Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Attributes of God- Good

So today we have a new word.  A VERY familiar word.  A word that was probably on your list of sight words as a child when you were learning to read.  A word that we use on a regular basis and even more so if you have children in your home.  The word is GOOD.  So my question for you is do you see God as GOOD?  That can be a very loaded question depending on what circumstance you maybe facing at present or looking back if you think of God as being good.  Let's take a look at this word from Webster's like we did yesterday and then we can dig in a little further. 

Webster's Dictionary says....
Good- Possessing desirable qualities; adapted to answer the end designed; promoting success, welfare, or happiness; serviceable; useful; fit; excellent; admirable; commendable, Kind; benevolent; humane; merciful; gracious; polite; propitious; friendly

What words to explain the word good.  I know with a 6 year old in the house, good is what he wants to hear.  He wants to know that what he did was good.  He doesn't want to hear the opposite.  So let's look at the definitions that we have and put them in a sentence like yesterday. 

God has desirable qualities (That is for sure!).
God is promoting success (not necessarily how we see success at times).
God is welfare.
God is happiness.
God is excellent.
God is admirable.
God is kind.
God is merciful.
God is gracious.
God is friendly.

Of course I didn't use ALL the words but you get the idea.  God is good.  He knows what we need and when we need it.  We are His children.  He doesn't always give us what we "want" and that can be difficult at times.  Just like your children, you don't give them EVERYTHING they want because they may not really need it, or you may have another "thing" for them or it may not be something that would be beneficial at that time.  We may not always understand when His "No" comes but that doesn't change the fact that He Is Still Good!!!

  • Exodus 34:6-7 — The Lord, the Lord God, merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abounding in goodness and truth, keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, by no means clearing the guilty, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children and the children's children to the third and the fourth generation.
  • Psalm 25:8 — Good and upright is the Lord.
  • James 1:17 — Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning.
  • I love the descriptive words that James uses in James 1:17.  "...with whom there is no variation".  He never changes.  He's always the same!  He is always good!  I am so grateful for His goodness!!  I know you have heard it before and I even read it today on a friends post on Facebook.  "God is good all the time.  All the time God is good!!!!!" 

    I hope you are enjoying this like I am.  I would love to hear from you!!!!


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