Just That Good

"Rescue is His heart. Mercy is His character. Love is His nature."

IN THE BEGINNING, God created the heavens and the earth, and they were good. He created man upon the earth, to tend the earth, and man was very good. God does no evil, is not tempted by evil, and tempts no one with evil. God did not create evil. He is the Potter who creates vessels for His use, but the understanding of this passage has been grossly misinterpreted. From a vessel which pours out evil, God can and will create good. The devil never gets to win with evil.

Psalm 119:68 says, “Thou art good, and doest good.” God’s goodness is seen in His actions, in His mercy and kindness, in His love for man. We become what we focus on. Is the glass half full or half empty? This question has been used as an example for many things, but where God is concerned the glass is always overflowing with His goodness. Evil, sorrow, and the bad things in life are the work of the enemy who seeks continually to divert God’s goodness. To prevent God from doing good things for people.

“Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.” (Psalms 23:5)

He can’t prevent it, but he can deceive people into thinking God is only sometimes good and usually angry and vengeful. Men have taken those verses out of context too. God is complete justice without any opinion or error in it. He speaks only truth and cannot speak a lie. The devil is the father of lies. It was a lie he told himself in the beginning, that he could exalt himself above God. It isn’t possible. He sinned when there was no sin and has been condemned for it. Death that was introduced through sin has been defeated in the sacrificial death and Resurrection victory of Jesus Christ (Romans 8:3).

Through our belief in salvation in Jesus, we now have the Holy Spirit, the very breath of the Father, to shower His goodness over us. We are filled with all the goodness of God. We must adjust our mindset to see all evil as the devil’s work and refuse, point blank, to ever lay any destruction from evil on God. Fear, condemnation, confusion, strife, division, hatred, illness and injury, all are the devil’s work. Peace, forgiveness, wisdom, joy, unity, healing, and deliverance are always from God.

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We must apply this knowledge and understanding to the past, what we read of the Old Covenant, and to the future, what is represented in Revelation. Any teaching that uses the word “judgment” to put evil into God’s hands is wrong. He is our refuge in times of trouble. He is our safety from the work of the enemy. He rescues all who call on Him and turns no one away. Ever. He has all of time in His hands, and we need not fear what was, what is now today, or what is coming in the future.

God’s mercy extends to all generations. He has mercy planned in the catching away of the church, in the rescue of many during the tribulation, and in the final days of this planet earth before it is restored to His full goodness. His mercy will never end. But men and demonic powers choose judgment through their words and actions, and as with Israel when they were taken into Babylon, when evil is firm in the heart, this causes Him to lift His hands (Revelation 15:7). Without Him pouring mercy and goodness into the earth, there is judgment. He gave life to all that is. Without Him, there is no life. But see His reluctance to do harm His covenant people and see His great rescue of them. Forever, He is God of Israel.

“And you shall know, understand, and realize that I am in the midst of Israel and that I the Lord am your God and there is none else. My people shall never be put to shame.” (Joel 2:27 AMPC)

“But Judah shall remain and be inhabited forever, and Jerusalem from generation to generation.” (Joel 3:20 AMPC)

See His great rescue of mankind in that He sent His only begotten Son to live as a human and die as the sinless human sacrifice for every sin that would ever be committed. Rescue is His heart. Mercy is His character. Love is His nature. They are evidences of His goodness. The devil tries to blind us to them. The Holy Spirit opens our eyes fully so we can see God in all His glory. Here is the beauty of John’s revelation. For us, he painted a picture of Christ as God, as King, and of heaven as rich and of the Word of God as anointed and powerful. He gave us the heart of God in the revelation’s ending, that there will be no more death, no more evil, and we will live with Him in His goodness forever.

Here is enough of an image for me. And in my ear every minute of every day, I have my Father, my King, my best Friend, the Spirit, speaking of all the good they have planned for me, for us, for this nation, for the body of Christ, the church. Abundant goodness such as we can never fully imagine because They are just that good.

“Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us,” (Ephesians 3:20)

“Everything good, healthy and beneficial originates in heaven and comes down from the Father who created the universe. He is always good and will never alter his methods of love. He does not waver, and he is certainly not the source of darkness and death! He is the source of life, and he chose to give us new life through Jesus—the true expression of God—that we might be the masterpieces of all his creation.” (James 1:17-18, Remedy)

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Suzanne D. Williams, Author