"And when all the children of Israel saw how the fire came down, and the glory of the Lord upon the house, they bowed themselves with their faces to the ground upon the pavement, and worshipped, and praised the Lord, saying, For he is good; for his mercy endureth for ever."
(2 Chronicles 7:3 KJV)
"And Jesus said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God".
(Mark 10:18 KJV)
Goodness is a part of God's nature. In the Bible, the "goodness" of Our Awesome God often refers to His generosity in providing abundantly for mankind's needs and benefits before we ask (Psalms 23:6). It can also refer to God's generous mercy and patience that allows more time for sinners to repent (Romans 2:4). Think of the centuries He has waited and watched mankind sin and has not yet sent Jesus Christ to bring His Christian children home in the "Rapture."
God's goodness is much more than just those things. It is the very essence of Our Awesome God's nature — His righteousness and holiness. In Ephesians 5:9, we can see that His goodness is closely associated with righteousness and truth to the extent that, if we have God's goodness, we have godliness or God-likeness. This is what all Christians attempt to emulate and cannot without His help and then never to the extent that God has it. His goodness is so great that it lights all of heaven.
The Holy Bible gives us God's complete "instruction in righteousness" (2 Timothy 3:16). We should cherish it and read it far more than any other book or resource we have! Only through it and prayer can we learn to be like God. Our Awesome God summarizes His standards of goodness in the Ten Commandments. Psalm 119:172 tells us that "all Your commandments are righteousness." So God intends that they be our guides for life. Are they yours?
Christians should be trying to have more of God's goodness so that they are more like Jesus Christ. This may take more than a life time. Our Awesome God will decide when He can use us because He knows when our conviction is firmly grounded. He even knows what He will have you do (maybe after the first thousand years of heaven). What would you like to do for God? Rule a town or city? Move to a new planet or universe? Plant new vineyards or trees? Sing in His Royal Choir or paint new pictures of new lands God has created? Who knows what God wants us to do? We will need the goodness of God to succeed.
Join us as we work in Our Awesome God's vineyard, telling others and reminding ourselves about His story, Jesus Christ's Salvation, and our eternal home with Him, trying to help them to understand Our Creator better. Our church starts with small groups on Sunday at 9:30 AM and a Worship Service at 10:30 AM. On Sunday evening at 6:00 PM, a Bible Study meets for an hour with a children's program called AWANA. There is more during the week of Bible Studies in homes and Prayer Meeting on Wednesday. We love visitors!
Flo & Bill