Only God can be called “good.” And His very name comes from His “goodness.” When “good” and “goodness” are shortened, we end up with “God.”
Everything that comes from God - His creation or counsel, His laws and love, His promises and provisions - must be good because the nature of God Himself is “good!”
God is not good to us if we are good, nor does He always treat us bad if we are bad. Those who say, “God won’t be good to you if you are bad” do not understand God or who He is.
The Psalmist did. He wrote, “The Lord is good to all!”
We recognize God’s goodness in the way He provided for our salvation. After a young Brahman interviewed a missionary, he said, “Hinduism has many things which Christianity has. But there is one thing which you have that we do not have - a Savior.”
We have a Savior because of God’s goodness. It was His goodness that flowed from His love that He sent His Son to be our Savior. Only a “Good God” would make such a supreme sacrifice to make salvation possible which is available “to all!”
We realize God’s goodness in the way He meets the needs of everyone. The food that grows in fields, on bushes and branches, vines and beneath the soil, was first planted by God for everyone. The water, which God gave us for survival, falls on the “just and the unjust.” Why?
Again, the Psalmist said: “His tender mercies are over all.”
God is good. But one day, all will stand before Him in judgment and be asked: “Is my Son your Savior?”
Prayer: Lord, we recognize Your eternal goodness and grace and ask Your forgiveness and cleansing for our sins. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Scripture For Today: The Lord is good to all; he has compassion on all he has made. Psalm 145:9