Good or Very Good?

BY REV. DORAL PULLEY

“Praise ye the LORD. O give thanks unto the LORD; for he is good: for his mercy endures forever.” – Psalm 106:1

There was a physical manifestation of light as evidenced by the scripture “and there was light.” After the light manifested, God evaluated the light by seeing it and saying that “it was good.” God follows this same pattern with the water, the sky, the land, the animals and the trees.  At the close of each of the first five days of creation, God evaluates his creation and calls it good before God moves to the next day and the next creation.

When God calls one of the creations good, God is saying that it is fulfilling the purpose for which it was created. When God calls creation good, God is saying that the manifestation is adequately reflecting the original vision that God had in mind about it.

At the end of the sixth day, after God finished making man and woman, God calls these creations something different. God calls the man and the woman very good because they met different criteria.  Human beings are more than just good because they are the only creation that was made in the image and likeness of God.  Human beings are different from all other creations because we have higher level thinking skills and the ability to make decisions.  Let’s follow God’s example and have criteria for evaluating our creations to determine whether they are good or very good.

Rev. Doral Pulley is the senior pastor of Unity Temple of Truth Church, 511 Prescott St. S, St. Petersburg.

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