When was the last time you heard someone share a story of God’s goodness? I heard four or five just yesterday. Each time I heard a story of God’s goodness; it uplifted my spirit and was greatly encouraged. My faith grew a little bit more.
According to the Bible, a story of God’s goodness is called a testimony. We also learn that there are at least four reasons for sharing stories of God’s goodness.
Testimonies demonstrate obedience to God’s Word.
Psalm 105:1 says, “Oh give thanks to the LORD, call upon His name; make known His deeds among the peoples.”
In the verse, “making known His deeds” is a command. The Scriptures command us to make known His deeds which means to tell stories of His goodness. In fact, the Bible repeatedly tells us to tell stories of God’s wonderful deeds. If we don’t tell stories of God’s goodness to us, we are actually in disobedience to the Word of God.
Testimonies declare glory to God.
Psalm 145:11-12 says, “They shall speak of the glory of Thy kingdom, and talk of Thy power. 12 To make known to the sons of men Your mighty acts and the glory of the majesty of Your kingdom.”
Whenever we share a story of God’s goodness, we describe what God has done and it brings Him glory. And whenever we give glory to God, we are removing glory from ourselves.
Testimonies develop confidence in God’s faithfulness.
Joshua 4:24 states, “…that all the peoples of the earth may know that the hand of the Lord is mighty, so that you may fear the Lord your God forever.”
The word “fear” doesn’t just mean to be afraid, but means to hold God in awe. Being in awe of God means that one understands His power and might.
When God stopped the Jordan River, the people of Israel saw His power and might. They saw His faithfulness to them. The testimony of God’s act built confidence in people as they prepared to enter the Promised Land.
Stories of God’s power, might and faithfulness help us be confident in God. Stories of God’s faithfulness also help others develop confidence in God.
Testimonies display a desire for God to “do it again”.
The Hebrew word for “testimony” is “ehud”, which literally means “witness” or “record”. In our legal system, if a crime is committed and someone sees it, they then give testimony in a courtroom of what they saw. Their testimony is a witness or record of what happened.
The root word also means “to duplicate or repeat”. So a testimony is a record about someone or something that is meant to be repeated or spoken again and again. Secondarily, it could mean that those testifying desire God to repeat that which is being recounted.
By virtue of the meaning of the word, testimony, stories of God’s goodness declares a desire to see God “do it again”. For every healing we witness, we desire the Lord to heal others.
When was the last time you shared a story of God’s goodness?
Something to think about…