I was reading a book by Max Lucado called You’ll get through this: hope and help for turbulent times. One of the chapter’s asked “Is God good when life isn’t.” We all praise God when things are going well. For example, maybe you’re child is sick and you have been praying for a healing. God answers your prayer and child is healed. We say “Thank you God. You are so good!” But, what happens if your child did not survive. Is God still good?
Sometimes we try to bargain with God. “Save my child.” “Heal my husband.” “Protect my job.”
When God fails to meet our requests, we are left spinning in a tornado of questions. Is he good at all? Is God angry at me? Is he confused? Does he not want to answer my prayer? The main question is where is God in all of this? Did he just disappear? Is he disappointed with me?
God will permit tragedies to happen and let the devil have his way at times, but he never lets him gain victory. Romans 8:28 tells us that “we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose” (NIV). God promises to restore beauty for ashes in “all things,” not “each thing.” Even though you are going through trials that may be evil. The ultimate completion is good.
There aren’t any stories in the Bible that would make us think a famine, a terrorist attack, or a famine are good.
These are all unpleasant adversities, but particular stories just like Joeseph’s, compels us to believe that God will take your trials and mix them with other factors and bring them out for good.
Our definition of good are our health, finances, recognition, and comfort. Instead of using our definition, we must let God define good. For God his definition in regards to his son Jesus Christ, is although you may experience struggles, storms, and death. God will work it all together for the greatest of good: his glory and our salvation.
Have a blessed day!
Lucado Max. 2013. You’ll Get through this: hope and help for turbulent times. Nashville, Tennessee. Thomas Nelson Inc.