God is GOOD--I touched on this in a previous post. The upshot, in the vernacular, is that God is perfect and always makes the right decision (not only the right, but the best decision) for each of us in every situation, whether or not we understand what he is doing. God is good, but some days we need to exercise a fair amount of humility and trust in order to accept this truth. And when I say "fair amount," I may be making a bit of an understatement.
“Why do you call me good?” Jesus answered. “No one is good—except God alone."
I say to the LORD, “You are my Lord; apart from you I have no good thing.”
Surely your goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever.
Taste and see that the LORD is good; blessed is the one who takes refuge in him.
The LORD is good to all; he has compassion on all he has made.
1 Peter 2:2-4
Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation, now that you have tasted that the Lord is good.
God is GRACIOUS--God favors us with good gifts that we do not deserve and could never hope to earn.
But you, Lord, are a compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness.
The LORD is gracious and righteous; our God is full of compassion.
Yet the LORD longs to be gracious to you; therefore he will rise up to show you compassion. For the LORD is a God of justice. Blessed are all who wait for him!
He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things?
For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God.
Next up, H.