Last week’s blog, Life is Hard, hit a nerve. There was good feedback from a number of readers. But I don’t want to leave it there because that’s only half of the Truth.
The other half of the Truth is God is Good!
Psalm 136:1 Oh, give thanks to the Lord, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever.
Whenever we emphasize half of the Truth to the neglect of the other half we’re headed down a self-defeating path. Half of the Truth is never the Truth. You need it all. And what we need to balance the difficulties of life is the Goodness of God.
Which gives us some insight into why we question God when we don’t like the way life is going. It’s because we’re not focusing on all of the Truth.
There is even truth in the realization that at times God in His Goodness makes our lives hard. From the beginning Adam was expected to work (Genesis 2:15). Granted we don’t know all that entailed, and it was certainly different from the work he did after the fall (Genesis 3:17-19) but it was still work. He didn’t sit around all day sipping Mint Juleps. God expected Adam to work.
The idea of God displaying His Goodness through the Hard Times in life is even more evident after the Fall. Perhaps the clearest statement is Joseph’s explanation to his guilt-ridden brothers late in his life. After all of the hardships of life that he went through because of the hatred of his brothers, he could say God meant it for good (Genesis 50:20). That clearly implicates God in the hardships. But it was because He is Good and He was doing Good.
Even when He brings hardship into your life He is still Good.
And you can count on Him always being Good because His Goodness is based on His Character, not on your circumstances.
God can’t help being Good. It’s Who. He. Is.
That means that God always acts toward us in Goodness. It doesn’t always appear that way to us; we don’t always understand it; we don’t always like it, but it’s still true.
When someone is fundamentally Good you know that you can Trust them. You know that you can Rely on them. You know that they will Treat you Right. You know that they have your best interest at heart.
His Goodness, even in the Hard Times, is for your Good.
Yes, Life is Hard. YES, God is Good.
Stay in the Word