“God is good, all the time” is one of those phrases you hear as people greet each other in church. It is so common that you tend to say it without really thinking about the words before they roll off your tongue.
God Is Good, All The Time
This rings true when things are going well in our lives. Right? Like if you get a promotion, start a new thriving business, or get into the school you wanted.
But does this phrase still remain true when you lose the very job that is paying the bills? Is God still good when you are not accepted in your course or your business fails?
What makes God good?
The reason I ask this question is for you to start thinking about your very own belief system. You see, if you believe God is good only when things are going the way you want, you are missing out on the goodness of God.
For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. – Matthew 6:21
If we were able to see things like God does, we would truly understand God is good all the time.
God knows where our treasures are. But He also knows our needs. Like a good parent, He provides our needs over our wants.
I found COVID19 really shook the belief systems of some Christians. People asked, If God is all-powerful, why is this happening?
Questions like these should frighten us, the church. Why? Because we still have Christians that are wavering in their faith. They have built a belief system that only good things happen.
For a believer this is true.
And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them. – Romans 8:28
God didn’t promise you will live life in a bed of roses until the end of your days.
No! But He did say everything works together for the good of those who loves God. Therefore, we are to understand when something comes along to try and shake your faith, you are able to find God’s goodness in it.
This means you losing your job, will work out for your good. You may not understand it right now, but trust God.
COVID19 is killing, stealing and destroying lives, but I want to encourage you, God is still in control and He is working all things out for good. Even in the midst of all the hurt and death from COVID19, we can see some good that is happening.
Families are being restored as moms and dads have been home to spend time with the family. Emissions has dropped due to less traffic on the roads. Less traffic means more time with the family. The air quality has also improved. These are few good things happening during this time.
But sometimes you cannot see the good…well at least physically because it is an inner good work God is doing. Others might see the good work being done in you before you see it in yourself.
What does “God is good all the time” mean?
God’s goodness is not only wrapped around in what He gives us, but also in His character of wanting what is best for us.
I have a 13-year-old son at home and his favourite pastime is playing video games. Whenever he doesn’t do his chores or his marks in school starts to slip, we take away his precious games.
At this moment of his life, his father and I are not his favourite persons. I’ve been told…” you are being extra, mom” from my dear son.
What we are trying to teach him, as his parents, completing your school work and chores needs to come before pleasure. I know he doesn’t agree with this right now, just like how you and I didn’t agree with our parents growing up, but once we become adults we appreciate the discipline we got from mom and dad and understand it was good.
We want the best for our children. And God wants the best for you.
That job you lost might not be the right one God wants for you. The business plan you created might not be the right one or the school you chosen to go to. Maybe the things you are wanting are the same things that would tear you away from God.
God is good at knowing what you need and measures your needs over your wants to provide you with the best.
Whatever you are going through know that God is good all the time.
Below are some scriptures to meditate on the goodness of God.
1) Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning. James 1:17
2) If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him! Matthew 7:11
3) The Lord, the Lord God, merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abounding in goodness and truth. Exodus 34:6
4) You also gave Your good Spirit to instruct them, and did not withhold Your manna from their mouth, and gave them water for their thirst. Nehemiah 9:20
5) The Lord is good, a stronghold in the day of trouble; and He knows those who trust in Him. Nahum 1:7
If these scriptures has helped you, share this with others to help them as well. Amen.
Elizabeth Anderson, Copyright, 2020, all rights reserved
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