Do we REALLY BELIEVE in God’s goodness? When we really believe in something, we “go after” it. When I list the things I thought were worth “going after” and recall the immense time and energy I spent to attain them–it is absolutely baffling to me that NOTHING I’ve sacrificed and struggled to attain is as good to me as God is! How insanely I’ve lived my life believing that anything in Creation would give me more goodness than the Creator Himself gives me! God is the Maker of ALL things good—but we don’t LIVE like we believe that unless we are “going after” Him with unparalleled zeal. Do we “go after” Him with the adulation that we do our favorite super-star? Do we “go after” Him with the same time commitment we give our profession? Do we “go after” Him with the same adoration we pursue someone we love? Are we willing to even inconvenience ourselves in order to pursue God? If not—we are blind. When we step out of our blindness, we realize that our time and energy commitment tell the true story of our heart and we have been seeking goodness from the lesser gods of fame, fortune and love instead of The Creator of Goodness. “For great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised, and he is to be feared above all gods. For all the gods of the peoples are worthless idols, but the Lord made the heavens. Splendor and majesty are before him; strength and joy are in his place. Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; for his steadfast love endures forever!” (1 Chron. 16:25-27, 34) When we discover God’s Presence, we are humbled by His goodness and our hearts join with the enlightened heavenly host in gratefulness to Him: “You are the Lord, you alone. You have made heaven, the heaven of heavens, with all their host, the earth and all that is on it, the seas and all that is in them; and you preserve all of them; and the host of heaven worships you.” (Neh. 9:6) When we passionately “go after” God, we find no wiser, loving and powerful Guide and thus, we allow Him to direct ALL of our pursuits. He multiplies His goodness TO us and THROUGH us in ways we never imagined possible! The Creator of ALL loves us more than we love ourselves!