The Story of Good – Learning to Steward the Good Within.
How you are fallen from heaven, O Day Star, son of Dawn! How you are cut down to the ground, you who laid the nations low! You said in your heart, “I will ascend to heaven; above the stars of God I will set my throne on high; I will sit on the mount of assembly in the far reaches of the north; I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will make myself like the Most High.” But you are brought down to Sheol, to the far reaches of the pit. ~ Isaiah 14: 12-15 (ESV)
“All creation is an extension of God’s flow of Good,” the Spirit said,
“Coming from His heart to His creation.
Creation is sustained by passing on that Good to others.
Eventually, Good all comes back to Us,
And we send it right out again.
One big circle of Good.”
“Good, you see, is powerful,
It keeps the whole universe,
Running smoothly like a precious timepiece,
Held in the hands of its Maker.”
“No, My dear friend,
God didn’t create Evil.
Evil is birthed whenever one,
Made in the image of God,
Decides it would be better,
To withhold God’s Good for oneself.”
“That’s what happened to Lucifer.
Made in God’s image, he decided to use his free will,
To cipher off a portion of God’s Good for himself.
In the process, his jar of stored-up Good turned rancid,
Producing an odor that spread throughout the kingdom.”
“Eventually, the un-repentant angel,
Decided he didn’t mind the smell,
Believing he could live outside the flow of God’s Good.
And look where it took him!“
“Today, in the absence of God’s flowing Good,
He has become nothing but an empty shell,”
“Void of Faith,
Void of Hope,
And maybe the saddest of all,
Void of any Love, for God, for himself or others.”
“God create Evil?”
“For heaven’s sake. No.”
“Evil is what comes when one,
Made in God’s image,
Becomes overly-infatuated with Self,”
“Stopping up the flow of Good,
Hoarding it for oneself.”
“Thus, one becomes so constipated,
It actually takes the hand of a loving God,
To set that one free.”
Ponder on these things:
What words would you use to describe something or someone evil?
Name someone or something in your life that seems to embody the word evil. Why?
What might evil look like in your life? Describe it.
Over a period of about eight weeks (3 sessions per week), we will take you on a poetic journey (26-sessions) we call The Story of Good. We suggest you bookmark our blog series homepage to keep all the writings in one place for your future reference. Take note that each blog session begins with a short scripture reading. My suggestion is that you don’t hurry through, or skip the text, but treat it as a Lectio Divina reading where you slow down and sit a bit with God’s Word, allowing it to penetrate and influence you as you read. Each session also ends with a few thoughts to ponder on. I look forward to hearing some of your insight as we journey together!
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