Oh, so very good. That word doesn’t do Him justice of course. No single word can. When we think about the word “good,” it’s comforting to know how often, and when it is used in the Bible.
When God created the heavens, and the earth, you know what He said? That’s right. “It is good.” In John 10:11, Jesus states that he is our “good shepherd.” In Matthew 7:9-11 Jesus challenges us to perceive God’s unchanging goodness towards us.
“Which of you, if your son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!” I love it when we see an exclamation mark in Jesus’words, to really drive the point home to our stubborn, forgetful hearts.
Ephesians 2:10 says that we are, “God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God has prepared in advance for us to do.”
Those of us who became believers in a certain era may remember how often we used to declare, “God is good,” while the other party would say, “all the time,” and we’d respond with “God is good.” It’s a simple declaration and a reminder of His goodness towards us.
How joyful it is to know that we serve a good God, who has created good things and has good work prepared for us to partake in. Like the song (and now book) says, He is a good, good Father! When we know with confidence that He has good in store for us, we can be set free from worry and anxiety. We can be rest assured that His heart towards us is good, regardless of our finances, health, marital or employment status, popularity or any of the other factors in our changing and fragile world. One thing that never changes is God’s good heart towards His beloved children. God is a generous Father, and a lavish and abundant Giver. He knows our needs and hears our heart cries. We may not always get what we expected, but when we doubt God’s generosity, wisdom and timing, that is when we are in danger of sinning and attempting to make things happen in our way and time. When that impatience and frustration occurs, just pause and reflect upon God’s goodness. Remember all the times He’s helped, protected and led you in surprising ways; in ways that only He can, and also remember that the best is yet to come.
He knows what He’s doing with you, for you and through you, and you know what?
“Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.”
“Likewise, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, and a bad tree cannot bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. Thus, by their fruit you will recognize them.”
“All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.”
2 Timothy 3:16
“Do good to your servant according to your word, Lord.
Teach me knowledge and good judgment, for I trust your commands.
Before I was afflicted I went astray, but now I obey your word.
You are good, and what you do is good; teach me your decrees.”