In a world inundated with negativity, it’s a breath of fresh air when I read a positive Facebook status or Tweet.
(Why do people post about their sinuses so much?)
But I’ve noticed something. Plenty of positive statuses, especially those containing good news, end with “God is good!”
And yes, He is, I agree.
But what about the negative statuses? What about the Tweets that contain news of a death, an illness, etc… How should those end? “God is not good“?
When things are going bad, why is it so difficult for us to remember that God is good?
The Lord is good, a refuge in times of trouble. He cares for those who trust in him. Nahum 1:7
God never changes. He is God, the god of the universe, all the time, no matter our circumstances. In the highs and the lows of life. In the positives and in the negatives. In the good and in the bad.
If we believe he is good when things are good, and we know he never changes, then He is good when life isn’t.
What if in the trials of life we posted and tweeted about God’s goodness just as often as we do when things are going our way?
What if we encouraged one another by reminding ourselves that God is the same, yesterday, today and forever?
Let’s try it. No matter what the circumstances are in your life, the next time you post news that’s not so great or you’re having a day that’s not going your way, remind yourself that changing your perspective on your situation is as easy as remembering that God.Is.Good. All the time.
God never loses sight of us. It’s we that lose sight of him.
Share with me: How do you see God’s goodness and unchanging love in your life today?
10 responses to “God Is Good…Right?”
Jenny, yes! Constant streams of negativity zap our energy. Awful things do happen in our lives from time to time and it’s okay to share and ask for prayer, but what I find tiresome is the person who never recognizes that God is faithful in the good AND in the bad. Being down-in-the-mouth happens. It’s when that attitude is reflected constantly that’s a tad overwhelming. Great post!
Yep, I’ve definitely struggled with this in the past. Wrote about it in my Wildflowers from Winter post at the beginning of this month. We are quick to accept God’s blessing when something good happens, but question His goodness when something bad occurs. But in everything, we should be able to say “It is well with my soul” and “God is good.”
Constantly work at teaching this to my kids–AND myself!
You know who is a living testimony to this? Krista Phillips. She and her family have gone through hell on earth this past year and a half, yet her constant testimony has been God Is Good…regardless of what they were going through. She was a living, breathing testimony of His goodness.
Yes!! So true.
i agree….krista came to mind for me too. sandi rogg, too. amazing testimonies.
Amen! I’ve had some of the same thoughts.
When I was in high school, my school suffered a really horrible accident. I wasn’t involved, but I easily could have been. A friend told me God must have been watching out for me. But what would that mean — that He wasn’t looking out for all the other kids who were hurt? I think God is good and looking out for His children whether what they experience feels like blessings or curses. We don’t know how things look from a heavenly perspective. We should praise God for being God and for allowing us to be His children, not for what He does for us.
Thanks for the comments folks. I feel like I’m swallowing razor blades today and mommies don’t really have time to be sick, do they? Oh, and GOD IS GOOD. 🙂 What a timely post I wrote for myself. I needed this today, too.
Good report from doctor visit today for Grant. God gave me time to slow down today and read most of my husband’s new book (which I’m really enjoying)!
I will never forget the day our dearest friends texted us that they were at the hospital and that their son had been born and was with Jesus. He ended by saying “praise the Lord”. I hope to build a faith like that.