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God is Good, So What?

I say it and I believe it. It’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 writer’s mantra is always show, don’t tell. I think this should be the mantra of every follower of Christ as well. If we follow our Lord’s example, it certainly will be.

We’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 faint… Why? Because God is good all the time.

The hurting, the broken, the lonely, the stubbornly self-sufficient, the prisoner, the fearful, the anxious—they don’t need someone to pass by, look at their pain, and offer empty platitudes.

“God is good. If you lean on Him, you’ll be okay.”

Every word of that is true, but truth alone doesn’t carry the full impact. We all need someone to walk it out with us.

John 1:14 tells us, “The 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 of grace and truth” (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 don’t have love, we’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 God’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?

30 Comments

  1. I pray all the time, that when people look at me they see Christ’s reflection. I understand that it doesn’t always look that way, but that’s what I strive for. I pray they see it in how I carry myself, how I speak, and how I type (cause I’m not a writer, I’m a typer)
    Michael recently posted..When Faith &amp Fear CollideMy Profile

    • Well, keep typing, brother. You bless me! This is how we have to live our lives and with each step there’s an opportunity for more grace. Thanks Michael.

  2. We DO have to show truth, even if that means showing and telling people what they don’t want to hear sometimes. But always with compassion.
    katdish recently posted..The fear of letting go by Billy CoffeyMy Profile

    • Ain’t that the truth! Truth and compassion, even love, are not always welcome for a variety of reasons, but when we are faithful to show it, it’s inescapable for those who’ve seen it and they have to make a choice. Great thoughts, Kat. Thanks.

  3. Trying to live my witness as well as speak it… Not always easy.

    It seems every time I focus on an aspect of my witness, that aspect comes under attack. When I am able to stand strong in the Lord as I deal with situations, typically someone notices.
    Dusty Rayburn recently posted..ListeningMy Profile

    • I think it’s only easy when it doesn’t count for much! The harder it is to show, the more impact there will be in expressing God’s love. I know what you mean about attacks, and our faithfulness is definitely noticed. We may not know who, but for sure, it is noticed by heaven.

      Thank you Dusty.

  4. My prayer is always that my life reflect my words.. which reflect Him. If I am misrepresenting His love, I ask Him to shove me out of the way.

    There really should be no “me” anyway.. but more Him.
    HisFireFly recently posted..Unfolding beautyMy Profile

    • When the ‘me’ is mixed with Him, I get some not-so-desirable consequences. When the ‘me’ is surrendered to Him, I’m always blown away by what He does. I want to be a reflection too- good prayer.

      Thanks Karin.

  5. I want to be that guy, who at the end of my days, someone says they know Jesus because I showed them Jesus by my life. I am not perfect in it. At home, sometimes I speak harshly. When I play on the XBox, I can get pretty competitive -- not hateful, but I do jeer. Father, forgive me where I am weak, give me strength to overcome.

    Thanks, Jason.
    herbhalstead recently posted..lazysundayMy Profile

    • Amen to that. Oh, I can get harsh and competitive too. Makes me glad that His power is perfected in my weakness. We just keep taking steps and follow Him. Thanks Herb.

  6. This reminds me of my last job where I didn’t want to work but God made me stay. I told Him it’s not for me but He reminded me of my prayer: Your will be done not mine.
    Maybe two or three times a year I would ask the Lord to leave because I didn’t like the job I didn’t like the atmosphere. I did like some of my colleagues, not all of them. The filth and darkness was terrible. But the Lord made clear to me to show Jesus. Now how am I suppose to do that there? was my question. Found out it had nothing to do with me. It was trusting on Him and do my thing and He would shine through me. In this country people don’t accept you praying or blessing or whatever that has to do with your faith. All I did was pray for them and ask for forgiveness. After a few years I found out they started to trust me. After I left the company I asked the Lord if it was worth all the tears, pain, struggle and prayers and He showed me it was. The Saturday after that I met a former colleague in the church! She accepted Jesus as her Saviour in her life and another colleague asked me questions about the church. Only just because I was me. I didn’t deny my faith, my God. I even stood up for my God. They saw me get angry at situations and say sorry, they saw me being crazy and laugh with them. They even told the new ones not to curse because Ani is christian. And if they did, they apologized. Really! They found out that God was not bad at all. After I left I felt so much appreciated and loved. Some even cried (women, not the men! so you know). This is such a good post. Thanks Jason, for this. Thanks for making me remind this. It just blessed me. Now I have to thank the Lord for everything in my life. Thank you.

    • Wow, Ani. Beautiful story and so powerful! I pray more and more people will experience what you have. You blessed me so thank you!

      PS you really never have to worry about your comments! They are appreciated at any length. :)

  7. Oh my God, sorry I didn’t know it was such a long comment. It always scares me when I see the length of my comment.

  8. I’ve been privy to a number of different conversations lately about how the church appears to people. Some folks say that the church should modernize and catch up with the times so that we will remain relevant. The others say that the “relevant” argument is a cop-out that’s going to make the church look just like the world. And that we shouldn’t do that because we want to be IN the world but not OF it…

    Here’s my argument: does it really matter what our churches look like, what our worship looks like, or even what WE look like as much as what’s coming out of our hearts? Some of the people that have loved me the most, have been the unloveliest. And some of the people who have hurt me the worst have appeared to be the most holy, righteous, and upstanding…

    The switchboard is ringing & I’m losing my train of thought, so here you go: “They’ll know we are Christians by our love…”
    Sarah Salter recently posted..Quitter- A RepostMy Profile

    • I agree. It takes all kinds as far as style and music. That’s not the point. The point is what’s being displayed through our lives. That’s what will make any difference at all. Thanks Sarah.

      • I got my train of thought back & here it is: Why are we wasting time fighting about the piddly stuff when we could be investing that time into loving & serving others?
        Sarah Salter recently posted..Quitter- A RepostMy Profile

    • I hear you. Among Catholics, it is often the traditionalists (often don’t like the new Mass and prefers the Latin) and post Vatican II types (complaints about whether Vatican II went far enough) butting heads, with people at various points in between disagreeing. My question is why it is so important that we all be one or the other? Why do we have to believe God likes the way we worship better than the way our neighbor does? I’m cool with it if my neighbor prefers Latin Mass. I’m cool with another neighbor preferring Charismatic Mass, guitar Mass, vernacular English with an organ… whatever… Why does it have to be a discussion of who is right and wrong?
      Helen recently posted..Have Fun!!! Happy Saturday!My Profile

      • And that’s it. So many times it’s preference and we elevate it to the level of scripture. It doesn’t help! Thanks Helen.

  9. Wow Jason, I was meditating on this today! Although I sometimes struggle with this truth, it doesn’t change it…He is good. What needs to change I think is my own deffintion of what “goodness” means…it needs to match His definition.

    “He hath showed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth Jehovah require of thee, but to do justly, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with thy God?” Micah 6:8

    Thanks Bro’
    Jay Cookingham recently posted..Saturday Evening Re-PostMy Profile

    • Great point, Jay. Sometimes our definition is off from His, but He’s always willing to teach when we are willing to learn. His yoke is easy and His burden is light… Thank you.

  10. As you can probably tell from the post I wrote today, I’m not successfully showing God’s love and grace.

    I’m more of an empty platitudes guy at the moment.

    ;-(
    Peter p recently posted..Do You Ignore Your WealthMy Profile

    • All we can do is recognize our tendencies and allow God’s grace to work. I’m with you though. And I really do appreciate you stopping by. :)

  11. Some days I do better than others.
    Helen recently posted..Have Fun!!! Happy Saturday!My Profile

    • This is true for all of us. :)

  12. Jason; sorry i got here late and I am rushed to get this posted so I didn’t even take the time to read other responses. If I repeat, please forgive. I believe God is good but I really tire of the “God is good all the time. All the time God is good” mantra that so many want to spout off. is that sacriligious? Recently I received an email from someone that had horrendous news of a young man who was attacked by a shark, had over 300 stitches, was on a baseball scholarship to Uof Florida and wasn’t sure if he would ever get the full use of his foot again and they closed with “But God is good.” Say what? How inane is that? Maybe I have missed the point of your post and if so, I am sorry.
    Bill (cycleguy) recently posted..Did You Say WaitMy Profile

    • Bill, I think it can be a catch-all when someone doesn’t know what to say, but you’re right, it strips the phrase of all meaning and power. The reality of God’s goodness is a powerful experience, but tacking it on to the end of retelling a tragic story empties it. The person may have had good intentions, but that’s pretty sad…

  13. Jason, where I struggle showing God’s goodness is when I’m just with my husband and/or children. I try to be mindful about being consistent in my attitude, words & behavior whether in public or private. But I’ll be honest that there are times where the ugly comes out. It’s in those times that the only recourse I have is to apologize, explain how I should have been different and say I’ll try harder next time.
    Melissa Brotherton recently posted..Some little known factsMy Profile

    • You’re not alone, Melissa. Those closest to me get the brunt of my frustrations even when they have nothing to do with why I’m frustrated. They also get the most intimate part of me, but that doesn’t excuse any bad behavior. Lord, help us all to show God’s goodness in our homes all the more.

      Thanks.

  14. We all need someone to walk it out with us.

    Powerful words Jason. This something that I am learning to do for others and letting others do for me.
    Kevin M. recently posted..Life is a JourneyMy Profile

    • Another powerful thought, Kevin. We show others but we have to allow others to show us as well. Thank you so much--fantastic thoughts.