A Little Time With The 1689: Day 40

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Day 40

Of God and of the Holy Trinity

Chapter 2, Paragraph 2.

“…goodness,…”

Scripture Lookup

Psalm 119:68.

Reflection

“God is good, all the time. And all the time, God is good.”

You may have heard that saying before. Although trite, it does have truth to it. God has all goodness in and of himself. And since He is infinite and eternal, He is good all the time. That goodness does not change. That can only be said about Him. Just as we cannot give God more or less glory than He already has, we cannot make God more or less good.

There is only One who is good… -Matthew 19:17

Every good thing on this earth is from God. “Every good thing given and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shifting shadow.” -James 1:17 (NASB). When God created the world, He saw that it was good. But why was it good? Because God bestowed His goodness upon it. Not only that, he continues to bestow goodness upon creation. Not only is He faithful in providing, He is good in His provision. The rain falls, the plants grow, and we are sustained.

How great is Your goodness,
Which You have stored up for those who fear You,
Which You have wrought for those who take refuge in You,
Before the sons of men!    -Psalm 31:19 (NASB)

All goodness we have as Christians is also derived from God. Goodness is a fruit of the Spirit, not of the Self! May we not forget that! So praise God for His goodness, and for His goodness  towards us!

God is the highest goodness, because He doth not act for his own profit, but for his creatures’ welfare, and the manifestation of his own goodness. -Stephen Charnock

Questions to Consider

  • How can you see God’s goodness in your life?
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