When God was done with creation he said everything was good. Wait a minute. Perhaps that’s a mistake. Let’s check scripture.
And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day. Genesis 1:31
Perhaps God made some stuff after the sixth day. No that can’t be, He rested on the seventh day. (Genesis 2:2) Adam and Eve were very good! Our design is good. It is absolutely splendid. Surely we were designed to please God. It is why we can run, leap, build, draw, invent, sing, write, think and do so many more wondrous things. We were made in His image to be something wonderful. What happened? We have the ability to take what was meant for good and turn it into something terrible. We often call this sin. God is not responsible for this, we are.
Yet in His great mercy he saw fit to pay the price for sin. Jesus did this on Calvary long ago when He was crucified, dying a horrific death. Now we can be saved by believing in Him and accepting him as our lord and Savior.(John 3:16) Once we are saved, do we automatically perform with perfection, producing only good works, everything beautiful and wonderful, like straight A students? It turns out we are still capable of turning really good things into really bad things.
Good becomes bad when we take our strength, and hurt instead of help. It is when we use our mouths to insult and destroy instead of building up and teaching. It is when we use sex as a business, to control, or to feed our lust instead of showing our spouse love. It is when we use our minds for plans of deception and the invention of weapons instead of solutions. Then we no longer please God, the God who in all His love carefully prepared a world that was good and then formed us in His image, to be companions and even more to be His children.
Let us spend our days being what God intended. Let us use our incredible minds, our mouths, our strengths and so many gifts to make the world better and the lives of those around us happier. May God give us the power to be the good He saw when He first formed us.
For everything created by God is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving, for it is made holy by the word of God and prayer.