God is Good

Give thanks to the LORD, for He is good; His love endures forever.

1 Chronicles 16:34 (NIV)

At the very core of this thanksgiving holiday is this simple truth- God is good.

It’s one of the most important things anyone can learn about the God of the Bible…He’s good.   What does that mean for us?   It means that His very nature, His very goodness influences everything He does, every word He says, every decision He makes.   And here’s the thing that’s hard for some to understand- He’s ALWAYS been good.  It isn’t just a New Testament goodness. God has been consistently good throughout eternity.  Here’s how James describes it:
Don’t be deceived, my dear brothers.  Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.  He chose to give us birth through the word of truth, that we might be a kind of first fruits of all He created. James 1:16-18

The thing that keeps us from seeing and experiencing His goodness is our sin.   The very problems of our world, of our life, are our own making.   But in the middle of all the evil we see there is a wonderful creator who is good and does good in our lives.
So, as you enjoy your thanksgiving meal this week, take a moment and say “thank you” to a loving and merciful God.  He indeed is Good.


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