“I will make with them an everlasting covenant, that I will not turn away from doing good to them. . . . I will rejoice in doing them good” (Jeremiah 32:40–41).
This is one of those promises of God that I come back to again and again when I get discouraged (yes, that happens to pastors). Can you think of any fact more encouraging than that God rejoices to do you good? He doesn’t begrudgingly fulfill his promise (Romans 8:28). It is his joy to do you good. And not just sometimes. Always! “I will not turn away from doing good to them.”
But sometimes our situation is so hard to bear, we just can’t muster any joy. When that happens to me, I try to imitate Abraham: “In hope he believed against hope” (Romans 4:18). God has always been faithful to guard that little spark of faith for me and eventually (not right away) to fan it into a flame of happiness and full confidence.
Oh, how glad I am that the thing that makes almighty God happiest is doing good for you and me!