Sunday, January 17, 2016
The Nature of Goodness
"God is good all the time; and all the time, God is good."
Goodness. It's such a commonly used word in the English language. We describe pizza as being good. We spend hours poring over a good book. We smile with contentment after finally having a good day at work. But have you ever stopped to really think about what the word "good" means?
Without God, goodness could not exist. We don't have to be taught to make wrong decisions. It just comes naturally. Yet it is in the very nature of God to be good; He cannot stop being good because that would be outside of His perfect nature.
But what does all that mean? What exactly is God's goodness?
Simply put, it is God's favor toward us. It is His gracious extension of mercy towards us when we stray from His will. It's the hand that catches us when we stumble, the arms that envelop us in a loving embrace when we're hurting, the forgiveness that flows through us when we fall. Goodness is God.
Fortunately for us, God never runs out of goodness. No matter how many times we fall short, He always picks us up. Jeremiah 32:40 puts it perfectly when it says, "I will make an everlasting covenant with them: I will never stop doing good to them, and I will inspire them to fear me, so that they will never turn away from me."
The truth is, friends: we NEED God's goodness. So very desperately. It's because of it that we have been adopted as sons and daughters into His eternal Kingdom. It was God's goodness that kept Him on the cross 2,000 years ago. Because of His unfailing, unchanging, unlimited goodness, we have Life.
I'm so grateful for His graciousness to us. Because God has great plans for us. Plans to prosper us and not to harm us. Plans to give us hope and a bright future. He works all things for our good, no matter what the world wants us to think. His grace is unfailing. You can bank on that.