Who Else Wants to Rest in the Goodness of the Lord?

How to Find Peace in this Stressful, Scary World  from the Attributes of God

If my goal is fill my mind with the things of the Lord, and everything that is true, honorable, just, pure, lovely, of good report, virtuous, and praiseworthy (Phil. 4:8), then what can I think about and meditate on that has all of these qualities? The Lord, of course. He is the standard of good. His character is the definition of all of these traits. There are other things that fall into these categories, but you have to be careful that you’re not making them a god in your mind. God is one Person you can worship, adore, and “idolize” without sinning. 😊

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Why is He so good? We could fill book upon book, volume upon volume, with all the ways. But here is a short list of my favorite attributes of God. These are specific traits that mean something special to me, because of how the Lord has spoken to me in the past or how His character has helped me in some specific situation before.

These attributes of the Lord have helped me de-stress and rest in the peace that comes from not just knowing but experiencing the goodness of God. They will help you find peace in this stressful, scary world, too.

Here are 7 Special Attributes of God that are personal to me and will help you find peace:

1. God is good because “His love endures forever.”

His love endures forever” (Ps.107:1; 106:1; 118; 100:5; 1 Chron. 16:34; etc.). As I understand it, the Hebrew word for love here is hard to translate into English, because it’s more than just the love we have for ice cream or for our dog. It’s a steadfast, tender lovingkindness that also has the idea of mercy embedded into it. This to me encompasses all of my favorite attributes in one phrase. Because His loving mercy lasts forever, He will be faithful to always be holy, always show us mercy and grace through Jesus’ death on the Cross, always be with us, and always be everything we could ever need; and this gives us hope for eternity with Him forever.

2. God is good because He is faithful.

He is faithful (1 John 1:9; 2 Thess. 3:3; 1 Thess. 5:24; Rev. 19:11; Ps. 33:4; etc.). I don’t ever have to worry about…anything, because the Lord has already proven Himself to be faithful. He has already kept so many of His promises, and provided and protected me in more ways that I could enumerate and probably more than I’m even aware of. So why wouldn’t I trust Him to continue to provide and protect and fulfill His promises from now on? He has to be faithful to His character. He cannot change who He is. And so He will always be all these attributes forever and ever: merciful, loving, holy, just, gracious, Father, etc., etc.

3. God is good because He is Emmanuel, God with us.

He is Emmanuel, God with us (Isa. 7:14; Matt. 1:23; Matt. 14:22-33; etc.). I have always loved Christmas songs that talk about how Jesus is Emmanuel. But He is with us at all times, not just at Christmas. 😉 Lysa TerKeurst in the Finding I Am Bible study brought out a point from a Bible story that I’ve heard all of my life in Matt. 14:22-33, which tells about the storm on the sea of Galilee and how Jesus was walking on the water. But we miss the small fact at the end that Jesus didn’t leave the disciples again and continue walking on the water to shore. He got in the boat with them, even after He had calmed the storm. He is with us through even the scariest times in our lives, when we have the least faith. He is Emmanuel.

4. God is good because He is the All-Sufficient One.

He is El Shaddai (Ps. 91.1; Gen. 17:1; 35:11; Ex. 6:2–3). He is all we need. His very name Yahweh (Jehovah) means the “I AM.” The “One Who is.” El Shaddai was a special name the Jews had for God that meant “enough” or “sufficient.”

A popular interpretation of the name Shaddai is that it is composed of the Hebrew relative particle she- (Shin plus vowel segol followed by acdagesh), or, as in this case, as sha- (Shin plus vowel patach followed by a dagesh). [13] The noun containing the dagesh is the Hebrew word dai meaning "enough, sufficient, sufficiency".[14] This is the same word used in the Passover Haggadah, Dayeinu, which means "It would have been enough for us." –Wikipedia

We tend to focus on the physical effects of this. He gives us all we need—our provisions. To those of us Who are His true children, He is our Provider Father. However, He not only gives us things, but in His very nature, He satisfies every longing and every need, every emotional need, every spiritual need. He completes us just by being Who He is.

5. God is good because He is merciful.

He is merciful (Deut. 4:31; Dan. 9:9; Neh. 9:31; Heb. 8:12; 2:17; 2 Cor.1:3; etc.). God is good, because He doesn't give us what we deserve, mercy instead of justice. He made another way—the only way—for His justice to be satisfied: Jesus Christ took the penalty for our sins so that we didn't have to pay it.

Then, on top of giving us mercy for what we do deserve, than He gave us what we didn't deserve, grace. Mercy and grace are so linked together. In salvation, God didn't give us the guilt and dishonor of our sin; but He gave us acceptance and the virtue of Christ's righteousness. In sanctification, He didn't give us brow-beating legalism; but He gave us the Holy Spirit to work out our salvation through us. In glorification, God won't give us the penalty for sin, hell; but He will give us heaven, a citizenship we already enjoy.

6. God is good because He is holy.

He is holy (Isa. 6:3; Lev. 11:44, 19:2; 20:26, 21:8; 1 Sam. 2:2; Ps. 22:3, 99:3, 5, 9; Ezek. 39:7; Heb. 9:24; John 17:11; etc.).  He cannot abide sin.  He is righteousness, the standard of what is right and good.

“Holy, holy, holy is the LORD of hosts; the whole earth is full of his glory!” (Isaiah 6:3, ESV).

7. God is good because He is our hope.

He is our hope (Rom. 15:13; Lam. 3:21:22; 1 Pet. 1:3; Ps. 43:5, 147:11 ; Rom. 5:3-5; etc.) I wrote an entire blog post about why hope is so important and so special to me. This is my message for the year and mission for my business.

To recap:

  • God is good because “His love endures forever” (Ps.107:1).

  • God is good because He is faithful.

  • God is good because He is Emmanuel, God with us.

  • God is good because He is El Shaddai, the All-Sufficient One.

  • God is good because He is merciful.

  • God is good because He is holy.

  • God is good because He is our hope.

And there are so many more. These are some of my favorites. You can put at least these seven somewhere where you'll see them often, on your computer screen or wall or mirror or wallet.

Here is a special download (free) to print these attributes out and place them in a prominent spot. If you dwell on these, you will be reminded that God is bigger than any circumstance you're going through, and even in this stressful, scary world, you will have peace.

Join the conversation: What attribute of God has meant something extra special to you?