Summary: The best w,ay to think of good and do good is remind ourselves of the goodness of God which is clear in His Creation.
As many of you know, I prefer sharing a message chapter by chapter of a Bible Book, trying to make sure we look at passages in context. But because we are dealing with a pandemic and dealing with social and political issues lately, we have been doing topical messages. I will continue with topical messages for a while until the Lord settles us down a bit. We dealt with the sinfulness of people the last 4 weeks. Now, for at least 3 weeks, starting today, we will look at the goodness of God!
God is good? ….. All the time? …….. God is good!!
How important do you think the word good is in Scriptures? Which word do you think appears more times in the Bible the word good or the word love??
If you do a word search of good in the Bible, you will find it over 700 times and that does not include the word goodness!
How many times do you think the word love can be found in the Bible?? - Only 300 times!
The word good is important to God and should be important to us as well! God actually calls Christians to always think of good and to do good! How often during our days do we actually think of doing good? This is the challenge for today: To daily think of good and do good but only God is good! And so, the best way to be reminded to think good and to do good is to meditate on the goodness of God!
Now, let’s define what biblical good is. Let’s look at the original Hebrew and Greek words for good. Most of the word good in the Old Testament uses the original Hebrew Word “towb” meaning good, agreeable and pleasant! Most of the word good in the New Testament uses the original Greek Word “agathos” meaning inherently always good, also agreeable and pleasant, and useful, salutary, joyful, excellent, distinguished, upright, and honorable!
And so from the original words for good in Biblical Hebrew and Greek, God is inherently always good, agreeable, pleasant, useful, joyful, excellent, distinguished, upright, and honorable! A simple word good can mean so many things with God! God is serious with His goodness and we should take Him seriously with His goodness!
How do we know God is this type of God, always good? Let us today look at how good God is through creation. Open your bibles to the very beginning, a very GOOD place to start!
Read along with me Genesis 1 – 2:3…
Whatever God created was good, which tells us God is good! Now, let us look at a few more creation verses before we have a discussion.
Psalm 19:1-2 tells us “The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they display knowledge.”
Isaiah 40:26… Lift your eyes and look to the heavens: Who created all these? He who brings out the starry host one by one and calls them each by name. Because of his great power and mighty strength, not one of them is missing.
Romans 1:19-20… since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. For since the creation of the world God's invisible qualities--his eternal power and divine nature--have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse.
The heavens above us speaks to us about the glory, the knowledge, and the goodness of God!
Now, let’s have a discussion; are the things God created really good? What makes God’s creation good? From the vast universe, to the ocean depths, to the smallest microorganisms, what makes all of God’s creation good? Why would you personally say God’s creation is good??
God created for survival of people; human beings have all sorts of resources for living (shelter, food, and clothing) all comes from God’s Creation! Ever think about gravity? If God didn’t create gravity, you and I would simply fly out to space and die! We take gravity for granted. When an apple falls from a tree, we would just say it was ripe. We take a lot of things for granted without thinking about God, who is behind everything! By the way, what’s worse than seeing a worm in an apple? – a half a worm!
Now did you know this? After Newton figured out how gravity worked, he pondered on how God can make the earth, moon, sun, and other stars move just the right way! Science is good but God is behind all science and is always good for the benefit of people! Since God created everything and everything is good, we should always think of God in everything!