Sunday, September 25, 2011

God Is Good...Or Is He?

Now, here’s an interesting thought.  Sometimes (though not always) we use the phrase, “God was good!” when what we really mean is, “God did what I asked Him to do!”  
Most of us have probably said something like:
“The weather looked threatening and we thought we would have to cancel our trip, but God was good!”  

How about this one:
“We almost didn’t make it to the hospital in time to have the baby, but God was good!”
I know that I have been guilty of saying this (and I may have even used that second phrase!), with an honest intention of giving God the glory for what He did in my life at that moment.  But there is one small problem.
God is always good and always doing good, even when we do not get what we want...or when we are given something we never wanted.

“You are good and do good...” (Psalm 119:68)

“For the Lord is good; His lovingkindness is everlasting and His faithfulness to all generations.” (Psalm 100:5; see also 106:1 & 107:1)
Perhaps we need to be a bit more cautious about using this phrase.  It may set us up for failure when we do not get what we asked the Lord for because, if you think about it, it seems to indicate that He is not good in that case.
What if the weather did turn bad and the trip had to be canceled?  Is God still good?  
What if the baby came before the hospital?  Is God still good?  
We know in our hearts the answer is “Yes!  He is still good.”  But how we respond reveals what we truly believe about God at that moment.  Maybe we need to remind ourselves a little more often of the fact that God is good all the time, no matter what happens -- and what doesn’t.
I’m not trying to “major on minors,” but it is some food for thought, is it not?
Delight in His Blessings,


  1. Very well written Rachel, and just what I needed to hear today :-)

  2. Thank you for your faithful encouragement, Katie. It keeps me going!

  3. God IS Good. ALL the time! :-D Thanks for the reminder!!

    It's so good to "meet" you! I'm stopping by via the Blog Bash 2011... have a BLESSED weekend!!

  4. Good to "meet" you, too Ashley! I stopped by your blogs as well -- how do you manage two on top of so many other things you are doing?! :-) Thanks for your encouragement!