At some point in our history, the word “good” has lost its potency. When we use the word “good,” we are usually describing an item or expereince. “That was a good meal.” “That was a good book.” “I had a good day.” The use of the word “good,” in those cases, is by no means inappropriate. However, the use of the word “good” communicates that something was just…well…sufficient. In Genesis 1:31 it says, “God saw all that he had made, and it was very good.” I doubt when God stepped back from His heavenly workbench and looked at what He made He was thinking it was average. No Way! When He said it was “good,” it seems like there was a deep sense of satisfaction in His work. It was something that our Creator was very proud of. He LOVED it! The word “good” has power!
The last few months, the worship team has been singing a new song called, “Good, Good Father.” It has really struck a chord with many people in our church. I had the chance to lead this song for the 2015 Men’s Challenge in Williams, AZ, hosted by Central’s Men’s Ministry. This song impacted so many of the men up there as it really does communicate the true nature of God. I talked with many of the men up there, after introducing the song, who struggle with the idea that God is truly “good.” Most of them have negative relationships or no relationship at all with their earthy fathers. However, this song provoked many great conversations about overcoming a poor relationship with our earthly fathers because our heavenly Father is perfect. This song is very healing for those of us who can relate. He is perfect. He is good. He loves us dearly, no matter what the circumstances may be. He wants us to draw close to Him. By the the power of the death and resurrection of Jesus, we can experience His “goodness” in a very real way! He is a good Father.