“Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change.” (James 1:17)
“In all things God works for the good of those who love him…. For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son.” (Romans 8:28-29)
Teaching children what is good and good for them is a formidable task. Every lesson about what is good should begin and end with God. He alone is good. He does and gives only good things, because his character is infinitely and absolutely good, impeccable and unchangeable. If good is found in anyone or anything, that’s God. In fact, in order to see good at all we must first see and know God.
It’s a tough task because sin has distorted our vision of God and what is truly good. As a result, God’s goodness is questioned and challenged. Actually, questioning God’s goodness is what ushered sin into the world to begin with (“Did God really say…?” Genesis 3:1-4).
In our sin-impaired view of God and good, we’re easily convinced that what is good for us is a life free from hardship and discomfort.
But what’s genuinely good in life comes from knowing and trusting the One who is good. God sent his Son as the ultimate good gift and to show us what is good for us–that we be “conformed” to be just like Jesus.
That’s what’s truly best for every child.