Discipleship 102.2 – Envisioning God as Good

For a healthy relationship, we must see God clearly and correctly. Have you ever placed on someone’s prescription glasses that altered your vision? Everything became blurred and skewed. Have you ever been in a relationship that looked glorious at the start, but the more that you saw of the person, the uglier things became and the relationship eroded as you gained knowledge and understanding of the person? Well, possessing poor theologies can prevent us from a healthy relationship with God because we may not see God correctly. When we see God correctly, indeed He is glorious! Thus, we need to pray that God will touch our eyes that we might see.

READ:
Ephesians 1:15-19. Have your eyes been enlightened? Can you correctly see God?
READ Mark 10:18; Luke 18:19.

Most importantly, we should see God as good; His nature is good. Nature governs the beings: squirrels climb trees and eat acorns because of their nature; green beans grow in gardens and produce a harvest because of their nature; all living organisms live, grow, and function according to the innate nature that the Creator gave them. Likewise, God’s nature governs His being, His functions, actions, activities, and even thoughts. God’s goodness flows from the nature of His person—He is good! We learn about God’s nature mainly by studying His word.

READ:
Exodus 34:6; 1 Chronicles 16:34; Psalm 69:16; Psalm 86:5; Psalm 100:5;Psalm 106:1; Psalm 107:1; Psalm 109:21; Psalm 119:68; Psalm 145:9.

Since its nature governs the being, and God by nature is good, only goodness can come from our God to those whom He loves; He only deals with us in goodness. The Patriarch Job enjoyed this type of relationship, in which he never saw evil as coming from God. Even though the story recounts how the devil was instrumental in accusing and assaulting him, Job never credited Satan. Notice how Job’s vision changed after his trial.

READ:
Job 1:2; Job 42:5.. Did Job acknowledge that the devil had any access to his life? After the trial, how was Job’s vision of God?

Since God is good, and only goodness flows from his being, it makes sense that goodness would bath the lives of those who are submitted to God. Could Joseph serve as another example of a great man who understood that regardless of how others treated him, Joseph realized that only goodness could come to him.

READ:
Job 1:2; Job 42:5; Genesis 50:20; Genesis 1:4,10,12,18,21,25,31; Romans 8:28; 2 Corinthians 2:14; Jeremiah 32:27; Matthew 19:26.Does the Bible indicate that God can convert every detail into good and even make good out of my bad decisions and choices? Even apparent evils of others that may have victimized us? Sound impossible?
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Mark 9:23; Mark 10:27; Luke 18:27; Matthew 19:26; Luke 1:37. Comment.