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God is Always Good!

God is Always Good

It is not uncommon for people to blame God for the bad things that happen. Here are some thoughts to help us process and make sense out of the senseless:

God is active – There are some (Deists) who believe that God created the world but has no involvement in mankind’s daily affairs. Christians know that God indeed is involved in our daily lives. We see it as we read accounts of people like David and Goliath,  (I Samuel 17: 45-46). We see God working through His Son, Jesus. We also have personal experiences of answered prayers.

Satan is also active – There is a constant battle for our souls. Peter said in 1 Peter 5:8, 
”Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour.”  When evil
 people give in to the temptations of the devil, he does some terrible things – even having innocent people killed.

God does punish – There are times recorded in the Bible when God had enough of man’s sins, and He passed judgment on them with devastating results, for example “the flood” (Genesis 6: 17). Even in God’s judgment, His desire is to love and save, not hurt and destroy. God’s judgment and Satan’s influence on the wicked are not the same.

God is love – We must never forget that God is good, loving, patient, kind, and gentle. (1 John 4: 16) God is not mean, hateful, abusive, or uncaring. Scripture is full of God-loving acts to help us rather than hurt us. The greatest act was the giving of His Son so that we might have eternal life. Here is a key thought: look at every event in life through the lens of the cross - it will help you know that God is love.

Man lacks understanding – We are so limited in understanding how and why things go the way they do in life. Who are we to question the God who created the world? Job struggled with the age-old question of why bad things happen to good people. In the end, he came to his senses and gave God glory rather than grief. (Romans 4: 20) Let us do the same!     


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