God Is Good All the Time - Yes, Even Then
In some churches, you’ll here the pastor or leader say “God is good,” to which the congregation replies, “all the time.” And “all the time,” he’ll ask? “God is good,” the congregation will confirm.
God is so good. No matter how our lives are currently going, whether everything is falling perfectly into place or falling apart, God is still good. He cares so deeply for your that He sent His Son to earth, to live a perfect life that we could not, and to die a sacrificial death in our place. Because of His great love for us, we can have eternal life in Christ. There is nothing better than that!
But He is not apathetic toward us. Jesus lived a human life; He knows the trials and pain that we face. And He empathizes with us.
Because God is good, He is a refuge for the believer in times of trouble. He cares about you and is a comfort to us when we need it.
It’s easy to say “God is good” when the sun is shining, but we must be steadfast and cling to Him even when the storms come. The great author JRR Tolkien wrote “faithless is he that says farewell when the road darkens.” Scripture does not promise us an easy walk through this life, especially if we choose to follow Jesus. But when difficulties arise, are you ready to stick with Him?
God’s goodness is not limited, and He is ready and willing to grant us good, pleasant things in this life. Just take a look at Scripture:
Old Testament goodness
New Testament goodness
As believers, we are called to be like Christ, and that includes being good. We often hear this phrase associated with children or animals; I tell my dog to “be good” when I leave the house. But goodness in the Christian life is so much more than just not being bad. Goodness is even listed among the Fruit of the Spirit in Galatians:
What would it look like for you to “be good” today? Maybe this looks like refocusing your mind, and intentionally spending time thinking on the good things God has placed in your life. Maybe it means you can think of some random acts of kindness to do for a stranger, whether that’s paying for another customer’s order, or giving a genuine compliment to your cashier or office cleaning lady.
Maybe (especially if it’s been a hard or frustrating season), it just means choosing to be positive that day, instead of grumpy or anxious. Pray about these things, and see where God leads you as you work to grow in goodness.
Let us never forget that God is good, all the time. And all the time? God is good. He sees you and cares for you, just as He sees and cares for all of creation. You are that important to Him.
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Bethany Pyle is the editor for Bible Study Tools.com and the design editor for Crosscards.com. She has a background in journalism and a degree in English from Christopher Newport University. When not editing for Salem, she enjoys good fiction and better coffee.