The Navigators – Jerry Bridges – Holiness Day by Day Devotional – Unquestionable Love

Today’s Scripture: Psalm 145:17

“The Lord is . . . kind in all his works.”

The apostle John said, “God is love” (1 John 4:8). This succinct statement, along with its parallel one, “God is light” (1 John 1:5; that is, God is holy), sums up the essential character of God, as revealed to us in the Scriptures. Just as it is impossible in the very nature of God for him to be anything but perfectly holy, so it is impossible for him to be anything but perfectly good.

Because God is love, an essential part of his nature is to do good and show mercy to his creatures. Psalm 145 speaks of his “abundant goodness,” of his “abounding in steadfast love” and being “good to all,” of how “his mercy is over all that he has made” (verses 7-9). Even in his role of Judge of rebellious men, he declares, “I take no pleasure in the death of the wicked” (Ezekiel 33:11, NIV).

When calamity after calamity seems to surge in upon us, we’ll be tempted to doubt God’s love. Not only do we struggle with our own doubts, but Satan seizes these occasions to whisper accusations against God: “If he loved you, he wouldn’t have allowed this to happen.” My own experience suggests that Satan attacks us far more in the area of God’s love than either his sovereignty or his wisdom.

If we’re to honor God by trusting him, we must not allow such thoughts to lodge in our minds. As Philip Hughes said, “To question the goodness of God is, in essence, to imply that man is more concerned about goodness than is God. To suggest that man is kinder than God is to subvert the very nature of God. It is to deny God; and this is precisely the thrust of the temptation to question the goodness of God.” (Excerpt taken from Trusting God)

 

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