Recently someone I know said that God is good because their life is good. Because they’re healthy … and they’ve been accepted to the educational program of their choice … and they’re happily in love, etc., etc. … and since life’s just plain “good” in every sense they can think of … they’ve concluded that “God is good!”
And it’s true. God is good.
But my question is … what about when life isn’t good? Will this person still feel that God is good?
My husband has a fatal disease (not good), our family has lost all of our hopes and dreams for the future (not good), we’ve had to sell our nice four bedroom house in suburbia and move to a mobile home park in a rough part of town (scary and not good), and for the most part, this earthly life for the foreseeable future is just pretty bleak all around (definitely not good).
But guess what? God is STILL good!
The circumstances of my life, no matter how “not good” they might be at any given moment — or even if they’re “not good” for the rest of my life! — have nothing whatsoever to do with the goodness of God. God’s goodness doesn’t change if my situations in life change from “good” to “not good.”
Honestly, I’m a bit concerned about this person with the “my life is good, thus God is good” walk of faith. What will happen to that faith if life ever becomes “not good”? If the person’s understanding of God’s goodness is completely dependent upon the goodness they see happening in their own life, it sounds like they might have a faith that’s just sitting there tottering on the edge of some serious potential problems.
God is good. Definitely.
And sometimes life isn’t good.
But even when life isn’t going well by any stretch of the imagination, God can still work those bad things (and some things truly are bad!) into something good in our lives.
I’ve found that in my life, God usually works by making me more and more into the image and likeness of Christ, and also by growing the Fruit of the Spirit in my life (love, joy, patience, kindness, self-control, etc., etc.).
“Fruit” and “Christlikeness” in our lives just aren’t necessarily things that equate with “happy, happy, happy” in our lives.
Just my humble opinion, for what it’s worth.
So, what happens when we pray but don’t see answers? Click here for my thoughts on Apparently Unanswered Prayers