And all the time…God is good! We’ve all heard that saying. But, its more than just a saying. It’s also an absolute truth that we need to remember.
When everything in our life is going great-God is good. James 1:17 Every good thing given and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shifting shadow.
When we are in trouble-God is good. Nahum 1:7 The Lord is good, A stronghold in the day of trouble; And He knows those who trust in Him.
When we have need of forgiveness-God is good. Psalm 86:5 For You, Lord, are good, and ready to forgive, And abundant in mercy to all those who call upon You.
When we are downhearted-God is good. Psalm 27:13 I would have lost heart, unless I had believed That I would see the goodness of the Lord In the land of the living.
When we feel we don’t measure up-God is good. Philippians 1:6: being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ.
I think you get the gist of what I’m saying. No matter what circumstance we are in in our lives, whether good or bad, there is never a time when God is not good.
Its easy to recognize His goodness when things are going our way. When our prayers are answered, we are feeling great, our needs are met, our kids are perfect, we got to work on time, got a new job etc, etc. How easy it is in those times to praise God and thank Him for His goodness and mercy. It’s no problem in those times to agree with the Psalmist who said in Psalm 106:1: Praise the LORD! Oh give thanks to the LORD, for He is good; For His loving kindness is everlasting.
It’s those other times when we have to remind ourselves of God’s goodness. When we didn’t get the job, the month is longer than the money, the kids are running wild, we have health issues. Real life is happening. Do we readily remember during those times the goodness of God? Those are the times when we need to remember the most.
In 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 Paul tells us: Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. That is not an easy thing to do when all around you is in upheaval.Rejoice? Give thanks? Really Lord? How?
It is possible. Paul did it. He prayed, and sang, and rejoiced when he was in chains and in prison. His situation didn’t change his testimony. He didn’t stop preaching or teaching because he was in a hard place. He didn’t quit. He kept his focus on Jesus and just kept doing what he had been called to do.
When we praise God in our trials; while thanking Him for who He is, we send a clear message to our enemy as to who we put our trust in.
The Lord knows the trials we may be going through, but He promises to be with us through everything we face. Joshua 1:9 Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”
Jesus Himself tells us in the book of John that we will have trials and tribulations. John 16:33 :These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.” One part that is great about that verse is the part that says: in Me you may have peace. That is where we find what we need to get through those times. As we are promised in Philippians 4:7: and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
And don’t we know how much our hearts and minds need to be guarded when we are in those hard places. Without that peace that guards us, our heart can easily become bitter and hardened. And our mind will take us places we don’t want to go.
We are commanded not to worry or be in fear all through the Bible. Those commands are in there for a reason. When we are worried or in fear how can we focus on God and His promises and His goodness? It makes it very hard.
We may not be able to change the circumstances we are facing. But we know the one that can. Our part is to pray, ask the Lord what, if anything we need to do, then, give the problem to Him and trust that He will work things out for our best.
He’s a good Father. All the time. Of that you can be sure.