Is God Good?

“And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die: For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods (like God), knowing good and evil”

Genesis 3:4-5

We tend to weigh the goodness of God with the circumstances of our lives, and we proclaim that He is good when things seem to go right in our perspective. We act as if God has days when He is good, and He has days when He is not so good. We sing the song, Unchangeable God, but yet we sometimes believe that He can change from day to day, moment to moment. Do you truly believe God is good all of the time?

My friend was facing sentencing for a crime he had committed, and we had people praying for him. At Freedom That Lasts, we prayed for him in group and even had a special time of prayer when he had a court date coming up. We saw God working and saw some of our prayers answered. My friend was facing a long prison sentence unless God intervened, but we all believed that God would perform a miracle. We held a special prayer meeting at someone’s house, and we asked God to do the impossible. I believed with all my heart that God would not allow him to go to prison, and we even saw God give him favor at his next trial after our special prayer meeting.

Things seemed to be going well, and I accompanied my friend to his latest trial. His attorney pulled us both into a back room, and he presented a plea bargain deal that he wanted my friend to sign. The plea bargain contained the sentence of 15-20 years, and my friend’s heart dropped. Today was the day he had to make a decision, and we were both broken as we did not see any other way out. We prayed and I aged ten years as my friend asked me what he should do. I was speechless for a long time, and finally responded I could not make this decision for him nor did I have any valid advice for him. We talked and talked about his options, and took so long that the court went into recess and pushed his next trial date to the following week. I was crushed as I thought God would answer my prayer and the prayer of all those who were praying for him. At the trial the following week, my friend fired his attorney and pushed things out while he sought other counsel.

My friend got more time on the outside, but a year later, he was taken into custody and sentenced to 17 years in prison. I was devastated at the news, exhausted from the prayers that I prayed for my friend, and broken with grief. I looked up at the sky when I heard of the sentence, and I questioned God why He had not answered my prayer. I cried out to Him, and I can tell you that I did not think He was good at that time. I was in disbelief with the news, and I was not proclaiming to the world how good my God was. God did not change like I may have thought He did, but He was still the same God whom I had praised when He answered prayers that favored me or others I was praying for.

I allowed Satan to work a number on me, and I was in a deep funk. My faith had taken a hit, and I searched my heart to see where it all went wrong. I questioned God’s goodness much like Satan encouraged Eve to do. Satan always questions God’s goodness as if God would withhold something good from us. He gets us to chase sin as if we are missing out on something good, and he gets us to question God’s commands and motives. The moment we question God’s goodness is the moment Satan will attack us with a counterfeit replacement. God was and is still good even though my prayers were not answered as I thought they should be. Today, my friend is grateful for what God has taught him in the time he has spent in prison, and he knows this is where God has Him for His honor and glory. We my not always understand the things God allows in our lives, but we must always understand and know that He is good, all the time.

What is going on in your life today in which you are questioning the goodness of God? Do you find it hard to proclaim God is good even in the hardest of times? God is able to use all things for His honor and glory, even when it seems like all is lost. Will you trust Him today? Will you proclaim His goodness even though the tears may run down your cheeks and the pit swells in your throat? May we never forget that our God is unchangeable, and may we boldly and loudly proclaim, God is good all the time…and all the time, God is good!

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