I was sharing the goodness of God with someone this past week. I could tell by their responses that it was hard for them to grasp. So I began thinking and meditating on the goodness of God. What makes God good? We say it all the time..is it because He answers our prayers? Is it because life seems to go our way? Is it because the hardships of everyday living aren't as hard for some as it is for others? The account of Moses in Exodus 33 tells us about the goodness of God. Moses had a hard time with his people. He went for some time with God up on the mountain and when he came back the people were building idols and worshipping false gods (Exodus 32). So in chapter 33, God tells Moses to go, get out of there and go to the land of milk and honey. Moses tells the people that they are leaving and they are disturbed (they weren't too disturbed when they were worshipping idols). Moses needs a time out...from people..he pitches his tent out away from everyone so he can talk to God and God talked to him. God and Moses have a conversation about the people but then it shifts, Moses asks the Lord to show him His glory. God responds by saying I will make my goodness pass before you. The Hebrew language gives us some insight on the words glory and goodness in this scripture. The word glory (kabowd) in Hebrew has 2 characteristics, an attribute of God which is His splendor, His radiance and abundance. The second characteristic is His presence, the thickness of the air so to speak, a heaviness that someone is near you. So in essence, Moses was asking God to show him His presence and His splendor. God responds to Moses with this answer, I will make all my goodness pass before you. Goodness? Didn't Moses ask for glory? His goodness? What does that have to do with the glory? The Hebrew word for goodness is tub pronounced toob and the definition is the good things, prosperity, abundance, wellness, wholeness. So God says I will cause all my goodness to pass before you. All His goodness, all His abundance, wellness, wholeness, prosperity with nothing missing nothing broken. Everything that you and I could possibly need or want. God passes all His goodness before Moses. God continues speaking to Moses, telling Him to stand on a rock and God will protect Him as His glory passes by. He tells Moses that there is a place by Him. This statement so resonates with me. There is a place by God…Now we know as born again Christians God is in us, but for that moment with Moses, that was powerful for God to just be near Him. In Him…He lives in me and I live in Him. Romans 8:11 NKJV But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you. There is a place in God, with God, by God where His goodness dwells, where His glory shines, where abundance abounds. I want to be in that place! It’s a place that gives us the strength we need to face the challenges of each new day. It’s a place where peace abounds. It’s a place where faith develops. It’s a place where love conquers. I don’t know what you are going through today. You don’t know what I’m going through. But this I do know, I know of His love, the goodness of His presence, the goodness of His abundance, the goodness of His glory. As you begin to meditate on his goodness and love, you will begin to know, I mean really know and trust in the love of God. As you trust in the love of God, you realize just how good God really is.