God Is Good. To Say Otherwise Is Denial.

It is so blasphemous to denounce God, to slander His character as evil. If we had not even a sentence of His Word to prove otherwise, we have the evidence of His goodness in creation. There are too many to point out, but a few that came to mind this morning:

Infants and children.

When a child is born, it is helpless. It is in need of constant support and love in order to survive. The very reality of this undeniable truth shows that God desires to teach every human being the principle of unconditional love and sacrifice. He does not have children born ready to walk and speak and eat on their own. They are not born as able-bodied adults. If God cared not for sacrifice and love, He would have all humans born ready to survive. But God is too compassionate and caring. He wants us to know what it is to love and sacrifice for someone who cannot love and sacrifice for us.

Taste-buds.

We do not need taste-buds in order to survive. We do not need to enjoy food and drink, it is a mere blessing and act of kindness on God’s behalf to design us in such a way that we can enjoy something as basic and essential as food every day of our lives.

Flowers.

There’s no point to them. They’re just beautiful and smell wonderful. God didn’t have to make this world beautiful for us to merely survive. This world is magnificently gorgeous and there is absolutely no need for it. But God is beautiful so He makes beautiful things, and He blesses us with beauty just because He is good and wants us to experience and enjoy it.

Butterflies.

God’s gentleness is shown through these fluttery, dainty creatures that can only tickle you. They just fly around with their paper-thin wings and look pretty.

Puppies.

They don’t need to be so adorable. But God just makes them that way so we can feel warm and fuzzy when we see them and cuddle with them. Again, pretty pointless to make animals adorable and such great companions too. Many dogs are insanely faithful and forgiving. They are “man’s best friend,” and they don’t discriminate, but God didn’t have to make them that way. But God is also a friend to any who are willing to befriend Him. He is not only a Ruler though He has every right and all the power in the universe to just be a Master and leave it at that, but He’s kind and desires friendship with His creation.

God is good. To say otherwise is to lie, being blinded by pride and willfully choosing to ignore His goodness that surrounds us every day.

What elements of His good character do you notice in creation?

If God Says You’re Beautiful, Who’s To Say You Aren’t?

Yesterday I attended Friday night Bible study and during worship (when we sing to the Lord), the singer, who is a good friend, began sharing.

“Let’s not try to impress God. He has angels with perfect pitches who literally have instruments built into them that worship Him. Let us just get to that intimate place with Him.”

This really, really resonated with me because everyday I worship at home in the morning, and I seriously try to impress God with my singing and how much effort I’m trying to put into it. And last night, in that moment, I just imagined God chuckling at my attempts, like how a Father chuckles at his little son who is trying desperately to beat him at a wrestling match, and I realized that is where my disconnect stemmed from: when I began worshipping to impress God rather than just to share a time of loving intimacy with Him.

As the layers behind my worship began to peel away, I cried and bowed my head. I told God I didn’t deserve to look up at Him.

Then I heard God speak.

He said, “I have made you holy, I have made you righteous. You are beautiful. Look up at Me.”

Now my tears flowed from joy. “God, you think I’m beautiful?” And I looked up.

The rest of my time in worship consisted of a joy I had missed out on for a while now. I have had this joy before, this deep sense of the weight of God’s love, but when my worship turned into approval-seeking, the joy got a little dry.

Jesus promised complete joy, but He desires intimacy. He wants us to come to Him with no motives, but simply to love and be loved by Him. He calls Himself the Bridegroom, and we His people, the Bride.

The joy and intimacy I experienced last night, I want to experience every single day.

I woke up today with that resolve. And when I came into worship, O did God reveal just a little more of the depth of His immeasurable love to me.

I realized that we can’t even measure this universe, with its billions of stars and galaxies, let alone God’s love. And again, I was moved to tears at the grandness of that, the vastness, the infinite capacity of love this God pours out over the entire universe. Even in the midst of all its darkness caused by evil and all our sin, God’s love reaches out to us; it surrounds us in creation and beckons us by His Spirit. The reality of what He sent His Son to this earth to do, to shed His perfect blood, to be pierced and wounded and broken, that we might be reconciled to the Father and have access to an eternal love-relationship with Him. God’s love is everywhere. No matter how dark this world is, it can never, and will never, extinguish the light of God’s love that encompasses every fiber of this universe. The Author of love, Love itself, has His fingerprints upon us all, He has His markings in our DNA, in our hearts. He wrote His law on us, He gave us a conscience, He gave us a book saturated with divine inspiration, a hundred percent prophetically accurate and transforming.

His love is everywhere. And I can’t get enough of it.

Jesus is a Man I will never get over.

He has no beginning, no middle and no end so His love has no beginning, no middle and no end. It is boundless. It is eternal. And it is waiting … for you.