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Whatever is good and perfect is a gift coming down to us from God our Father, who created all the lights in the heavens. He never changes or casts a shifting shadow.

In the world of this present dispensation there is a lot of sin, evil, and temptation. If there is anything good in it, then from whence did it come? Obviously, it didn't come from hell, the abode of evil personified, and it didn't come from the earth itself, for it is the abode of fallen humanity, so it must have come from another place. It must have come from above. Our verse for today makes it plain: if there is anything good in this broken world we live in, then it must have come from God in heaven. It must have come from God, because God is good.

The Bible is full of passages that proclaim or imply the goodness of God. First of all, God is good because He is the creator of a good universe. He Himself proclaimed it to be good (Genesis 1). Indeed, as our verse for today implies, since He is the creator of all the starry lights in the heavens, then He must be good. After all, in the Bible light is symbolic of everything that is holy and pure (see, for example, I John 1:5). Secondly, God is good not only because He is the creator, but also because He is the redeemer: "O Lord, you are so good, so ready to forgive, so full of unfailing love for all who ask for your help" (Psalm 86:5). God is good because He did not give up on His fallen creation. Instead, He put in place a plan of redemption.

In every way and every respect, therefore, God is good. That's why Jesus could say of God, "'Only God is truly good'" (Mark 10:18).

Further, God's goodness is something you can rely upon. This is because God never changes. That is, His revealed character traits never change, including His trait of goodness. The goodness of His dealings with humankind does not vary from moment to moment as do shadows that shift around. Everything that He does, in other words, is always good.

Today, expect good from God. Expect that He will do right by you. When you turn to Him, expect good and perfect gifts to come from Him.

Bible in a Year
Old Testament Reading
Nehemiah 4, 5, 6


Nehemiah 4 -- Work on Walls Is Ridiculed; Opposition Overcome

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Nehemiah 5 -- Nehemiah Abolishes Debt, Mortgage, and Bondage

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Nehemiah 6 -- Sanballat's Plot; Completion of the Wall

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New Testament Reading
Acts 2:14-47


Acts 2 -- The Holy Spirit Comes at Pentecost, Peter Preaches, Believers Gather

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Reading Plan Courtesy of Christian Classics Etherial Library.
Tyndale Life Application Daily Devotion
But many who are the greatest now will be least important then, and those who seem least important now will be the greatest then.
Insight
Jesus turned the world's values upside down. Consider the most powerful or well-known people in our world. How many got where they are by being humble, self-effacing, and gentle? Not many! But in the life to come, the last will be first—if they got in last place by choosing to follow Jesus.
Challenge
Don't forfeit eternal rewards for temporary benefits. Be willing to make sacrifices now for greater rewards later. Be willing to accept human disapproval, while knowing that you have God's approval.
Morning and Evening by Spurgeon
Psalm 12:1  Help, Lord.

The prayer itself is remarkable, for it is short, but seasonable, sententious, and suggestive. David mourned the fewness of faithful men, and therefore lifted up his heart in supplication--when the creature failed, he flew to the Creator. He evidently felt his own weakness, or he would not have cried for help; but at the same time he intended honestly to exert himself for the cause of truth, for the word "help" is inapplicable where we ourselves do nothing. There is much of directness, clearness of perception, and distinctness of utterance in this petition of two words; much more, indeed, than in the long rambling outpourings of certain professors. The Psalmist runs straight-forward to his God, with a well-considered prayer; he knows what he is seeking, and where to seek it. Lord, teach us to pray in the same blessed manner.

The occasions for the use of this prayer are frequent. In providential afflictions how suitable it is for tried believers who find all helpers failing them. Students, in doctrinal difficulties, may often obtain aid by lifting up this cry of "Help, Lord," to the Holy Spirit, the great Teacher. Spiritual warriors in inward conflicts may send to the throne for reinforcements, and this will be a model for their request. Workers in heavenly labor may thus obtain grace in time of need. Seeking sinners, in doubts and alarms, may offer up the same weighty supplication; in fact, in all these cases, times, and places, this will serve the turn of needy souls. "Help, Lord," will suit us living and dying, suffering or laboring, rejoicing or sorrowing. In him our help is found, let us not be slack to cry to him.

The answer to the prayer is certain, if it be sincerely offered through Jesus. The Lord's character assures us that he will not leave his people; his relationship as Father and Husband guarantee us his aid; his gift of Jesus is a pledge of every good thing; and his sure promise stands, "Fear not, I will help thee."

Daily Light on the Daily Path
Philippians 4:6  Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.

Psalm 16:1,2  A Mikhtam of David. Preserve me, O God, for I take refuge in You. • I said to the LORD, "You are my Lord; I have no good besides You."

Matthew 6:7  "And when you are praying, do not use meaningless repetition as the Gentiles do, for they suppose that they will be heard for their many words.

Romans 8:26  In the same way the Spirit also helps our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we should, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words;

1 Timothy 2:8  Therefore I want the men in every place to pray, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and dissension.

Ephesians 6:18  With all prayer and petition pray at all times in the Spirit, and with this in view, be on the alert with all perseverance and petition for all the saints,

Matthew 18:19  "Again I say to you, that if two of you agree on earth about anything that they may ask, it shall be done for them by My Father who is in heaven.

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