God is good, all the time. All the time, God is good! All things work together for good. He is a good God. God is for my good, always for my good.
Most of us have said it at least once in our lifetime and it sounds almost empty after awhile.
Yes, the kind of statements that have turned into cliches.
We say it, recite it and we occasionally encourage others with them.
But when I think about the word good, it was not until last week I realized that my understanding of goodness is actually sort of warped.
My idea of God’s love towards me has always been wrapped around the belief that God will give me the things that will make me happy. That my desires will be met. And of course, positive and good things will happen.
I’ve never given much thought to God being good or loving towards me even in the NOs of answered prayers. Never understood the idea of God being good in the taking away of certain things or not meeting a particular desire I have.
On my bad days, I would find myself questioning how God could claim to love me and allow these things to happen. And on my really good days, I would comfort myself with the word of God.
But I’m now learning to take greater comfort in knowing that God is not being evil or uncaring towards me by letting me go through the fire.
I will make with them an everlasting covenant, that I will not turn away from doing good to them. – Jeremiah 32:40a
The problem for me has always been with truly realizing that God is good. I mean, He is truly and actually good. And that’s not just what He does but that is also who He is. God is not a bully nor does He delight in being evil.
He is a generous Father that enjoys giving good gifts to His children (Matthew 7:11).
And because He knows more than our earthly parents and can see all things, He knows more about what is best for us than we ever will. And in His kindness, He may see it fit to withhold certain things from us for our good. Even those we see otherwise.
And while we may be unable to see how He is loving us in some extremely difficult situations, the absolute truth is that He is. Our pain, difficulties and situations does not diminish His love or goodness in anyway.
Even when the enemy tries to sift us and others knowingly or unknowingly inflict pain upon us. He knows about these things beforehand and He sometimes allows them to happen because His plan is to work them out for our greater good.
And although it may not seem like it at the time, it could end up being a beautiful case of “You meant to do me harm, but God worked it out for my good” (Genesis 50:20).
How He chooses to show us His goodness is totally up to Him.
In our disappointment, He may choose to comfort us with more of Himself. He may also see it fit to build up our faith, perseverance and character without turning the situation around (Romans 5:3-4). And in His sovereignty, He may eventually turn the situation around.
He alone knows what the greater good is and that is what He will do for us.
Ours is to trust Him and lean in even when we find it difficult to understand (Proverbs 3:5).
God is good, all the time. All the time, God is good! He is a good God. All things work together for good. God is for my good, always for my good.
These statements are not just empty words, they stand true for us. May they always stand true in our lives.
What is your measure of goodness? And how have you come to understand the goodness of God towards you over the years?