“Behold, It Was Very Good”

A few years after we relocated, my husband insisted that we replace the laminate counter tops in our kitchen. Although it was a new home, the counters were already beginning to buckle from water around the sink area; but even more worrisome, they were simply unattractive : / ! It was a real splurge for us to select granite replacements; but then again, granite would never buckle and the counters would last forever.

I absolutely could not believe the difference the beautiful granite made in the appearance of our entire kitchen and adjoining dining room. Then I began to contemplate the origins and qualities of this remarkable material: I found that it is usually mined from deep within the earth; and, that various elements such as mica contribute to each slab’s unique appearance. I thought, “This granite might have never been quarried—it could have easily remained buried deep within the earth, never being seem by the human eye. Why did the Lord make it so attractive and useful if it most likely would never see the light of day?” Immediately Genesis 1:31 came to mind: God had completed the work of his creation; and, “When he saw all that he had made, and behold, it was very good.” Everything was very good, even the hidden treasures deep within the earth.

I had wondered why something hidden was so good and lovely; but the answer was clear…God himself had made it, and he is always good; goodness is an immutable attribute of God. In fact, every good and perfect gift is from our Heavenly Father (James 1:17). Indeed, it is impossible for it to be less than good because He is good: Romans 1: 20- “Since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made…”

PRAYER: Dear Creator Father,

Thank you for your amazing creation; your blessings are unending! Your Word says, “Great are the works of the Lord; they are studied by all who delight in them” (Psalms 111:2). Help me to always study and consider your great works, so that I may constantly take delight in the wonder and goodness of your creation.

In the wonderful name of Jesus, Amen.

A few other references that attest to the goodness of God: Psalms 34:18; 145:9; 84:11; 23:6; 86:5; & 107:1. Romans 8:28. Nahum 1:7. James 1:17