Is God good?

God is good.  Right?

Most Christians would automatically say: “Yes, God is good.”

Yet, how many of us have questioned God because of some tragedy or disappointment in life?

If you were present at Jesus’ birth, you would likely have rejoiced with his parents.  But, what would you have thought as you stood with his mother Mary at the foot of the cross?

My desire is for my every prayer to be answered with a resounding: “Yes!” I want nothing but over-the-top happiness every second of every day.

But Jesus said in John 16: “In this world you will have trouble.  But take heart!  I have overcome the world.”

But, what’s good about trouble?  Why can’t God just give us a great time all the time?

Maybe it’s because we don’t understand what God is doing in our lives.

Take the story of Jesus.

Everyone loves the story of the birth of Jesus.  We smile as we watch our children play the roles in Christmas plays of Mary, Joseph, the wise men, the shepherds and the baby Jesus.

Yet, at Christmas time, we don’t dwell on the fact that Jesus lived a hard life and died a terrible death.

His life was a disaster if you look at it from a human standpoint.

Yet God had a plan – a plan for our good.  His followers did not understand what it was until Jesus miraculously rose from the dead.

Because of Jesus’ death on the cross, everyone on earth has the opportunity to embrace in faith what Jesus did and become a privileged child of God.

As Jesus said: “Take heart!  I have overcome the world.”

God is preparing us on earth for everlasting joy – joy that increases forever.

As we struggle with our troubles – big and small – let us cling to this truth.

God is good.


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