1 Timothy 4:4-5 – For everything God created is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving, because it is consecrated with the Word of God and prayer.
God is good. Everything He creates is good. All evil in the world is just a perversion of God’s goodness. The devil cannot create anything. All he can do is take what God has already made and twist it until it becomes sin. He is a deceiver and that can make it hard for us sometimes. His plan is to make things look good on the outside so that he can trick us into doing them. Then once we are in them it is harder to get out.
That is why we must look to God. He is good and He is the creator. If it comes from God and we receive it with the right heart it will be good for us. As I mentioned before, it can be hard sometimes, since the devil is trying to lie to us and make things look good that are not. And because everything bad came from something good it can be tricky.
So how do we know the difference? How do we know what is good and what is not? For some things it is obvious, but what about the “gray” areas? Here’s the trick. First we must focus on God. If He is our primary focus then we will be sensitive to His leading and guiding. When our focus is on God we then put this verse into practice: receive everything with thanksgiving. If your heart is in the right place then your actions will be also. Bottom line: Trust God and be thankful!!