The other Sunday I walked into church and saw ‘He is Good’ on the back wall of the stage. I loved it, as I thought about the truth of the statement later, I pondered on the word ‘good.’ Have you ever thought about the number of times we use the word ‘good’ and in how many contexts? The marvellous thing is that one always knows what someone means when they say it.
If we say someone is good we are thinking, that the person is decent, moral, and generally of good character. Someone we hold in high standing. If something is ‘good’ it is of superior quality, well made, maybe sturdy or pleasing to the eye. When we say a movie is good we might mean enjoyable, delightful, a good storyline or well filmed. We often say someone is good at their job and anyone we are speaking to understands that this ‘good’ actually means skilled, capable and competent.
A ‘good’ friend is someone who is reliable, trustworthy and a joy to be with. A good day generally means the weather is fine, pleasant, mild or sunny. We tell our children they are good when they are polite, well behaved and obedient or when they have achieved a certain goal. If we say something is good for us we mean advantageous, beneficial or of help. I could go on and on but I think you get my drift. I have never been asked, “What do you mean by ‘good’?”
The first line of a Hillsong Worship song reads:- “You are good, you are good, when there’s nothing good in me,” it’s true on both counts. It’s undeniable that God is always good. His attributes include all of the ‘above’ and so, so much more. He is totally wisdom and knowledge; He is faithful and true, gracious and full of Mercy. His love knows no bounds. He never changes and though He knows all about us and the times we are anything but good He continues to love us.
It would be ‘good’ for us to remember this Easter that our Good God has done it all. He sent his Son to pay the price for our sins and all He requires of us is to acknowledge this, say we’re sorry and embrace the love He offers.