“God called the dry ground ‘land,’ and the gathered waters he called ‘seas.’ And God saw that it was good” (Gen. 1:10, TNIV). God saw that the dry ground and the restricted waters were good. How do we see the wilderness God brings us through? How do we interpret the boundaries God has established in our lives? Until we see them as good we cannot progress any further; neither will we hear the next word that brings fruitfulness.
All through our lives God is working so that we see like him. He is continually saying, “Do you see what I see?” Our vision is often in conflict with the Lord’s. What we often label as a curse, God sees as a blessing, and what God sees as a curse we often claim as a blessing. To see as God sees is critical to spiritual growth and it is our blindness that causes us to wither away in the wilderness.
God sees the light as good, even though it startles and blinds us. God sees the dryness as good, even though it exposes our true nature. God also sees boundaries as good, even though they limited what we can do. The word “good” in Hebrew is a very simple word––tov. It does not primarily mean something that we like, rather it means something that is beneficial. A Rabbi explained it to me like this, “If the doctor needs to cut off a gangrene-infected leg, it is tov. It is not pretty, but it is necessary and beneficial.” Medicine is tov even though it may not taste good.
We are reminded of Paul’s classic words: “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose” (Rom. 8:28). All things may not be good in and of themselves. But because we are in Christ, God redeems each thing we experience and every situation we are in ––there is nothing in our lives that will ultimately harm us, it is all for our benefit. The devil can launch his greatest attack against you and God will turn it for the good. The Lord is the redeemer!
At issue in all this is the cross. The fact that both Jews and Gentiles joined together to murder the Son of God was not good. Yet the greatest of evils was turned for the good. There is nothing greater than the cross. There has been no experience––and there will never be one––where more goodness has flown out of. We are saved by Christ’s blood! His blood is good!
Prayer: Father, today let me see as you see. Open my eyes to see your goodness. Let me delight in the things you delight in. Transform my vision, in Jesus’ name!