Monday, October 1, 2012

God is still good

Several weeks ago a facebook friend posted pictures of her newborn baby girl.  There were comments attached to the picture praising God for His goodness and the miracle and blessing of a new life.  And rightfully so!  Babies are a blessing and a gift from God, I know that first-hand.  But is God still good when the baby is not healthy and won't come home?

The answer, of course, is yes.  But, if you're anything like me, that answer just doesn't sit well.  God is still good even in the midst of the worst?  If you say so ...

God is good by definition (You are good and do good. Psalm 119:68).  His goodness is not dependent on our circumstances.  In the face of suffering and loss it seems like His goodness wavers.  But it does not simply because it cannot.  

The same God we praise for a new baby also takes them away.  The same God we praise for a new job also allows unemployment.  The same God we praise for His clear direction and guidance can also make the path cloudy and difficult for us.  

We must believe that God is who He claims to be; a good God with our best intentions at heart.  And how exactly does one believe it even when circumstances seem to refute that truth?  

I don't claim to be an expert or a pro at any of this.  I could be oversimplifying like crazy.  But for me, I adopt the Nike slogan and just do it.  

Sometimes it doesn't feel like God is good, but I choose to believe that He is.  I choose to believe that He knows the end of this path and good will come from it.  When my mind starts to wander down the path of questioning and doubt I make a conscious and willful decision to not let it stray that way.  It's a struggle most times, but choosing to focus on God's goodness is far safer and better than the path of bitterness.

I choose to take the sword of the spirit, which is God's word (aka Truth!), and wield it against the lies of the enemy who would otherwise have me consumed.  

God is good.  Everything He does is good.  Losing Evie will somehow result in good.  

Lord, give me strength to believe it with everything inside of me!  



2 comments:

  1. I very much enjoyed this post as well as Nicole Nordeman's song.
    Bless you my sister!

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  2. Continued prayers and thoughts for you. Hugs all around.

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