his attributes, he can’t do anything bad or evil. Listen to how the Psalmist describes the Lord God in several places:
PSALM 52:1 The goodness of God endures continually.
Psalm 14:1-3 The fool has said in his heart, "There is no God." They are corrupt, They have done abominable works, There is none who does good.The LORD looks down from heaven upon the children of men, To see if there are any who understand, who seek God. They have all turned aside, They have together become corrupt; There is none who does good, No, not one.
Psalm 25:8 Good and upright is the LORD
Psalm 34:8 Oh, taste and see that the LORD is good; Blessed is the man who trusts in Him!
Psalm 100:5 For the LORD is good
Psalm 106:1 Praise the LORD! Oh, give thanks to the LORD, for He is good!
Because God is always good we can know that all that we face in life is for our good. We know that even the bad things that happen to us are in some way for our good. We may make bad decisions but God’s disposition toward us is always good, and when we seek him he “works all things for the good.” God cannot do evil.
The scripture not only speaks of the fact that God is good but also that he is good to us. A second aspect of God’s goodness is that God is Good in His Actions Toward Us. James 1:17 tells us that “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights,..”