God is Good, So What?
I say it and I believe it. Itâ€™s beautiful in its simplicity, powerfully profound to meditate on.
God is good.
It informs my relating to Him as well as my relating to others. It is foundational to all of my life. At least these things should be true, but like anything else, it can become just another churchy phrase to pull out when you want to sound churchy.
The writerâ€™s mantra is always show, donâ€™t tell. I think this should be the mantra of every follower of Christ as well. If we follow our Lordâ€™s example, it certainly will be.
Weâ€™ll bless those who curse us, forgive those who sin against us, love those who hate us, repay evil with good, go the extra mile when forced to walk the one, strengthen the weak, encourage the faintâ€¦ Why? Because God is good all the time.
The hurting, the broken, the lonely, the stubbornly self-sufficient, the prisoner, the fearful, the anxiousâ€”they donâ€™t need someone to pass by, look at their pain, and offer empty platitudes.
â€œGod is good. If you lean on Him, youâ€™ll be okay.â€
Every word of that is true, but truth alone doesnâ€™t carry the full impact. We all need someone to walk it out with us.
John 1:14 tells us, â€œThe Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full ofÂ grace and truthâ€ (emphasis mine).
He spoke the truth, but He also enabled people to experience it through grace. He illustrated it powerfully through love and compassion. As Paul told us in 1 Corinthians 13, if we donâ€™t have love, weâ€™re like a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal.
Having and speaking the truth is not enough. We have to show it.
How are you showing that God is good today? Could people understand or see Godâ€™s goodness just by the way you live? Do you have a story of how you were shown or showed God’s goodness in a powerful way?