Behold, one came to him and said, ‘Good teacher, what good thing shall I do, that I may have eternal life?’ He said to him, ‘Why do you call me good? No one is good but one, that is, God.'”
Matthew 19:16-17a, WEB
At first glance, in the verses above it may seem like Jesus is telling the man that He is not God, and therefore, doesn’t deserve to be called good, but in fact the Bible reveals that Jesus is God, so it was appropriate for the man to address Him as “good.” So what did Jesus’ response mean?
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Have You something I can hold on to when the wind is working to carry the trees away? And what am I to do when my boat is half sunk? I am hopeful for morning, but when it comes it brings gray No sun I can see peeking over mountains, not today.
This morning I read Psalm 18. There were many verses and phrases that I underlined while reading it, however one in particular resonated with me in a deep way…”He took me…(Psalm 18:16).” The whole verse reads, “He reached from on high, He took me; He drew me out of many waters.”
What is our deepest longing, as people? I would say that it is to be loved. I have listened to numerous testimonies by people who at one time lived as though they gave no thought to the need to be loved, when in reality, they were yearning for it on the inside.