My devotion this morning addressed the goodness of God. It asked this question: “Do we believe God is good by what we see or do we believe God is good because of who He is?” I decided to honestly ask myself that question and the answer surprised me a little.
I believe that the Bible is the infallible Word of God. The Bible tells me in no uncertain terms that God is good. “And Jesus said to him, “Why do you call Me good? No one is good except God alone.” -MARK 10:18 NASB. “For You are not a God who takes pleasure in wickedness; No evil dwells with You.” -PSALMS 5:4 NASB. In addition to these verses and more like them, I have my own proof. Things God has done for me that I did not deserve – good things. The greatest of which was to die for me and save me from the penalty of my own sin. If He did nothing else for me my entire life, that alone would be enough to prove His goodness. That was not all He did though.
In addition to healing me physically from an incurable disease God has given me countless blessings, been a comfort to me innumerable times, and healed me emotionally from a very hurtful and dysfunctional past. God is good, I have no doubt, and yet . . . there are times when I don’t feel that He is being good to me. There are times when I believe God’s goodness based on what I see.
I am a fickle and unfaithful human at my core. Somehow, in spite of my hard-knock life, I am spoiled. Sometimes, when things don’t go my way, my initial reaction is that of a spoiled brat. I get angry and pitch a fit. I whine, complain, and cry out “Why?!” This is a character flaw that I am not proud of and I end up being appalled with myself when it rears its ugly head, AND it’s the truth. I KNOW that God is good. I have personally experienced God’s goodness (by my definition of “good”). What I forget is that He sees the beginning from the end and He knows what is best for me better than even I do.
When something happens to me that I perceive as “bad”, in truth, God is in control and He has a good reason for allowing it into my life. He will work it out for good somehow, whether it’s for my good or someone else’s, because HE is good. Yes, the world is full of evil and God could certainly get rid of it all in one fell swoop. I often ask myself why He doesn’t. I don’t really know the answer, but I DO know that He has a plan for this world and all of us in it. I choose to trust His plan and after the whining and complaining, I usually come to my senses and do just that – trust what I know of Him. He IS good and He DOES good.