Since everything God created is good, we should not reject
any of it but receive it with thanks ~ 1 Timothy 4:4 NLT
I just had a difficult conversation with a dear friend who has been going through a very painful time. Like her, in those times we naturally want to ask God, “Why?” When the answer isn’t obvious, Isaiah 55:8,9 tells us that God’s ways and thinking are not like our own, but “higher” and “beyond anything you can imagine”. So how do we get comfortable with those lingering “why’s”?
It seems the Bible repeatedly shifts our attention from the unanswered question to who God is in those times. Among his infinite qualities, he is loving, faithful, always for us and on our side, unchanging, sovereign and always good. If he is good, then it follows that all that he does is good. In Genesis, he called all he had created good. He even pronounced us good in the Garden before Satan tempted us to disobey.
There is evidence of God’s goodness wherever we look. We can look back into our own lives and see he chose us and saved us and has a wonderful plan for our eternal lives. That is certainly good! He knows the beginning from the end, has promised to go before us and guard our backs, and places his hand of blessing upon our heads. (Ps.139:5) His natural creations on earth and the endless, mysterious cosmos that gloriously surrounds us are very good. I think if we look with his eyes we can see evidence of his goodness wherever we look.
If his works prove his goodness, that should reassure us when we lose our way. In the darkness in which we temporarily find ourselves, we can remember that even the darkness is light to our Lord, and he is always with us to guide us through into his glorious light. We are safe in his care, and we can claim his promises, then stand back, and see him answer our prayers. Our God is very GOOD!
Where do you see evidence of God’s goodness in your life today?
Dear friends, when you are tempted to get lost in the “why’s”, be blessed with confident hope knowing that you belong to a good God, who loves you, delights in you and wants to shower you with his blessings. Look to him expectantly and recognize and be comforted by the evidence of his goodness every day. Amen.
Mary Sumner ~ November, 2020