Photo Above: Toronto, Canada. Photographer: John Vetterli
The Goodness of God
“Moses said, “Please show me your glory.” And he said, “I will make all my goodness pass over you and proclaim before you my name, ‘The Lord.’ And I will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and will show mercy on whom I will show mercy.” Exodus 33:18,19
“For one will scarcely die for a righteous person—though perhaps for a good person one would dare even to die but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:6,7
“Who one believes God to be is most accurately revealed not in any credo but in the way one speaks to God when no one else is listening.” Nancy Meirs (Yancy, p. 45)
The goodness of God is a fundamental Christian doctrine. It describes God at His essence, or who God is at the core. God says he is more than loving, He is love itself. God loved the world so much that he gave His only Son for it. One of the most fundamental challenges to believing the goodness of God is falsely deriving God’s character based on your circumstances. God is sovereign but that does not mean he approves of all situations, and is in anyway author of such evil situations.When you think of the goodness of God, it is best to dwell on the work of the cross.
Questions to ponder?
-Do I really believe in the goodness of God?
-What beliefs or questions are holding me back from believing in God’s goodness?