Psalm 34:8 (ESV)
Oh, taste and see that the LORD is good!
Blessed is the man who takes refuge in him!
(This is part 13 of our study on ‘Who is God‘)
God is Good. This is something that those who go to church might hear a lot. It is an affirmation of the Christian, an affirmation pronounced from the pulpit. But what does it mean?
Good means that which is morally right, or, that which is righteous.
So God is morally right. God does the right things. God is righteous.
And yet, it is more than just ‘being right’. God defines goodness at it’s very core – our definition of good and right is God.
Wayne Grudem (systematic theology) has a great definition – The goodness of God means that God is the final standard of good, and that all that God is and does is worthy of approval.
In the negative sense, it also means God is not evil. God does not do evil. God does not approve of evil. You can never ascribe evil to God, because by definition if God is good, he cannot be evil. We do not believe in a ‘dualistic’ God where he is both good and evil.
God IS good.
What does this mean for me I hear you say? It means that since God is good, His intentions towards you are also good. His wishes for you are good. His will for you is good. Anything He chooses for you, no matter what it feels at the time, is ultimately good.
If you want to reverse the analogy, then God is not evil. He does not wish or will evil upon you. He does not intend evil for you. His will for you is never evil.
God is good. Take some time and meditate on the verses below – I pray they will help you see more the goodness of God, and His purposes for your life.
John 10:10-11 (ESV)
The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly. I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.
Romans 8:28 (ESV)
And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.
Jeremiah 29:11 (ESV)
For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.