IS GOD GOOD?
Is God good?
Is he in a good mood?
Is this so all of the time or are there exceptions?
What you believe about God is absolutely foundational to ALL of your relationships: With Him; with yourself; with others.
Your faith is the material from which every perception, belief and expectancy will be sewn.
If you consider God to be one who acts on whim; who blesses when He is in a good mood and either ignores or punishes when He isn’t, you are in for a precarious life. You will find your heart filled with doubt, fear, insecurity and a drive to make sure you perform just right.
If, however, you understand that God is always good; He is perpetually at peace, joyful, hopeful, loving and affectionate, you will find these same qualities reflected in your life. You will be able to trust and rest; your expectations will be based on His goodness instead of your efforts.
“Yeah, but…” you might say, “What about illness, injury, natural disasters and death??”
Indeed, how many times have you heard somebody say that God gave a person some disease or disability? How about statements that God brought disaster on people? How often do you hear, “if it’s God’s will,…” when someone is seriously ill and might possibly die?
Truthfully, God doesn’t have disease, injury and disaster to give us. Those things came into the world when humankind yielded to Satan’s temptation. What God has to give is good, perfect and life-giving; Satan is the one who lies, kills, steals and destroys. There’s a war on!
I am beginning to understand that the greatest weapons in our arsenal are what we believe and how we speak. If we truly get who God is, what He says and does; if we declare those things and press into them, we break through the devil’s scheme and experience God’s Kingdom on earth. Words have power; that’s why Satan attacked, based on what God said. If he can get us to agree with him, he gains a foothold. If, on the other hand, we agree with God and declare His truth, more ground is taken. Please understand: God has already won the war through Jesus’ suffering, death, resurrection and ascension. Let’s start by agreeing with Him about that.
Is God good? Yes. He is, in every way; all of the time. He has salvation, healing, prosperity, courage, hope, joy, peace, love and endless blessings to pour out on us. He can and wants to give us every good gift.
Is He in a good mood? Yes. In every way; all of the time. Make a list of every happy emotion you can think of: That’s how God feels. Does He know sorrow, anger, grief, rejection and pain? Yes. HE is the Man of sorrows, acquainted with grief. He has experienced everything that people do; yet without sin. He knows how to comfort and give courage. He can be in a good mood through all of this because He sees the whole picture.
Does He love and like you? Yes. That is why He cares about your faith, attitudes, words and actions. He wants you to have all of the goodness of His Kingdom and none of the destruction of the devil’s realm.
Do you have power and choice? Yes. God is not interested in puppets or robots; He wants real people who freely choose to love and follow Him.
Choose this day whom you will serve (worship; follow.) Put your trust in the good, good God, who already knows and loves you.