For the last week, I’ve been glued to the news and “praying without ceasing.” Since we just moved to the Dallas area from Houston in June, the area and the people are near to our hearts. We have been worried about neighbors, friends, and church family. Some have suffered loss of property, while others’ homes have escaped the flood waters. Some may be thinking God is good. Others, not so much.
Where is God in all of this? Has He been good to some but withheld His help from others? We are so quick to say “God is good” when things go the way we want. When we get the job. When the sick child is healed. When the water recedes. But do we still praise Him, do we still believe God is good when the flood waters rise?
The Bible teaches us that our circumstances do not dictate or define God’s goodness. God’s character dictates His goodness. God is good all the time. No matter the circumstances. God’s goodness does not depend on a dry house. A flooded home does not mean God has not been good to us. In fact, a flooded home could be an opportunity for God to demonstrate His power and grace in your life in a dramatic way.
Truths about the Goodness of God
So what? Let’s start with a correct understanding of God’s goodness. Here are a few truths from Scripture to help us:
- God’s will for our lives is always good (Romans 12:2). Sometimes – in fact, often – His will includes trials and difficulty that He uses for our spiritual refinement.
- In all things, in all circumstances, our good God is working for our good. “And 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).
- The assurance of God’s goodness enables us to “give thanks in all circumstances” (1 Thessalonians 5:18) and to declare in easy times and hard times, “God is good!”
God is Good Even if Our Circumstances Aren’t
Whether our physical circumstances are easy or difficult, how should these truths impact our daily lives? Here are a few suggestions:
- Remember that God is good all the time. Not just when things are going the way we think they should.
- Thank Him for His goodness and provision in every life situation.
- Be sensitive to those around you who are facing difficult and painful circumstances. Don’t flaunt your “better” circumstances.
- Declare His goodness in every circumstance, particularly in the hard times. Watch for His provision.
- Lean on His strength and grace in the midst of overwhelming circumstances. His power working in you will testify of His greatness to others.
- Remember that He can work in your pain and loss to bring glory to Himself.
God is indeed good all the time. He sees your every need and He cares. Lean on Him in every circumstance – good or bad. If you are able, be God’s tool to help someone else.
If your circumstances are “bad” right now, how have you seen God working in the midst of them?
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