In Genesis 1, which talks about God’s creation of this world, there is one theme that is held constant in His creation: goodness. Throughout the chapter (Genesis 1: 3, 10, 12, and so on), we hear: “He saw that it was good.” This is the first instance of the idea of goodness in the Bible, or an idea that implies right and wrong. So we read this chapter, we see goodness. And we see that this goodness comes from God. Therefore, we are introduced to one of the first mentioned character traits of God: His goodness.
This idea that God (and His will, plans, and Word) is good is one of the most integral foundations of our faith, and is one that keeps coming back to my mind and heart as I meditate on God’s world. But this idea can often be one of the first that is challenged. We can see this in Genesis 3, when the serpent tempts Eve.
Genesis 3:6 says, “So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was desired to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate.”
The moment Eve took of the fruit and ate it, sin entered the world. But what’s interesting, as one Desiring God devotional reminds us, is that Eve did not question what is and is not good. She did not have any ill intentions, or a desire to do what was wrong in God’s eyes. Instead, she fell for the idea that there can be good from a source other than God. This idea is a deception that is still present today. So often, we see something that looks good (and is likely intrinsically good), and we try to get it without God.
So I ask, what good things in this world are you desiring right now? Maybe you desire money, a relationship, marriage? These are all good things in and of themselves. The question is: are you seeking these right now, when know that they are not God’s will for you?