God is good all the time. All the time God is good. No matter what. Can you claim that truth today?
God is good all the time is a familiar refrain and statement of praise. The first statement is usually followed by the second, all the time God is good.
No matter what.
Wait…are you saying???
Yep. That’s exactly what I am saying. No matter what.
Your current situation or present circumstances may not be something you consider praiseworthy. Matter of fact, your life might be a downright mess. Yet, God remains good all the time. You may be grappling with an unexpected difficulty or hardship. Still, all the time God is good.
Your life may be all that with gravy. You’ve got plenty to praise the Lord over. You’re living proof God is good all the time and that all the time God is good. And that’s alright. Praise God, Hallelujah that your life is rocking along and everything is groovy. That’s a good thing and worth praising the Lord for.
But, at times, we’re not all living the high life. Roads get rocky. Treacherous even. Valleys can be hard to endure. We find ourselves in the desert, thirsty and hungry for God.
Things don’t always go our way or the way we planned them. Life deals us unexpected hands.
And God remains good…all the time…no. matter. what.
Don’t be discouraged or dismayed. Do not be frightened or fret over things you cannot change or control. Have the courage to change the things you can and find the wisdom to know the difference.
God’s goodness is not dependent on our situation. He is good. It is the essence of who He is. That doesn’t change every time the wind blows in a different direction. God’s goodness is not dependent on us either. That’s a relief. God is good, even if you and I fall short of being the person He intended us to be. And let’s face it—oftentimes, we fall way short.
Because of God’s goodness, there is hope. There is redemption. We can inherit the crown of salvation through no doing of our own but solely because God, in His infinite goodness, grants it to us through His son, Jesus Christ. We’ve simply got to be willing to unwrap the gift of grace He has delivered to our front steps. God’s goodness grants us mercy and delivers justice. It gives us hope and wraps us up in His steadfast love.
The Bible shares the story of Job with us. Job, Scripture tells us, was blameless and upright, a man who feared God, and turned away from evil. Yet, his life was turned upside down, torn apart, and completely wrecked. Yet, Job did not waver in his conviction that God was a good and accepted whatever cards where dealt him. Did he struggle with his life crumbling around him? Certainly. But he remained steadfast in his faith, trusting that the Lord was good regardless of the circumstances Job faced.
9 Then his wife said to him, Do you still hold fast your integrity? Curse God and die. 10 But he said to her, You speak as one of the foolish women would speak. Shall we receive good from God, and shall we not receive evil? In all this Job did not sin with his lips.
Job 2:9-10 (ESV)
The prophet Jonah was so convinced of God’s goodness that he chose to run the opposite direction because Jonah did not want to see his enemies saved. God’s goodness prevailed in the end.
My Dad struggled with the goodness of God. He grew up in World War 2 Germany and saw things no child should see and experienced hardships no kid should endure. I know that caused my Dad to question how a good God would allow such terrible evil. And that’s true for many of us. We have a hard time understanding how God is good when there is so much bad in the world. We must remember that this world is not the way God created it. The world God made was perfect and free from sin. He did not introduce sin into the world. We did, through Adam and Eve, first and then through every generation since. In fact, in His goodness, God, through His son, Jesus, secured victory from this fallen world for all of us. Mind-boggling, I know. Yet, true.
God is good all the time and all the time God is good. No matter what.
The Devotional Guy™