God’s Favorite Adjective

Good is good enough.

Okay, I know Seth Godin (social media guru) would disagree with me here.  In our world good has come to mean average or mediocre.  However, good is actually God’s favorite adjective. I fully agree that we should reject average or mediocre work – I just think we might need to give the word “good” another chance.

Think about what the way “good”  is used in Scripture.  Here are just a few examples:

God saw all that he had made, and it was very good. And there was evening, and there was morning—the sixth day. (Gen 1:31)

For the LORD your God is bringing you into a good land—a land with streams and pools of water, with springs flowing in the valleys and hills; (Deuteronomy 8:7)

Not one of all the LORD’s good promises to the house of Israel failed; every one was fulfilled. (Josh 21:45)

“His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’ (Matthew 25:21)

So maybe we’ve got it all wrong.

Maybe good should be our highest compliment.

After all, it’s God’s favorite adjective.


“Taste and see that the Lord is good.” (Psalm 34:8)

“Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good. His love endures forever.” (Psalm 136:1)

Yes, God is good—in earth and sky,
From ocean depths and spreading wood,
Ten thousand voices seem to cry:
God made us all, and God is good.
Yes, God is good, all nature says,
By God’s own hand with speech endued;
And man, in louder notes of praise,
Should sing for joy that God is good.
For all Thy gifts we bless Thee, Lord,
But chiefly for our heavenly food;
Thy pardoning grace, Thy quickening word,
These prompt our song, that God is good.
-John Hampden Gurney