The Goodness of God

Posted: October 29, 2011 in Blog
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God is good. Do you believe this? I thank God for His goodness. Recently, I was thanking God in a particular circumstance and I began to think about God’s goodness. How does this circumstance portray God’s goodness and yet not detract from His goodness in other circumstances? Is God’s goodness only in what I deem good? Would I be thanking God for His goodness if the circumstance were different? What if my circumstance was one of need, would I still thank God? Would God still be good?

Giving thanks in all circumstances, and rejoicing always does not come with the qualification of only when one thinks things are good, (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18). Rather, all circumstances means even in the bad, always rejoicing means even in the bad. Now, it is not prudent to rejoice in evil itself, but to simply recognize God’s sovereign goodness and sustaining provision for those who are in Christ Jesus. So, Christian, we praise God thanking Him at all times in all things.

Thinking about how we thank God for His goodness is important; here are a few reasons. First, all glory, praise, and honor are due His name. As God’s creatures we have been created for such a purpose and we will stand rebel if we do not give what is rightfully His. Thus, giving thanks to God for His goodness is an important part of giving appropriate worship to God. Second, it is important to think about how we thank God, as failure to give praise, when and where it is due, demonstrates our heart toward God. If thanks are only given in circumstances that the world reckons ‘good,’ then God’s goodness is misunderstood and He is not worshiped properly. If thanks are never given, or only superficially given, then God is misunderstood and our heart toward Him is cold. The way of men will be futile and dark if in knowing God they do not honor Him as God nor give Him thanks, (Romans 1:21-23). Third, for those who are in Christ, if we give thanks to God like the world gives thanks to God then we bear false witness about God. If we thank God only for a game won, or an award at work, or some other form of circumstantial blessing, but neglect to thank God in all circumstances then we bear false witness. So, thinking about how we praise Him in the good and the bad is of great importance.

God does not exist for our health, wealth, and prosperity. God exists for His glory. God gives us good gifts for which we should thank Him for continually. Ultimately the good gifts of God are not temporal, nor earthly, they are oft not seen, but the good gift of God is that inheritance that is unfading, undefiled, imperishable and kept in heaven for those who have been caused to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, (1 Pet 1:3-5). The good gift of God is by faith His reception of us; graciously with mercy and compassion even after we’ve returned from rolling in the mire.

Now, the circumstance that I thank God for is that my old truck caught fire. After assessing the damage I decided that it was not worth fixing, so I sold the truck, cheap. My wife and I do not have the money for a new vehicle, so we’ve decided to due without. God has provided everything I have or ever will have, if I don’t have a truck it must not be needed. God is good, and it is shown everyday through the gospel of grace.

A few weeks later, through some friends, I was given a truck that is far superior to the one I had. To me this is a gift from God, which I am thankful for. This gift is a shadow of grace, in that I do not deserve such a gift, so I praise God for His grace. I do not, nor will I ever deserve this truck, which is a picture of God’s grace to me. Yet even if the truck was never given to me; God is still good, God’s grace is still evident in my life through faith in Jesus Christ, and I praise Him for His goodness in all things.

I do not, nor will I ever deserve the salvation that Jesus has earned for me through His death, burial, and resurrection. God has made known to me the path of life; I did not find it on my own. God has given me an infinite treasure beyond comparison in His Son Jesus Christ, my Lord, Master, Savior, and King. My prayer is that in any and every circumstance God would give me the grace to praise Him; even when my hands are held out in need. My prayer is that when my circumstance is not ‘good’ I will thank God for His goodness in all things, always. To Him be glory, and honor, and praise forevermore in any and every circumstance. Amen.

Comments
  1. Margo says:

    Hi Brian, Margo here, happy to see you are still writing! I love how you referred to that truck as “This gift is a shadow of grace”. And such a good point about we should not define the goodness of God based on what our perception of “goodness” is. THis is so hard to wrap my brain around but i know it’s true in my heart.

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