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“The Lord is Good”

Nahum 1:7


The Lord is good!Oh, I like that! Our great God is good! Goodness is as essential to God’s Being as is his sovereignty, his justice, his truth, and his holiness. In fact, the very name “God” is an abbreviation of the word “good.” Yes, goodness is essential to God. Without it, he would not be God. John Gill rightly observed, “There is nothing but goodness in God, and nothing but goodness comes from him.” God ordains evil that he may overrule it for good (Psalm 76:10). He afflicts his children and brings many evil things upon us in providence, but he makes the evil accomplish good (Romans 8:28; Genesis 50:19-20). God must punish sin; but even his punishment of sin is good, for it is the vindication of his holiness, justice, and truth (Psalm 11:6-7). God is singularly good (Matthew 19:17), immutably good (Malachi 3:6; James 1:13-17), good in all his acts of grace (Ephesians 1:3-14), and in all his works of providence (Romans 8:28; 11:36). God is infinitely, incomparably, immeasurably, eternally good! And he is particularly, distinctly good to his own elect.




Don Fortner








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