God wants to give us all of His goodness, but we often don’t possess it is because we don’t believe He provides the best.

We believe we can obtain goodness by pursuing it without Him. This was my life. I chased love—in bars, behind closed doors, under the veil of darkness, in and out of marriage—and I failed to ever discover the unconditional love of God. Chased security—by working three jobs, going to school full time and wearing myself to a frazzle in my law practice. I discovered I could never have enough to buy peace for my soul.

Then, I chased religious satisfaction—by attending church every time the doors were open, giving much more than 10% of my money, teaching Bible studies and living by the rules—and discovered the coldness of religion when I lived outside of a relationship with God. I chased satisfaction—by having children, developing my talents, attaining success, improving my health and looks—and I discovered that “more” was never enough.

The Book of Ecclesiastes describes my experience. Solomon tried scientific discovery (1:10-11), wisdom and philosophy (1:13-18), entertainment (2:1), alcohol (2:3), architecture (2:4), property (2:7-8), wealth (2:8), the philosophy of materialism (2:19-20) and even moral codes (8-9). He concluded that—without God—there is no meaning in life and even the best of man’s achievements are worth nothing. (2:11) It is so true! We must understand that God created us to have His best and be satisfied by His unparalleled and excellent goodness.

When we seek God and do His will, He fills us with His goodness.

“Oh, how abundant is your goodness, which you have stored up for those who fear you and worked for those who take refuge in you, in the sight of the children of mankind!” (Psalms‬ ‭31:19) Ultimate goodness is found in a relationship with God. If we love Him, we obey Him and discover the abundance of goodness that He created for us to enjoy!

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