The goodness of God has been revealed to us through Jesus Christ. He is the door for us to enter into the promise land of God for our lives. He is the promise maker and keeper. He is faithful to bring us safely into His blessings and His kingdom.
In The Beginning
In the beginning God created the heavens and earth and all that is in them. Then He created a garden and placed man in that garden, shortly after forming Eve from the rib of Adam. In that garden He also placed two trees, the tree of life and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.
When man tasted of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil his eyes were now opened to understand both good and evil. The Lord blocked the way to the tree of life lest he should live forever.
And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, “Of every tree of the garden you may freely eat, but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat from it you will surely die.”Genesis 2:16-17
Before man was clothed in the glory of God but after tasting of this forbidden tree He had now lost this glory covering that God had given him.
The Lord God said, “The man has become like one of us, knowing good and evil. And now, he might reach out his hand, and take also from the tree of life, and eat, and live forever”—Genesis 3:22
In exchange man now understood in his mind what good and evil was. In the Book of Psalms David declares, “taste and see the Lord is good”. David had not only understood what good and evil was but also that God represents the “good” side of this tree.
In Christ, we also know that it is the “goodness of God” that draws men to repentance.
The nature of God is good. He is full of blessing and goodness. We were created to release and experience the goodness of God from the very beginning. Now, having been restored in Christ, we are the carriers of that goodness that flows from the glory of God – we being the habitations of God and restorers in the earth.
Those from among you shall rebuild the old waste places; you shall raise up the foundations of many generations; and you shall be called, the Repairer of the Breach, the Restorer of Paths in which to Dwell.Isaiah 58:12
Understand The Will Of God
If we look into the actual Hebrew language of the true meaning of good and evil we can clearly see God’s intent in us understanding that He is good and His desire for us to know His will.
If we know God is good. If we know that the will of God is connected to the nature of God’s goodness. Then we can know beyond the shadow of doubt the will of God for us through the simplicity of the definitions of good and evil as revealed in the original language of Hebrew. Here lies clarity of truth that will leave us with the greatest confidence in God’s will for us in this life and for eternity.
The Lord God planted a garden in the east, in Eden, and there He placed the man whom He had formed. Out of the ground the Lord God made to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight and good for food. The tree of life was also in the midst of the garden, along with the tree of knowledge of good and evil.Genesis 2:8-9
Evil <H7489> (ra`a`);
bad or (as noun) evil (natural or moral) :- adversity, affliction, bad, calamity, + displease (-ure), distress, evil ([-favouredness], man, thing), + exceedingly, ? great, grief (-vous), harm, heavy, hurt (-ful), ill (favoured), + mark, mischief (-vous), misery, naught (-ty), noisome, + not please, sad (-ly), sore, sorrow, trouble, vex, wicked (-ly, -ness, one), worse (-st), wretchedness, wrong.
beautiful, best, better, bountiful, cheerful, at ease air (word), (be in) favour, fine, glad, good (deed, -lier, -liest, -ly, -ness, -s), graciously, joyful, kindly, kindness, liketh (best), loving, merry,? most, pleasant, + pleaseth, pleasure, precious, prosperity, ready, sweet, wealth, welfare,
(be) well ([-favoured]).
Which side of the tree are you attracted to? Of course, the good side! Because we are created in the image of God and it is normal and natural to desire good. God is much better than we are as well.
If we desire good then how much more does He desire good for us!
It is God’s will for us to experience His goodness. Jesus gave us the prayer “deliver us from evil”. We need to understand the will of God is to know how evil is defined.
Above we clearly see that the will of God is for blessing, not anything less.
His Kingdom come His will be done on earth as it is in heaven is no longer a religious little prayer that is prayed from ignorance.? We can understand the perfect will of God.
Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is the good and acceptable and perfect will of God.Romans 12:2
We are praying heaven’s life, atmosphere, goodness and reality into the earth and earthly circumstances.
God has a most pleasant desire for us – restoration to life before the fall, experiencing the glory of His Presence and the goodness of His nature combined with His blessings.
Blessings & Suffering
For to you it was granted on behalf of Christ not only to believe in Him, but also to suffer for His sake,Philippians 1:29
Clearly we do suffer for Christ as we stand for Him but it is not a result of the curse of sin, but rather the rebellion of man against God’s own people.
Jesus suffered at the hands of wicked men who did not know God, but not because of the curse. On the cross He took the curse upon Himself that we may not experience it. He redeemed us from the curse of sin.
Something ONLY HE could do as the perfect sinless sacrifice of God.
Thanks be to God! But it is the goodness of God so abundantly poured out upon us that causes man to either gather to the cross or rebel against it and those who follow Christ. Even in the suffering for Christ the Lord delivers in many instances. But we will suffer with Him as we follow Him.
Healing, health, blessing, prosperity, joy, peace, gladness, kindness, favor and our welfare is the goodness of God and will of God for us.
He paid the price for us to experience all of these things and that we may follow His example of selfless sacrifice being a blessing to others. Jesus was anointed with the oil of joy far above his companions. (Hebrews 1:9) We are blessed to be a blessing. And we are blessed to suffer for His Name.
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