What is your definition of “good?”

Be Still . . .
Devotionals for Daily Living

But as for me, the nearness of God is my good;
I have made the Lord GOD my refuge,
That I may tell of all Your works.
(Psalms 73:28 (NAS))

When you think of things that are good for you, what comes to mind?

There was a time when I thought that fame and fortune would be good for me, after all, the people who are in the spotlight and who have wealth never seem to go without! They are always getting the attention and adoration of people no matter where they may go.

I am so glad that I came to my senses!

“Why do you call me good?” Jesus answered. “No one is good–except God alone.
(Mark 10:18 (NIV))

I have learned to see things in a much different light. Perhaps I should say that I have learned to see things in the Light of Jesus Christ. The things that I used to think would be good for me I now see the “dark side” of and want nothing to do with this. If we seek after these things first, then our heart is going to strive to attain and hold on to these things no matter what the cost. Perhaps this is key to what we are told in Matthew.

For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
(Matthew 6:21 (NIV))

If we attempt to place anything before us as good except for God, then we will fall prey to the enemy and will soon start to accept that other things are good for us. When did any of these other things willingly sacrifice anything for our good? Think of what God gave to us? Did He ask anything from us before He gave it to us? Only a good and loving Father would do this. Nothing else or no one else would pay such a great price.

What is your definition of “good?”

Copyright 1998 – 2010 Dennis J. Smock
Daily Living Ministries, Inc.
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