Mary Jo spent part of her spring vacation with her Grandmother. When she returned home, her mother asked, “Were you a good girl?”
“Mom, I was so good that I could hardly stand it,” she replied. “It’s a wonder I had any fun I was so good.”
The word “good” is difficult to measure. There is no “good-er” or “good-est.” Why? Because the word good is only applicable to God. And we must never forget that it is not possible for God to improve on anything He does or do anything any “good-er.”
On one occasion when Jesus was starting on a trip, a man came running up to Him and asked, “Good Teacher, what must I do to get into heaven?”
“Why do you call me good?” Jesus asked. “Only God is truly good!”
His reply did not disclaim that He, too, was good. On the contrary! He claimed and proclaimed His goodness when He confessed that He was God!
Unfortunately, the young man regarded Jesus as a human teacher only. For him to attach the word “good” to a mere human being was a bad thing because of his religious beliefs. So, it was necessary for him to understand that only God is good and that no one other than God is, in fact, good. Jesus is good because He is God.
Whenever we think of ourselves, we must always remember who we are, how we think, and that we are human. When we think of God, however, we must shout with the Psalmist, “Give thanks to God for He is good!”
Prayer: Thank you, Father, that You are good and in Your goodness, we see Your love, mercy, grace, and salvation. Thank You for being what we are not. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Scripture For Today: Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good! His faithful love endures forever. Psalm 107:1
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