Another measure of what is good is the effect something has on our highest goal and our greatest good. The Christian finds the greatest happiness in the enjoyment of God. The joy of the true believer does not consist in an abundance of earthly pleasures or possessions, but in having God’s favor and being near to Him by faith. Anything that brings us closer to our Lord is good; anything that separates us from Him is evil. Afflictions do not take anything from us that is essential to our happiness, rather they often help us by driving us closer to God. The good of our present condition must be determined by its effect on the welfare of our eternal souls. More tomorrow.