God Is Good
"For the LORD is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations." (Psalm 100:5)
As a kid I always loved going over to visit my "cousins." They weren't really my cousins, but since our families spent so much time together, we called each other cousins. It was fun to be at David's house because his dad was a police officer and had really cool things to show us...such as real handcuffs! And what made David's house even more fun was that he had a big swimming pool in his backyard.
Without fail, every time I was ready to go down the street and play at David's house, my mom would tell me something that you have probably heard before: "Be good!" Why would Mom have to tell me to be good? She told me because she knew that my being good was a choice I had to make.
But no one has to tell God to "be good," because He just is good. He can't choose to do wrong.
God's goodness is seen in His creation. Right after God finished creating the world, He looked at it and saw that He had done something good. Genesis 1:31 says, "And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good." God never has to do anything over; everything was good the first time He created it.
God's goodness is seen in His involvement in our lives. Have you ever read the story of Joseph in the Bible? Joseph's brothers hated him, so they sold him to a group of people who were going to use Joseph as a slave. But God was being good to Joseph the whole time that all of this was going on.
Eventually God put Joseph in a very high position in a foreign country. Joseph used his high position in the land to prepare for a seven-year famine. Back in his home country, Joseph's family ran out of food and had to go to the land where Joseph lived so that they could get more food.
When Joseph's brothers came to him for food, what was his response? He forgave them and gave them as much as they needed. Why did Joseph do that and not try to get even with his brothers for selling him to be a slave? He didn't try to get even because he understood God's goodness. In Genesis 50:20, Joseph says, "But as for you, ye thought evil against me; but God meant it unto good, to bring to pass, as it is this day, to save much people alive."
Joseph understood that God allowed all those things to happen to him so he would be in a position to help thousands of people during the famine. God is always working in your life, and it is good!
God's goodness is seen in His gifts. Have you ever wanted to get the perfect gift for someone? Maybe at Christmas time you go up and down the aisles of the store looking for that perfect gift for Mom or Dad. When they open the gift, you are holding your breath with excitement, hoping that they just absolutely love the gift that you picked out.
God is constantly giving us gifts, which the Bible describes as "good gifts." James 1:17 says, "Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning."
God doesn't have to be told to be good, because He is good. And according to Psalm 52:1, His goodness endures forever!
God is always good, and He is only good.
» Since God is always good, do I remember that I can totally trust Him to be good in my life?
Truth In Real Life
“You can give without loving. But you cannot love without giving.”
One of the most famous missionary stories ever told is that of Amy Carmichael’s “unanswered answer” to prayer. As a little girl, Amy wanted blue eyes more than anything in the world! Her mother had always taught her that God answers prayer; so every night before bedtime, Amy would ask God to change her eye color from brown to blue. Every morning, she would jump out of bed, run to the mirror, and check to see whether God had answered her prayer. Every morning, though, her eyes were still brown. Was God really powerful enough to change Amy’s eyes?
As a child, Amy Carmichael had no idea what God was planning to do with her life. When an evangelist pointed out her need to give her whole life to Christ, Amy did. Serving God soon became her greatest enjoyment, and as she grew spiritually, her priorities began to change over time. When she was sixteen years old, Amy went shopping for a dress with her mother. They found the most beautiful blue dress in the store, but Amy turned it down, telling her mother that clothes were no longer the most important thing in her life. God was most important to her.
As she grew older, Amy’s desire to go to the mission field was so real to her that it felt like it physically hurt whenever she thought about it.
Eventually, she moved to the country of India. There, she would finally learn one reason God had sovereignly appointed her brown eyes. As she tried to help young girls escape from temple slavery, the kind of work she did required her to appear to others like an Indian woman. If she had been born with blue eyes, there would be no way anyone would believe she was really from India. The women of India had brown eyes!
Of course God would have been powerful enough to change her brown eyes to blue, but happily, He was also wise enough to leave them brown. On January 18, 1951, Amy went Home to be with her Savior, Jesus Christ, Who had taken such good care of her life from the very beginning.
When God says “no” or “wait” in answer to your prayers, do you trust Him or argue with Him? Are you content with how He’s made you and where He’s put you? Do you really believe that He has His greatest glory and your greatest good in mind when He brings things you can’t control into your life?
Psalm 139:14 – I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; marvelous are Your works, and that my soul knows very well.