James 1:17 says every good thing comes from God.

James doesn’t say most good gifts are from God. He says every good and perfect gift comes from God. This means, regardless of appearances, there is nothing good for us outside of God’s will. It doesn’t matter how good or sensible something looks, how happy or successful it makes us, how spiritual it appears, or how accepted it may be. If it is contrary to God’s will, it will bring sorrow to our lives in the end. Think about Adam & Eve in the garden of Eden and the forbidden fruit….

If we believe this, then we need a better source for our standard of good. We can’t rely on human wisdom or popular opinion. We need something we can depend on to direct us toward what pleases God. And in the Bible, we have that source. Scripture teaches us what is true and shows us what is right so we don’t fall for a counterfeit form of good.

“All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:” 2 Timothy 3:16


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