I read something on the weekend that hit me like a stone. It was written by someone who is troubled that the church no longer fears God like in the good ol’ days of the Old Testament. The problem, apparently, is the result of “overemphasizing the goodness of God.”
Think about that. We have “overemphasized” the goodness of God. That’s like saying, “He’s good, but he’s not that good. There’s a teeny, tiny part of him that’s bad.”
I beg to differ.
If I had just one adjective to describe God I would say he is love, but if I were given a second adjective I would say he is good.
Indeed, God is the very definition of good. Look up “good” in the dictionary and it says, “see God.”
The devil – who is thoroughly bad – doesn’t want us to think of God as being perfectly good. But he is good and everything he does is good.
The Jew says, “God is one,” and he is.
The Muslim says, “God is great,” and he is.
But the Christian says, “God is good” and rejoices!
It is the goodness of God that makes the good news good. Just as there is no bad news in the good news, there’s no badness in God.
Imagine where we would be if God were bad, or half bad and half good. We would live under a cloud of uncertainty, fearful of his mood swings. But God is not like that.
God never has a bad day, nor even a bad moment.
He doesn’t have a bad temper.
He never has occasion to say, “oops, my bad.”
Everything about him is good and he is good all of the time.
All his gifts are good. If you think you have found something good and it doesn’t have God’s fingerprints all over it, you are working with an inferior definition of good. God is the benchmark for what is good.
Perhaps you have never heard that God is good. Perhaps you don’t believe it. Then taste and see for yourself! His goodness will lead you to repentance. It’ll change your mind.
Make the Good Shepherd your shepherd. He will lead you from the front, while his goodness follows you from behind all the days of your life. If you don’t know where the goodness of God is right now, turn around. It’s right there next to his everlasting mercy.
It is simply not possible to overemphasize the goodness of God. You might just as well try and overemphasize his wisdom or try and grasp the breadth, width and depth of His love!
God is good. All the time.
But that’s just my opinion. What do you think?
Sources: 2 Chr 6:41, Ps 23:1,6, 34:8, Rms 2:4
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