Wednesday, 14 October 2015
Q. What is God?
A. God is a Spirit…infinite…in his goodness
Infinite. Take a moment and consider what this means for you and me. God’s goodness is infinite. It has no limit. It never runs out. Everything we enjoy, all we long for, all we hope for is based on this fact. He made all things good. He made us to desire his goodness, and to discover his goodness.
Take chocolate, for example. I delight that there is such a thing as chocolate. I love the smell and the flavor of good chocolate. God made chocolate possible. He knew many of us would like it. He left it for us to discover and enjoy. We humans had to find the cacao plant, and learn how to process its seeds and make it into delicious foods. God invited us to delight in what he had made and to discover its richness. We still invent new ways to use chocolate today. We haven’t exhausted the goodness of even this one food. Chocolate is just one trivial example. Perhaps you don’t care for chocolate, but think of all of the good things you DO love. They were God’s idea. He loved them first. All good things come from God (James 1:17). Doesn’t it make you wonder what facets of his goodness still lie undiscovered?
God’s infinite goodness is found in the things we enjoy, but also in his character. God always does what is right. His will is always good. His law is good and directs us to live in good ways. God is good even when we are not. We can know God and be his people, because Jesus’ goodness was imputed to us by his death and resurrection.
Whatever happens today, you and I can face it knowing that God’s goodness is perfect. This is especially helpful when we experience people or circumstances that are not good, to help us trust him and seek his good and perfect will.
The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.
He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters. He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the LORD forever.
Grace and Peace,