Tuesday, October 07, 2008

God is good.

A couple of weeks ago I asked us to ponder God's goodness. What is it?

I realized after writing that short post that this is no small subject.

Sometimes the word 'good' is used as a comparison word; as in a list: e.g., poor, satisfactory, good, great. 'Great' is better than 'good' in such a list. But God but cannot be confined to the petty spheres of such lists, and calling him great (as in, 'that meal was great!') is just too small for him. The other use of 'great'--as in 'remarkable in magnitude' (another dictionary definition)--fits him much better. But again, 'great' as in "better than good", should be avoided - if only because saying "God isn't just good; he's great" sounds more like the slogan for Kellogg's Frosted Flakes than a description of the Creator.

No, 'good' in the sense that "God is good" is much, much deeper than that.

God is good in a deep, standalone kind of way. He is pure. He is real. He is true.

And while a whole book could be written on God's goodness--and I'm sure many have been--here is a taste of what God's goodness means from my vantage point:

God is faithful. God loved you before you were conceived. He loved you through childhood, your teen years, and now. He will love you for the rest of your life. He will love you when things slow down and you finish your years on this earth. He will love you as you fade away - from the minds and memories and hearts and genealogical lists of those who remain. And he will love you into Heaven--if you accepted his love while you were here (John 3:16)--and beyond - as much as he loved you at conception. To me, this is a deeply satisfying thought. It is true of no one else.

God is the answer. He is the truth (John 14:6). He is real. He is the same right through. He doesn't make mistakes and have to say sorry. He doesn't misjudge. He doesn't mislead. He never needs to back-peddle. He knows. He knows you. And he knows that you need him.

God is far beyond you. God is not a slice of your pie. He is not a get-out-jail-free card. He is not your plaything. He is not your magical cure. No, God is far beyond that. He is the center. He is the source. He invites you to receive Him, to receive his salvation, to enter his story, to build his Kingdom, to worship him, to find your satisfaction--the only satisfaction that lasts--in him. And his sovereignty and Kingship and majesty--so far beyond you and I--is also the solution you and I need.

He is far beyond and far greater than you and I, and yet he is a God who can be and wants to be near (Deuteronomy 31:8; Psalm 23).


God is good.
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29 Mon (1) 9:30am VT prayer, (2) 3pm mtg DerCh - Mississauga
30 Tue (1) 10am ph call (AA), (2) 5:30pm video mtg (IsTan), (3) 8pm neighbourhood prayer mtg

1 Thu (1) 11:30am Zoom mtg (LM), (2) 4pm mtg (VS,KBr)
2 Fri (1) 10:30am ph call (PVDW; SL w/ boys; ~J working)
3 Sat SL w/ boys and MG
5 Mon (1) 9:30am VT prayer mtg, (2) 2pm Europe call, (3) 5pm mtg/walk (YM)
6 Tue (1) 11:30am lunch (GD) - St. Jacobs, (2) 4pm mtg (AF) - Cambridge, (3) 7:30pm worship night
9 Fri ~J's b'day
10 Sat North Bay trip
13 Tue 11am mtg (DAy) (~J school trip w/ ~Co | text BD)
14 Wed 9:30am time w/ BD
15 Thu 4:30pm video mtg (Paul T.)
16 Fri (1) 9am video med appt, (2) 15-km run (Prayer Journey "warm-up")
17 Sat Prayer Journey (my own: 50km GTA bike-ride; Jessie's: 5KM) and speaking at GTA after-party
23-25 Fri-Sat poss. SL
26 Mon 2pm Europe monthly call
29 ... July 7 Thu-Fri poss. holiday in Arkansas

... 7 Thu-Fri poss. holiday in Arkansas
~8-17 SA+ in Toronto; P/H Bell likely visiting too
15 Sat aft+ baptism (Saj; NaB may be coming)
17-21 Mon-Fri Kids Kapers camp
24 Mon 2:45pm med. appt
26 Wed (1) 11am video mtg (SM), (2) 3pm Zoom mtg (SMa,SB), (3) 7pm ~J speaking at Greenhouse/Zoe - UofT downtown
27 Thu 10am video MVT board mtg
31 Mon 3:05pm med. appt
July/Aug CCWM board mtg / AGM

2 Wed 11am video mtg (SM+)
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19 Sat poss. ~J fam beach day - Brighton area
25-29 Fri-Tue MoveIn staff retreat - southern Ontario

Sep 21 Thu - MVT board mtg
Sep 23 Sat poss. date of GV memorial
Sep 24 Sun ~Ch's b'day
Sep ~26-28 Poss. time in Lushnjë, Albania
Sep 29 - Oct 6 MoveIn Europe Conference+ - Durrës, Albania
Oct 21 Sat poss./unlikely date of GV memorial
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Early Nov Poss. fundraising event - Niagara
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