God is good. It’s such a short and easy phase, but sometimes it’s a mountain to say. Sometimes the gap between where we are and believing God’s goodness is too vast a distance to cross on our own. There is this inner voice that wants to dispute the fact that God is good. Most atheist are atheist not because they don’t believe in God, but because they can’t accept that God is good. They were hurt or angry over some tragedy or heartache. How could God allow innocents to be killed? How can human trafficking exist if God is God? If God existed and He is good…why did this happen? How could God have allowed it? Maybe it was just a tremendously unfair situation like losing a job after dedicating a decade to the company or having everything being lost in a natural disaster. Does anyone deserve cancer? Or deserve a child with special needs? I think all of us have asked how can God be good when we live in a world that is cruel and unfair. This life can be devastating.
GEN 3:3-5 ESV
but God said, ‘You shall not eat of the fruit of the tree that is in the midst of the garden, neither shall you touch it, lest you die.'” But the serpent said to the woman, “You will not surely die. For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”
This is the knowledge that separated us from God in the very beginning and it still separates us from Him now. You see we weren’t made for evil. We were created for the eternal instead of death. We weren’t made to endure an unjust world. And this is why we struggle with it. We were made for good. We can’t understand God as good because we have never lived in the world God intended for us. And we now blame God for that. We are sons and daughters of a man and woman who made a mistake. They opened the path for evil. All of creation was punished for this mistake. Creation is longing for our restoration.
“For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us. For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the sons of God. For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of him who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself will be set free from its bondage to corruption and obtain the freedom of the glory of the children of God.”
ROM 8:18-21 ESV
I don’t know when it happened over these past few weeks, but I began to feel disconnected from God. I was grand central blah. And then worship happened this past Sunday. We sang King of my Heart by John Mark Macmillan. In this song the chorus goes,” You are good, good oh.” and it repeats that over and over. There is something amazing and supernatural that happens within us when we confess that God is good. Its that we know good and evil and we confess that God is good. We are in agreement with the truth of His nature. And His goodness is true dispute the evil that exists in this world. Its agreeing with the hope that there is something different and unaffected by the wickedness that exists.
And it still doesn’t make it easy to confess when we are broken. When we are an open wound laid bare to this troubling world. But this is exactly when we must come into agreement with the reality of who God is. And He is good. Say it. Say it out loud. Confess to this world and your situation that God is good. This is a faith bomb planted at ground zero. The target is the heart of your circumstances. It says God is still God and our trials won’t change that.