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WHERE WOULD I BE, HAD I NOT BELIEVED TO SEE THE GOODNESS OF THE LORD?

David answered it this way, "I would have despaired, had I not believed that I would see the goodness of the Lord..." (Ps 27:13 AMP).

Where would I be if my parents had not believed to see the goodness of the Lord when I was five years old and the doctors looked at my x-rays, immediately scheduling surgery just three days out to remove the top half of my left lung? What would my life be like with just half of my lung?

When I was 27-years-old, and paralyzed from my neck down, where would I be if I had not believed to see the goodness of the Lord? Would I be confined to a wheelchair or in a nursing facility depending on nurses to feed me, bath me, change my clothes and take me to the bathroom? Like David in the Bible, I would have despaired had I not believed that I would see the goodness of the Lord.

Where would the world be if Abraham had not believed to see the goodness of the Lord when he put his oldest servant in charge of all his possessions and made him promise to find a suitable wife for his son, Isaac? What if the old servant had decided it was too much trouble to go all the way back to Nahor and expect God to find the perfect wife for Isaac? What if the old servant had gotten ahead of God and chose just any woman? What if he had not believed to see the goodness of God?

Rebecca, the chosen woman, also had a part in believing. When God put it in her heart to go to the well, so she would arrive at the precise time the old servant arrived, she could have said, "I'm not going to the well right now. I think I'll wait until later in the afternoon when it's cooler. There will be dozens of shepherds waiting for water at the well, so I'll go later." But that didn't happen. She didn't procrastinate. When the nudge prompted her heart to go, she went.

Very often we don't see it, but God is working in our lives all the time. Even when we don't know it, God is watching over us. David said, "I would have despaired (fallen apart in fear), had I not believed that I would see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living (right here on earth) (Ps 27:13, AMP emphasis added).

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I'm asking the reader of this article to take just a moment to think about the things in your own life and ask yourself, "Where would I be if I had not believed to see the goodness of the Lord?" Or, ask: "Where would I be if I had believed to see the goodness of the Lord?" How would your life be different?

It is the word of God that is a light to our path and a lamp to our feet (Ps 119:105). David knew he'd despair, and not survive, if he had not believed to see the goodness of the Lord when he was faced with trouble. The next verse, Psalm 27:14 tells how to believe to see God's goodness: "Wait for and confidently expect the Lord; be strong and let your heart take courage: yes, wait for and confidently expect the Lord." (Amplified version).

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