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?

God Gave Common Sense For Dummies Like Me

I’m no scholar. In fact, I skipped out on college. But there’s one thing I do have and am truly grateful for: common sense.

Common sense is an amazing gift from God, and with this gift, I am able to come to some of the most important truths in existence:

1.) All of creation reveals the character of God.

A) Without the sun, which He made on the first day, we’d die. Not only that, but we would not have light so we’d stumble around in darkness. God is life, and He is light—literally and figuratively. He is the One who created life, and in Him we have both physical life and eternal life. He is also light (a consuming fire to be more precise). His brightness exposes our darkness, illuminating the truth of our condition and who He is. Jesus is called the Light of the World by the apostle John, and for good reason. Truth Himself came down from heaven and walked amongst us, showing us how we need to live and how it’s only possible through the One who did it perfectly, that is, sinlessly.

B) Certain animals are multiple times stronger than us, displaying such power and might that we humans simply cannot muster—no matter how much steroids we consume or weights we lift. We can’t fight a full-grown bear, or a rhino and expect to win. This shows me that God—who made these beasts—is way more powerful than I can ever hope to be.

C) The sea is so deep, we can only go so far before our bodies explode from pressure. God’s wisdom is so high above our own that these finite minds we’re trapped in while on planet earth would explode at the vastness of His knowledge. However, those in Christ have the mind of Christ, where all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge are hidden—only to be revealed to those who desire to follow Him.

D) Just as there’s parts of the universe we can never have time to reach, so is Heaven impossible to reach on our own. But Jesus made the way. When we die—if we had given our life to Him beforehand—we can now enter through heaven’s gates and live in eternity with our Creator, Lord, and Savior.

These are some of the things God’s gift of common sense has blessed me with. How about you?