Has it ever crossed your mind that God isn’t good? I mean people say “God is good, all the time, and all the time, God is good,” but what happens when your circumstances scream the opposite of that?
What do you do when your situation tells you that God isn’t good? How do you deal with that?
So many times, we see God through the lens of our situation. If everything is going good, then God is good. If things aren’t good, then God isn’t good. This is a mistake that so many of us make and it can leave us feeling disillusioned with life and with God. I have decided to look at things differently.
Instead of looking at God and judging Him based on our circumstances, we must look at our circumstances through the lens of God’s goodness.
What does this mean?
1. God is good, even when things around me are not: This is a difficult concept to grasp, especially when we are programmed and used to thinking the opposite way about this. If we look at life through the lens that God is good, then we can make it through bad times, trusting that in the end, God will make it good.
2. God is good at His job: So many times we try to tell God how we think He should be doing things. It’s laughable, but I’ve done it… have you? God is good at being God, He’s been God for a long time, long before we ever came on the scene. He’s got a plan and a way through for us, if we will just ask Him and trust Him. He’s not panicking and trying to figure out a “Plan B”. He knows everything. He knows how something will turn out before it even begins. If we can just relax, trust that He knows what He is doing and trust that His plans for us are good, we will come through the other side and be able to confidently say with the writer of Psalms:
“I would have despaired unless I had believed that I would see the goodness of the LORD In the land of the living.”
So the next time everything is falling to pieces and going wrong, remind yourself to not look at God through the lens of your circumstances, but look at your circumstance through the lens of God’s goodness.