“We know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” ~ Romans 8:28
This is a tough one. For so many of people, “good” isn’t the first thought that we have when we think about God. We have been wounded by the world. We have experienced hurt at the hands of people who call themselves Christians. We look out and see so many bad things going on around us that it’s hard to say that the person in charge of all of that is good.
But he is.
If it is critical that we avoid a limited view of God, it is of utmost importance that we believe in a God who is good.
Because he is.
One of the questions that comes up when discussing matters of faith with nonbelievers is “If God is good, why do bad things happen?” I would counter that with “Why do good things happen?” It’s amazing that good exists in the world at all. If there wasn’t a God, there’s no need for good. Think about it. Without a God, everyone would be out for themselves. The whole world should be all Lord of the Flies.
But it’s not. Good continues to happen, even in the darkest places. And it keeps on happening. Look around. There are crazy good beautiful things out there, like fireflies and babies and sunsets.
The fact that there’s good at all in the world is evidence that we live under the rule of a Good King. And he has a perfect plan for the world, including a happy ending. And if you trust him with your life, he has a happy ending in store for you. To quote from John Lennon, “It’s going to be OK in the end. If it’s not OK, it’s not the end.”
There may be some stormy weather ahead, but always remember that we live under friendly skies. God is good. And if we make him Savior and Lord of our lives, he has good things in store for us.
“We know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” (Romans 8:28)
Claim that truth for your life.