Thursday, March 29, 2012
Is God Still Good?
"God is so good!"
How often do you catch yourself saying that? A few weeks ago it seemed like that phrase came out of my mouth every other sentence. "The sun is shining! God is so good!" or something to that effect. I love the sun, and when it's nice I just want to be outside and praising God in it. However, I hate gloominess. It is so easy for me to worship the Lord in the sun, but what about when He takes it away?
There was a man who knew this well. He had everything--family, wealth, and health--and he praised God. But then it was all taken away. This man was Job. God said of him, "there is none like him on the earth, a blameless and upright man, who fears God and turns away from evil". But God allowed him to be tested, and Satan took everything but the man's life.
When Job's property and children were taken from him, he had the opportunity to show his frustration at God, but he chose to do just the opposite. Job 1:21 says, "The LORD gave, and the LORD has taken away; blessed be the name of the LORD."
He praised God after all that? Whoa.
Constantly throughout the Old and New Testament, we see that God is good. In creation, everything He created was good. In the midst of the Israelites turning their back on Him, He was good. When He sent His Son to die on the Cross, He was good. God does not change. Even in the struggles that we face, the days that are "gloomy", God is good.
"For the LORD is good; His steadfast love endures forever, and His faithfulness to all generations."-- Psalm 100:5
"Oh, taste and see that the LORD is good! Blessed is the man who takes refuge in Him!"--Psalm 34:8
No matter where you are today, God is still on His throne, and He is still good.