“O Lord, you are so good, so ready to forgive, so full of unfailing love for all who ask for your help. Listen closely to my prayer, O Lord; hear my urgent cry. I will call to you whenever I’m in trouble, and you will answer me. No pagan god is like you, O Lord. None can do what you do! All the nations you made will come and bow before you, Lord; they will praise your holy name. For you are great and perform wonderful deeds. You alone are God.”
Psalms 86:5-10 NLT
God is good!!! He is the epitome of the word!!! You can't spell good without God. Everything good comes from Him! “Whatever is good and perfect is a gift coming down to us from God our Father, who created all the lights in the heavens. He never changes or casts a shifting shadow.” James 1:17 NLT Without God, darkness would utterly invade and destroy all that we know as good. The only reason we know good at all is because God is at work in the world. Yes, we experience sickness, suffering, and sorrow. The reason for this is rooted in Satan and sin. Satan is father of evil. When Adam and Eve listened to him, as he manifested himself through the serpent in Genesis 3:1-7, we fell from the state of absolute goodness to the effects of evil. The reason we experience bad things is the result of our living in a world that is under the domain of an illegitimate king. This illegitimate dictator is Satan. We weren't created to be subjects to Satan. We were made to manage this earth under God's authority. “Then God blessed them and said, “Be fruitful and multiply. Fill the earth and govern it. Reign over the fish in the sea, the birds in the sky, and all the animals that scurry along the ground.”” Genesis 1:28 NLT When Adam sinned, immediately, he forfeited the governorship of this earth to Satan. Darkness was ushered into our existence. Life vacated and death became the norm. The only reason we still experience any good at all is the sheer love of God that refuses to leave us in that condition. God loves us and wants us to be redeemed from the awful consequences of sin. In His ultimate goodness, He has provided His Son, The Lord Jesus Christ, as ransom for our treachery and treason. He refuses to leave us in this state of life without a way to escape. Sure, there is evil in this world, but not because of God! Man will never be able to resolve the consequences of sin by programs and politics. God, and God alone, is the hope of humanity. The only hope of good returning as the norm for our world is the return of the One who is good! His name is Jesus!! When He returns, He will set things in order and re-establish good without any hint of evil. Gone forever will be Satan, sin, sickness, sorrow, suffering, and those who refused to repent of their evil deeds. Righteousness will, once again, be the state of our eternal life. Indeed, there is no other God! Do you know Him?
Rev. Curtis Norris