The more and more I dwell on the idea of what is good, I come to the conclusion that we misuse a lot of 4 letter words. I posted before about good and fair, but that does not even come close.
To sum up most of my thinking it is good to start with Matt 6:25-33.
Who are you? It comes down to your priorities. Jesus said, “Seek first the kingdom of God.” Once you have that as priority number one, none of the other really matter. God’s Kingdom, His will, is the best for you. Who decides what we need and what we want? There should be no question of what is nice or hard or easy. Is it hard to follow God’s will? From whose perspective is it hard? Would it not be harder to go it your own way?
Just like I said in the other post in Romans 12:2 we must be transformed. Part of that tranformation is allowing God, and not you, define those words.
I write this from a room where the Food Network is showing. Not to fret, it is not on a TV that I have control over. But as I contemplate the idea that there is a whole network dedicated to the cooking of food, it hit me.
“Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’”
When Jesus spoke those words, His audience was concerned about whether or not they would eat or drink or be clothed. Not so much about the quality, or really even quantity, but merely the yes or no of it.
Our culture has advanced so far beyond relying on God for necessities. What does it say about us that the rewards for creating a food network for TV are greater than feeding people who do not have food?
The word which came to Jeremiah from the LORD, saying: “Arise and go down to the potter’s house, and there I will cause you to hear My words.” Then I went down to the potter’s house, and there he was, making something at the wheel. And the vessel that he made of clay was marred in the hand of the potter; so he made it again into another vessel, as it seemed good to the potter to make.
Then the word of the LORD came to me, saying: “O house of Israel, can I not do with you as this potter?” says the LORD. “Look, as the clay is in the potter’s hand, so are you in My hand, O house of Israel! Jeremiah 18:1-6
God is telling Jeremiah that he is the clay. Have you ever seen a potters wheel?
We are often “marred,” the Hebrew word is shachath, which could be translated “ruined”. But it is in those times God is most at work. If you are not dizzy, God is not at work. Get back on the wheel. God is good, all the time.