Joanna sent me this text “Found the [cup of ] milk, [which Gus hide yesterday] un-spilled. God is good!” This got me thinking: Do I forget that God is good?
Now sure Christians say God is good, but that phrase has come to be more of a joint word rejoicing about some danger they have just escaped. But I wonder how much we thinking about God as being good.
Often when we use the word good today we are talking about the quality of a product or idea. But good also has a positive moral weight to it, and this is the way that I forget to think about God. I sometimes forget that God is in his character good and that he cares, but that’s exactly what Jesus says on more than one occasion.
Jesus has a lot to say about the goodness of God, but here are a few of them:
“Or which one of you, if his son asks him for bread, will give him a stone?Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a serpent?If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask him!”
(Matthew 7:9–11 ESV)
“Consider the lilies, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.But if God so clothes the grass, which is alive in the field today, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, how much more will he clothe you, O you of little faith!And do not seek what you are to eat and what you are to drink, nor be worried.For all the nations of the world seek after these things, and your Father knows that you need them.Instead, seek his kingdom, and these things will be added to you.
“Fear not, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.Sell your possessions, and give to the needy. Provide yourselves with moneybags that do not grow old, with a treasure in the heavens that does not fail, where no thief approaches and no moth destroy.”
(Luke 12:27–34 ESV)
“Am I not allowed to do what I choose with what belongs to me? Or do you begrudge my generosity[or goodness]?’”
(Matthew 20:15 ESV)
Let me close by asking what things are going on in you life that might be different if you took them to your good father? Sure you’d find hidden milk, but what else would change?