The Father Is Good
Psalm 119:68 – You are good, and do good; teach me Your statutes. This is one of the great attributes of God. Attribute literally comes from the word “tribute.” Something we give someone that they are due. It belongs to them. The characteristics that belong to Him. All of God’s other attributes come out of His goodness!
The Father Is Completely Good
God is not partially good, because whatever God is, He is fully. He doesn’t just have goodness, He is goodness!
In Exodus, Moses is having a conversation with God when he asked God to “Please show me Your glory,” he wanted to know what God was known for because that’s what you get the glory for. What was God good at better than anyone else? And here is what God said to him: Exodus 33:19 – Then He said, “I will make all My goodness pass before you, and I will proclaim the name of the LORD before you. I will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion.”
Exodus 34:6 – And the LORD passed before him and proclaimed, “The LORD, the LORD God, merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abounding in goodness and truth, (Verse 7) “keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgressions and sin,…”
All of these attributes listed here in this passage, tie into with His goodness. God is infinite – without limit, without bounds, and God cannot be measured. He’s infinitely good! God is also omnipotent – He has all power. His goodness will never be limited by His power. God is just – His justice is impartial. God is omnipresent – His goodness is everywhere. God is immutable – He cannot change.
Do you know there are people that honestly believe that God is not good? Why would they think that? Because Satan has told people, “If God is good, why did such and such happen to you?” Satan will point to bad things that have happened in our lives to get us to believe that lie. However, Satan is actually pointing to his “own work,” as evidence that God is not good.
Satan is the one that brought sin, sickness, and disease and death into this world, not God. God created a perfect world and put man in charge of it. But when Satan rules, look at what happens.
We were created because the Father is good.
James 1:17 – Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning. (Verse 18) Of His own will He brought us forth by the word of truth, that we might be a kind of firstfruits of His creatures.
Why were we not destroyed after we sinned? Because God is all-merciful and good. Whey does God continue to forgive us? Because God is good! Whey did God shed His blood for me? Because God is good!
In everything that God created, He was looking for something. Everything He created, He looked at it to see if it had one quality about it.
Genesis 1:1 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. (Verse 2) The earth was without form, and void; and darkness was on the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters. (Verse 3) Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light. (Verse 4) And God saw the light, that it was good; and God divided the light from the darkness.
(Verse 10) And God called the dry land Earth, and the gathering together of the waters He called Seas. And God saw that it was good.
(Verse 12) And the earth brought forth grass, the herb that yields seed according to its kind, and the trees that yield fruit, whose seed is in itself according to its kind. And God saw that it was good.
This goes on describing what God created and proclaiming that it was good. All that God created was a reflection of Himself and His goodness. Romans, Chapter 1, says, “We can see God in the things He created.”
Yes, God displayed His goodness in His first creation, but it is displayed more in His second creation: Romans 5 tells us God created Adam in His own image, but Adam sinned. So He created the Second Adam as the Firstfruits of man. The second creation is us when we become born again. When man fell from God’s created goodness, God redeemed us so that we would not fall from His infinite goodness.
We must choose the Father’s goodness.
Romans 11:22 – Therefore consider the goodness and severity of God; on those who fell, severity; but toward you, goodness, if you continue in His goodness. Otherwise, you also will be cut off.
We get a choice. This word “consider” means to ponder, to make a choice. To choose one way or the other. Look at both sides – Do you want goodness or do you want severity? God has a will so He made us with a will. He didn’t want robots. Too many look at the evidence that Satan supplies and choose the severity of God. What we just read says when they choose the severity of God, they will be cut off.
Matthew 7:11 – “If you then, being 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!
We all know that Satan uses his own works to say God is not good, but did you know that he also tries to get us to judge God’s goodness? That’s a trap from Satan. If a person doesn’t believe that God is good, they won’t love Him, they won’t serve Him, they won’t follow Him, and they won’t trust Him.
God can’t be anything but good! Trust Him because His true evidence is all around us!