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The One True God is Good and Does Good

Day Thirteen
by Gini Crawford, MSW

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The Bible tells us God is good, and what He does is good! God is the source of all goodness. In Genesis 1 it says , He created the world very good for us. Good in the Bible is defined by the words - beautiful, delightful, pleasant, glad, precious, correct, excellent, lovely, convenient, joyful, fruitful, secure, kind, and righteous. Psalms 119:68 says,

You (God) are good and do good... NASB®

God had created everything very good and wanted it to stay that way. However, Adam and Eve didn't listen to God and brought bad/evil along with death into the world. (Genesis 2:16-17) Bad is defined as - ugly, hurtful, painful, unhappy, inferior, wrong, hideous, confusion, fearful, unfruitful, insecure, mean, and evil. Have you ever thought about how very different things would be without bad or evil in the world?

Did you realize that every good thing comes from God? The colorful sunrise that I saw yesterday was from God. The pleasant odor after the rain came from God's sage bush. When someone loves you, that love came from God, because He created love. When you hold your child in your arms and feel that fulfillment, of course that child and even the good feeling came from God and so on. The goodness that is all around us is from God. Without God there would be no goodness.

Do not be deceived...Every good thing given and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shifting shadow. James 1:16-17 NASB®

Since God allows things that are difficult and even devastating, we can doubt whether He really is good. In fact trusting that God is good can be quite impossible from a human perspective at times. A friend of mine was raped. She struggles at times concerning whether God is really good. I know God understands her struggle because He knows all things. I know, He isn't thinking, "how dare she does not think of Me as good." God is patient and loving. Remember, He died for you to stop your punishment for sin. Do you struggle with God being good? (See some links about suffering below.)

All suffering needs to be looked at from an eternal perspective - realizing something awful now might look like God is not good, but in eternity it will be good. Frankly I have wondered if some of the worst situations will turn out to be the most beautiful, when we see the results of them in heaven. Trials can also end up being a very positive force in our lives that make us the people we should be. (Romans 5:3-5, 8:28-29) As the Apostle Paul said in 2 Corinthians 4:17-18,

For momentary, light affliction is producing for us an eternal weight of glory far beyond all comparison, while we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen; for the things which are seen are temporal, but the things which are not seen are eternal. NASB®

Because of Who God is, He will work even horrible things for our good. A good example of God working terrible trials for good, is the story of Joseph in Genesis. In short, Joseph's brothers had sold him into slavery out of jealousy when he was a teenager, and were hoping this treacherous deed would end in his death. Now it was many years later and Joseph (who is now second to only Pharaoh of Egypt) says to his brothers,

"And as for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good in order to bring about this present result, to preserve many people alive. Genesis 50:20 NASB®

We can trust God even when the going gets rough, because His good is being worked out in His plans for us. Trusting God leads to peace and strength when the world is in tumult. (John 16:33)

"For I know the plans that I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope"...God is not a man, that He should lie...Has He said, and will He not do it? Or has He spoken, and will He not make it good? Jeremiah 29:11; Numbers 23:19 NASB®


Life Application:

At times I can doubt God's goodness because of trials. Do you? If you don't feel God is good, ask Him to show you His goodness in your life. I do when I am struggling with God's goodness. He always answers my heartfelt struggles. Read Jeremiah 33:2-3; Philippians 4:6-7; James 1:2-5.

My son was in Iraq as a Marine officer. He saw many destructive and devastating things, but He also saw God's goodness. Give details of something good that has come from your suffering or trial, or from someone else's.

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