Thursday, July 14, 2011

How Good is God?

“With all wisdom and insight he has made known to us the mystery of his will.” ~Ephesians 1:8b-9a (NRSV).

There are very many reasons why we should feel good about life. But none of these has anything to do with the most important issue we should be thankful for—the insight of the Lord’s will; and better to do it.

That we’ve been granted the lives we have, through little self-selection of our own, is a sheer mystery. For instance—good, bad or indifferent—why did we end up with the parents we got?

The mystery of God’s will, revealed to us, is the fact that we can enjoy the full knowledge of faith, hope and love, as these combine, to enable us to live a good life.

Despite the pains of the past, we can go on with God to this full revelation: God is a wholly good. That we are made friends of God—through the crucifixion of Jesus of Nazareth—and our acceptance of the Lord’s substitution for our sins—is astounding.

This fact, alone, puts each of our pasts into true perspective. Nothing can defeat us; not now.

Truly, how good is God?

© 2011 S. J. Wickham.

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