You might have heard or said “God is good – all the time. All the time – God is good.” I’m sure we all believe God is good, but what do we really mean when we say it? When we think of people we would call good, we usually mean they are law-abiding, kind, generous and helpful, among other things. God is all of those, except he’s the one who created laws of all kinds so saying he’s law-abiding doesn’t mean the same thing as it applies to humans. Another difference is that God not only does good, but his goodness is who he is.
We could spend a lot of time talking about all the good things he does, like creating the varieties of food, spices, herbs, fibers for clothing, flowers, animals, water, the sun, moon and stars, not to mention salvation and redemption – the list is endless. The list of who he is in his goodness is also endless, so much that we can’t comprehend the extent of it. But we do know love is the essence of who he is, and that means he cannot be or do anything that goes against his nature. He is always true to who he is. He doesn’t lie (Titus 1:2) and he is faithful (1 Corinthians 1:9). “He is the Rock, his works are perfect, and all his ways are just. A faithful God who does no wrong, upright and just is he (Deuteronomy 32:4, NIV).
When we hear about acts of kindness or goodness in others, we applaud and admire them. We also desire goodness in ourselves and we know human goodness comes only from God. But his goodness is so real we can taste it: “Taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the one who takes refuge in him” (Psalm 34:8, NIV). May we never forget his goodness and may it give us many more reasons to love him.