Devotions

Good Is From God

3 John 1:11 (NIV):  Dear friend, do not imitate what is evil but what is good. Anyone who does what is good is from God. Anyone who does what is evil has not seen God.

In 1859 Charles Darwin published The Origin of Species and the world changed. The Theory of Evolution was popularized by that book. Evolutionary principles perpetuated around the globe and soon became not just theory, but accepted fact. I believe that it even led to the story on the cover of Time Magazine in 1966, “Is God Dead?”

I am going to make a bold statement, at least for some: If the theory of evolution is true, then God is indeed dead.

If evolution is true, and random chance is all that there is, then there is no such thing as good or evil. There is no basis for morality or ethics. The only thing that matters is the will of the powerful. In other words, might makes right.

Wow. I shared that. Was that an evil assertion? I think not. I think not because I actually know that the theory of evolution is a lie. The math doesn’t add up. It is not improbable. It is impossible. To learn more get Eric Metaxas’ book, Is Atheism Dead?  

The above verse talks about good and evil. Really, the only way to understand good and evil is by understanding God. I really like John’s assertion, “Anyone who does what is good is from God.” The reason is that God is good (see Psalm 107:1).

It is so easy for me to imitate what is evil. All I have to do is look at the world. For me to imitate what is good I need a standard. The standard for good is God. Period.

As I am challenged to imitate the goodness of God, I am so thankful that I can learn about Jesus in the Bible. Jesus, the Second Person of the Triune God, is Who I imitate. Any good I have in me, is because good is from God.

Prayer: Most Holy, Loving, and Good God, I am so amazed that You made me in a way that I can imitate good by looking at Jesus. Everyday may I let go of evil and embrace good as I submit to You.

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