Today's encouragement comes from 1 Timothy 4:4a, where we read these words:
"For every creature of God is good . . . "
This is a refreshing doctrine (above). Every single created being and thing is good, (even mosquitos—if we can believe that[!]). Of course, fallen sinners have managed to foul-up and idolatrize virtually every good thing God creat-ed. But this in no way detracts from the intrinsic goodness of everything God made.
False religion leaves people feeling sick and uneasy. This is because it seeks to gain God's approval through denigration of the good things God created, viz. by requiring people to abstain from them, or using them in a perverse way. The True Religion is able to enjoy *everything* God made; and do so to Christ's honor and glory.
[Puritan quote of the day: "The Lord gives double pay. He gives great rewards in His service here—and afterwards He refreshes us with the delights of para-dise which are without intermission and expiration.” —Thomas Watson, in, "The Fight of Faith Crowned"]