Is God good?
It can be so easy to look around at the horrors that fill this world and wonder if God is really good. Of course we don’t want to really admit that we might have such thoughts about God. We want to say, “Of course He’s good,” Even so, there are the moments in the dark when we are alone and fearful that we wonder. We wonder if we can trust this God that seems so very far away.
I have wondered at times. I have watched as people I have cared for at work suffer the most horrible deaths. I have watched friends and co-workers struggle through intense pain. In those dark times I have wondered. Is this God I love good? If he were good wouldn’t he stop these things from happening? Wouldn’t a good God be so outraged by the horror on this planet that He would step in and fix it all?
I have wondered. I have doubted.
Then I look at my own heart. I see my sin. I see my sins against my husband and my children. I see the anxiety, anger and constant need to have my own way trump the needs of others around me. I see the horror that is within me.
And I remember.
I remember that so long ago, a man came. A man who wasn’t a man. A man who was God. He broke into our existence and turned the world on its head. He spoke to the Israelites who were His chosen people and told them that an Roman soldier. A vile, hated, image of the tyranny over them, that Roman soldier had more faith than His own people. He spoke to the Jewish leaders and said they were filthy tombs. Clean on the outside, but full of dead man’s bones within. He spoke words that nobody wanted to hear.
He spoke truth.
Then He Died.
What a dark day that must have been, as all those who had begun to understand what God was doing. That God had come to be with us, and redeem us. Yet now he was. . . . dead? How could this be? They may have wondered is the God I worship good? Was I wrong about this man, Jesus?
Then the world changed forever. Jesus broke through the chains of death once in for all. This act was so powerful that it overcame all the evil, all the sin not just for that day but for ALL TIME!
Right now there is pain, right now there is heartache, right now there is darkness. But this is NOT the end of the story. God took steps to overcome this wicked world once and for all so long ago, and we are merely travelers here. This pain we live with, and the heartache we feel are merely shadows to remind us that there is something amazing waiting for us in our home. We must simply accept this gift that Jesus gave so long ago.
Is God Good? Yes.
Will we have dark days? Yes.
Does our pain change who God is? No.
Can God handle our doubts? Yes.
If you are struggling I encourage you to pour your heart out to God and let him know what is happening in your heart. Yes, He already knows what is there, but the act of revealing yourself to Him will help you. I also encourage you to seek out counseling. During times of darkness in our lives we should walk in community and not alone.
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— The Laundry Pile (@TheLaundryPile) March 11, 2015