It’s all good!
I might be giving away my age here, but that phrase became pop culture slang in the middle of my teenage years. Typically said with twang that made the “all” sound like “awl”, the person who used the phrase was telling everyone that they were not going let a situation bring them down or derail their direction in life – even if the circumstances or news was really bad.
As cool as we thought we were for saying it, we didn’t realize that the Apostle Paul said it almost 2000 years before we did.
While instructing Timothy on how he needs to lead the church in Ephesus, Paul informs him of the following:
1 Timothy 4:4-6
For everything created by God is good, and nothing should be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving, since it is sanctified by the word of God and by prayer. If you point these things out to the brothers, you will be a good servant of Christ Jesus, nourished by the words of the faith and of the good teaching that you have followed.
Did you catch that? Everything God created is good. Going back to original creation and the Garden of Eden, at the end each day, God looked at what He created and saw that it was good (See Genesis 1). Despite the ways sin has corrupted the world, we can still approach everything through the lens of the word of God and by prayer. When we use these two tools, we can see God’s original design and intent for our lives.
Paul wants the believers in Ephesus to know this, but he also knows that they must be reminded of it. Why does Paul tell Timothy to point these things out to the brothers? Because he knows that the troubles of this sin-soaked world will skew our vision. We must keep coming back to God’s word and prayer if we’re going see properly.
Can I be honest, though? Sometimes I tire of hearing that message, even though I know it is right. It happens to all of us. Our sin-nature gets emboldened, and we resent the messenger who reminds us of our need for God’s word and prayer. Being resented can be difficult for our church leaders, even though they are correctly doing the things God has asked them to do. Paul knows this and encourages Timothy:
if you point out these things, you will be a good servant of Christ Jesus
Paul uses the same word for good here that he did earlier. So he’s essentially saying that as good as God made the initial creation and design, that’s how good of a servant Timothy will be when he carries out his mission and points the believers back to the importance of God’s word and prayer.
So we should ask ourselves:
Do I see today as something good?
Do I see my home, my family, my work, my food, and my responsibilities as something good?
Am I thankfully receiving everything from God, seeing it all through the lens of His word and prayer?
Am I resentful when someone reminds me see life through this lens?
Despite what sin-soaked mess comes our way, when we see this world from God’s vantage point, we can honestly say
It’s all good.