Tuesday, June 03, 2008

He IS good

From last night’s reading of Morning and Evening

He is indeed my Master in both senses, a ruling Master and a teaching Master. I delight to run upon his errands, and to sit at his feet. I am both his servant and his disciple, and count it my highest honour to own the double character.

In my experience, I have found him good, so good, indeed, that all the good I have has come to me through him. He was good to me when I was dead in sin, for he raised me by his Spirit’s power; he has been good to me in all my needs, trials, struggles, and sorrows. When he teaches me as my Rabbi, he is unspeakably good, his doctrine is divine, his manner is condescending, his spirit is gentleness itself.

Condescending is normally seen as a negative thing, but how glorious it is when a holy and righteous God condescends to us! He owes us nothing, yet sent His Son “to be the atoning sacrifice for our sins” (1 John 4:10) all because He loves us.

Over on his blog, Jacob also reflected on the goodness of God in Psalm 23…

Looking back over the course of the Christian's life, the regular blessings of God should cause you to look to the future with the firm conviction that the very same God will continue to bless you and supply your needs, all the days of your life.

As C.S. Lewis put it in one of my favorite quotes from The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, “He is not safe, but he is good.” He is good, friends. I certainly don’t know why, for I in no way deserve or can earn His goodness, yet He heaps it on me “all the days of my life.” (Ps. 23:6)


Jacob said...

Thanks for the link.

So I've bought Mornings and Evenings for several people but do not yet own a copy of it myself. Maybe I should get around to fixing that.

Elizabeth said...

You're welcome.

I enjoy reading it...had gotten out of the habit for awhile, but am now back into it. There are some times when I don't quite get his point, but overall it's a good book. Who knows, maybe your next used bookstore adventure will yield a copy of it; I got mine at Goodwill for just a few bucks.