What Is Good?
“Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good!”(Psalm 34:8, ESV)
Today can be described in a multitude of ways (stressful, relaxing, busy, or restful) but, it seems like perhaps the most common way of responding to the typical, “How are you?” is a simple, “Good.” What does this catch all phrase, good, really entail? With this in mind, I decided to challenge ol’ Webster to find out what he had to say about the word.
1. Of a favorable character or tendency 2. Bountiful, fertile 3. Handsome, attractive 4. Suitable, fit 5. Agreeable, pleasant 6. Adequate, satisfactory
With all of these options for what “good” can mean, what do we mean when we call God “good”?
I propose this definition for God’s Goodness:
The absoluteperfection of His nature and the kindness, compassion, and generosity of His acts.
Let me explain.
I am as fallible as they come. I often stress out too much about my finances and allow that stress to really sour up my day. Today was one of those days. I was shopping with my wife and after a hefty purchase I looked at my bank statement. For the record, my sweet wife told me not to do it! Once I saw numbers that were not what I wanted, I was in anything but agood mood. Then I started to wonder how I could reclaim goodness in my life.
After a deep breath, an apology to the Lord and my wife, and some reflecting on all the blessings in my life, I realized that because of Christ’s sweet victory over death, we always have a reason to rejoice in our times of testing!
So what was my issue all about today?
I did not truly understand the word “good”. What I viewed as goodness (a bountiful bank account) was not at all what goodness really was. The goodness in my life is God’s kindness with me when I stumble, compassion for me when I do not trust, and His generosity towards me amidst my sinfulness.
Sometimes we need to shift our perspectives away from what we would say is good and towards who is always good.
Today has been a truly good day!