The Lord is good – in Him is all good.
We can rest in Him with the peace of mind that we are good only because the Lord is good and we receive our goodness from Him. We may be good outside of the Lord but it serves all to understand that goodness is a relative one and its flame is kindled with straw rather than sustained with wood.
Our favorite spot of rest was, and is for the non-believer relief in goodness. I believed if I was good then I was justified in my life under God. Realize that we cannot sustain a goodness that is not from God. It is the favorite excuse for anyone who will not come to God through Jesus Christ and it is self-satisfying and unbased. It is not hard to comprehend that for each person walking on this earth, a level of goodness exists. The level of goodness varies like our opinions. Some may agree on some things but adversity creates a new path. This means, if we do not agree with what we hear, then we adopt a worldview we can grasp onto and live by. This idealism is not solid and not centered.
In God we are good from our single source. Our Father in heaven, His Son – our Advocate, and the Spirit who guides us. Our works outside of Him are good but not sustainably so because we draw upon a reason that is our own or a medley of bits and pieces of the thoughts or idealisms of others. We all will rise to a level of goodness but will never be good with a spiritual center who is God.
In Jesus we repent and ask Him to come into our life leaving our self, leaving our reason. Our life is built upon the Rock who is unswaying. This is a centered goodness. All else is relative and soon will dilute all man’s thinking as the world will influence and dictate. This dilution will be a sorry end for the world and the ignorance of this path will eventually be revealed.
Pray hard for those who are good but do not draw upon God for their goodness. I pray we draw our goodness from Jesus who is our Saviour. I pray we base our works on our faith. I pray our faith strengthens through our outward fellowship and our inward relationship with God our Father through Jesus Christ – Love and goodness, meek and strong.
For the LORD is good;
His mercy is everlasting,
And His truth endures to all generations.