Discipleship 102.2 – Envisioning God as Good
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 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?
READMark 9:23; Mark 10:27; Luke 18:27; Matthew 19:26; Luke 1:37. Comment.