Appearances and seeing deeper

The Attributes of God- part III

His Goodness

My next chapter of The Attributes of God is on His goodness.  Which I’ve had to spend most of the week wrestling with.  Not because of the darkness in the world and how He could allow that, which a lot of people wrestle with, but because of trying to understand- what is good?  It seems kind of subjective, like a matter of opinion.  And then it came to me-

God is good because His Heart is good.  God is good because what you see is really what you get, and what you see is amazing.  He is a pure, flawless diamond.  Light shines from Him,  Every way you look at Him He looks different, but he never changes.  He has so many facets!!!  Yet He is clear- you can see Him, see His Heart and Will, if you are willing to look.  You just have to look.  He will attract your gaze, but He will never force you to look.  That is His goodness- he gave you free will to do as you wish instead of making you a slave.  He is a God of freedom and desires us to be able to use our will to worship Him, to love Him, to live for Him.  But we have the choice.

Choices.

We see God as not good because of our own choices.  We see the human trafficking, the pain, and war and famine in the world and say :How can a perfect God allow that? How can He be good if this happens?”  But those things happen because of our choices, and all choices have consequences.  “How am I responsible for any of that?”, you say.  Because I cannot judge your choices, I will say some ways in which I personally am, which make good general examples.  How about that uber-cheap product  I bought which has a very high chance of being made by slave labor in China- possible by Christians imprisoned for their beliefs?  How about that girl I just walked by who was wearing extremely short shorts and I judged her instead of trying to see her heart or smiling at her?  The smallest of choices can have huge consequences.  Maybe if we all stopped buying the uber-cheap, the blood of our fellow Christians and humans wouldn’t be on our heads.  Maybe that girl was trafficked, and I could have helped her, or maybe a smile would have stopped her from committing suicide and she would have grown up and invented truly sustainable carbon-neutral energy, or been the mother of someone who will now not have a life.

Choices matter.  And having them is the most weighty, amazing power we have.

And God gave them to us.  Because He is good.

And when it comes to God, ‘good’ is not just a verb.  Yes, He does many good things; but good is relative.  Who is more ‘good’- Mother Theresa or your next-door neighbor?  Are you sure?  You are judging only by what you see, and appearances are deceiving.  I can spend all day baking a beautiful wedding cake and have everyone love it and tell everyone I loved baking it, and inside think it’s the ugliest thing ever.  Our truth, what we really think, does bear fruit, and shows eventually, but we can also be very good at hiding it for a while.  (Which is nothing at all against Mother Theresa.  Just an example) 🙂

Which brings us back to the beginning.  God is good because of His Heart.  He is true, good inside and out.  He is what He appears to be, so He can be trusted completely.

Because He is good- He is the definition of good.

(None of this, by the way, is talked about in the book….  It’s just what it made me think about)

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