beautiful words for Feb 20, 2011

As we continue our study of the attributes of God, we will spend the next couple of classes explaining the goodness of God.  Children pray, “God is great.  God is good.  Let us thank him for this food.”


But, sometimes goodness seems generic, unspecific.  In fact, for some, the very word “good” evokes a certain sense of benign mediocrity.  We use all sorts of superlatives because good isn’t good enough.

We understand goodness only be understanding who God is.  For, he is the summum bonum, or “highest good” there is.  And, he is ours.  The psalmist said, “But for me it is good to be near God; I have made the Lord God my refuge, that I may tell of all your works” (Ps 73:28, ESV).

Charles Spurgeon observes, “When others behave badly to us, it should only stir us up the more heartily to give thanks unto the Lord, because He is good; and when we ourselves are conscious that we are far from being good, we should only the more reverently bless Him that He is good. We must never tolerate an instant’s unbelief as to the goodness of the Lord; whatever else may be questioned, this is absolutely certain, that Jehovah is good; His dispensations may vary, but His nature is always the same.”

So, what does it mean that God is good?  Over the next couple of Sundays, we will let the Bible lead us into the multiperspectival goodness of God: goodness simply considered, goodness as patience, kindness, mercy, grace, and faithfulness.

Sounds like just what I need.  What about you?


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