He Will Bring Us Goodness

God is good. His very nature is good. Therefore every action of God is good. This week we celebrate God’s desire to bring goodness as echoed in the carol, Do You Hear What I Hear?

Said the king to the people everywhere
Listen to what I say
Pray for peace people everywhere
Listen to what I say
The child, the child
Sleeping in the night
He will bring us goodness and light
He will bring us goodness and light

Theologians define God’s goodness as his benevolence to his creation and his kindness exhibited toward all he has made

God expresses his goodness toward the people who know him and the people who don’t know him. He is good to all.

How is God good to us before we know him?

He created us with free will. He wanted love and so he was willing to take the risk that we might reject him.  He sustained us even when we were far from him. He gave us the beauty of creation to enjoy. He gave us friends and family. He gave us each gifts, talents, and creativity. He heard the prayers our loved ones prayed on our behalf.

The ultimate sign of God’s goodness to us before we knew him is Christmas. God so loved the world and everyone in it that he sent his son. If you ever want to know if God is good – look in the manger and then look to the cross.

How is God good to us after we know him?

He gives us everlasting life the moment we believe – eternal life in heaven and his abundant life here on earth.  He gives us immediate access to him through prayer. He works all things out for our good.  He gives us the Holy Spirit and the Word of God so we can become the best possible version of ourselves here on this earth.

How do we respond to God’s goodness?

For those who don’t know him yet he invites us to experience his goodness.

Taste and see that the Lord is good. Oh, the joys of those who take refuge in him! Psalm 34:8 NLT

Those of us who know him offer our thanks.

Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good! His faithful love endures forever. 1 Chronicles 16:34 NLT

God is good. His goodness is generously poured out on all humanity.