God is Good
Good is God--have been a major stumbling block for me. It has not been an easy step to reconcile the Goodness of God with the plight of many in this fallen world. In Sunday's sermon, I was reminded that I am not the one to set the meter for what is good and what is not. My qualifications for goodness are not those of God. Once again, I have set myself upon the throne by dictating the definition of goodness and regarding His actions with disparaging leeriness.
Among God's attributes---or the qualities of His character which NEVER change--He consistently maintains each of those traits---in the beginning and in the end-through all that the world and man throws at us---is His goodness, and even when we know that God allows bad things to happen to us---He is Good. My daily struggle--I have to begin again each and every morning--has been the acceptance of His goodness. When others are proudly claiming His goodness in their answered prayers--their life accomplishments---their prosperity---it has left me questioning---Why not me? If I saw a consistent pattern of extolling God's goodness while in the midst of struggle-
-perhaps that would have made it easier to accept His goodness while looking at my life and the lives of many others in similar places--but only rarely do I see "My life is a mess, but God is good" boldly proclaimed. Thus --I stumble.
My daily reconcilement of God's goodness and life's messes has finally come through Trust---Trust based upon faith---faith based upon experience. Through experience I have learned that God has faithfully been present--even in the storms and disasters----through my faith that God always is here by my side---I have learned I can trust him---because I can trust Him---I know and believe that He is good---In all this mess---when times look bleak--in the losses---in the pain--in the suffering--I trust He is good---AND ALL is ultimately for His good purpose---
I do not question any of the other of God's attributes. Each of these attributes he consistently reflects---and He is these attributes---they are Him--He NEVER changes and does not waver from Whom He is. If I accept and believe God is what He claims and has shown us in the Scripture---then I must accept He is good. In His goodness---He understands my struggle---and loves me in the midst of my doubt---for after all--He IS GOOD!
"Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good. His love endures forever."