In my life group a few weeks ago, we were talking about how God is working in our lives and what we’ve learned in the past year. To me, my lesson sounds a bit silly and juvenile because it seems so basic but this lesson is oh so sweet and precious to me.
God has taught me that He is good. Please pause and reflect on this. Do you know that God is good? Do you truly understand down to your soul that God is good? I knew He was supposed to be and that the Bible shows us that He is good but in the past year He has shown me and demonstrated His goodness over and over until it became a song in my heart. I see His goodness and grace everywhere.
“Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good.”
– Psalm 107:1
You always hear people tell you that God is good but so many of us have blinders on and don’t see or recognize His goodness in action. Last year, He brought me to my breaking point and revealed my weaknesses. I did not see His goodness then. All I saw were my hopes and dreams crashing and burning because I simply couldn’t keep going. I was exhausted, angry and broken. My prayer journals are sporadic from January to May of last year but my entries reflect my fluctuation from anguish to anger. I didn’t realize that God was at work for me. All I saw were more unanswered prayers and broken dreams.
Hindsight is 20/20 and I can now see how God was working and how good He truly is. He was preparing me for a new journey. He was trying to close the door on my current career and I was pushed up against the door, trying to squeeze back in. No wonder why it hurt so much! He was working on my heart and helping me break down strongholds, like false idols and unhealthy relationships, while building up my faith, healthy relationships and my obedience. He was teaching me His goodness but I was blind.
He prepared me to fulfill a dream I’d forgotten I had. He showed me that His timing is perfect and everything goes according to His plan. I was concerned about leaving my family and friends, not only for my own security blanket but also because I wouldn’t be there if something happened. Guess what? Bad things have happened while I’ve been gone, but God has provided. God is good and He has taken care of my family and friends. He has made sure that I am taken care of here.
“And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.”
– Romans 8:28
He has shown me my sins but not with condemnation but with love. He has blessed me beyond my wildest dreams while challenging me to obey in ways I could not have imagined and know that I could not have done without Him.
God is good. Bad things happen but I believe that is because we don’t understand the purpose. Sometimes we won’t know why they happened. Sometimes they will cut us to our soul. I don’t want to make anyone’s pain or loss sound trivial because it isn’t but I know that God is good and what He has happen is not to hurt us.
God is good even when life is not. How is God working in your life? Do you truly believe that God is good?
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