Be Good, for Goodness Sake!

Bible:

Then Bildad the Shuhite answered and said:
if you are pure and upright,
surely then he will rouse himself for you
and restore your rightful habitation.
And though your beginning was small,
your latter days will be very great. Job 8:1, 6-7 ESV

For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. For one will scarcely die for a righteous person—though perhaps for a good person one would dare even to die—but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Since, therefore, we have now been justified by his blood, much more shall we be saved by him from the wrath of God. For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, now that we are reconciled, shall we be saved by his life. More than that, we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation. Romans 5:6-11 ESV

Reflection:

He sees you when you’re sleeping.
He knows if you’re awake.
He knows if you’ve been bad or good,
So be good, for goodness sake!

Some children think that if they want Santa Claus to give them lots of nice presents, they have to be very good. If they are especially good, then Santa Claus will be good to them. If they are bad, then maybe they might not get any presents from Santa at all. Maybe they’ll just get a lump of coal.

Job’s friends thought God was like that. They thought that if people want to get good things in their lives, then they have to be good. If they can be especially good, then God will give them all kind of blessings. Job’s problem, they thought, was that he had done something bad. If he would do good things, then God would give many blessings back to Job.

We sometimes think of God like this too. We think we can please God by being good, and then God will bless us. If we don’t have God’s blessings, it must mean we haven’t been good enough. Thankfully, this isn’t true. We can never be good enough for God or deserve any of his blessings, but God loves us very much. He gives us good things because he loves us. The best thing God gives us is his Son, Jesus. Jesus died for us even though our sins had made us God’s enemies. Jesus brought us back to our Heavenly Father, who gives us good things every day because he loves us.

Prayer:

Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for you love, and for all the blessings you give us. Thank you especially for giving us Jesus, our Savior. In His Name, Amen.

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