Then I am challenged.
Should those same words not pass through the mouth when things don't seem to be going right? Answers to prayers seem silent or even opposed to what was hoped for, continuing illness with no restoration in sight, death of someone way before what seems their time, tragedy strikes...
Do things and situations alter the goodness of God?
Does God simply just do good? or is He good?
In the classic by C.S. Lewis "The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe", Aslan represents Jesus. Mr. and Mrs. Beaver begin describing Aslan to the children, and this is part of their conversation:
“Then he isn’t safe?” said Lucy.
“Safe?” said Mr Beaver...; Who said anything about safe? ‘Course he isn’t safe. But he’s good. He’s the King, I tell you.
Jack Modesett Jr. gives this definition of the goodness of God:
"Wise enough to know what's best for me.
Loving enough to want what's best for me.
Strong enough to do what's best for me.
Gracious enough to give me all that goodness would provide."
And then I consider the words of God Himself:
"Taste and see that the Lord is good. Oh, the joys of those who take refuge in him!" ~Ps. 34:8 (NLT)
"The Lord is good to everyone. He showers compassion on all his creation." ~Ps. 145:9 (NLT)
Circumstances of this fallen world do not change the goodness of God.
Being good is not something God does, rather something He is.
Good or bad, ecstatic or tragic... God is Good!
It is part of His character. Just plain who He is... all the time.
God IS Good.
We have situations that we are working on sorting and processing through. Not ones I would have personally chosen, but ones that are ours nonetheless. I knew this was a perfect time to put this truth to practice in my heart.
"Even now, in the middle of this...God, You are still good."
What about you? Have you ever thought or been challenged to remember the goodness of God, even when it appears that things are not going so well? Or especially when things aren't going so well?
When was the last time you were reminded and able to say that God is good? Not finishing the sentence with "when"...
Instead, just using these three words to sum it all up.
God IS Good.