The women’s GroupMe for my congregation currently is a constantly updated prayer list.
It seems like every day, more and more messages come in about how we need to also pray for this family because their grandparent is sick, or how we need to pray for another family who are currently grieving a death.
It’s overwhelming scrolling through sometimes.
It’s easy to forget God’s goodness and love for us when we read about the latest death from this virus, watch another loved one wither away to cancer, or watch the latest shooting being replayed on the news, it’s so easy to feel hopeless.
It’s so easy to look into the future and see only darkness, and yet, God is still good.
Last Sunday’s sermon’s topic was on why evil exists. The seven points that the preacher presented were:
- Freewill (1 Peter 4:15)
- The choices of others (Romans 14:7)
- Natural law (Acts 20:9)
- Satan (Job 10:16)
- For doing right (1 Peter 2:20)
- To make us better (Job 5:18)
- Time and chance (Ecclesiastes 9:11)
Regardless of the evil that is in this world as the result of Adam and Eve’s sin, God has always been good and He always will be.
When I was younger someone once said that it was fitting that my name was “Grace” because I would show people God’s grace.
It was a mushy thing to say, and at the time, I pictured myself getting into a terrible accident and barely surviving as a sign of “grace” and I wasn’t too keen on the idea.
But isn’t that what all our lives show?
God’s goodness is evident in my life, from every breath I breathe to every hymn I sing for Him.
Sometimes I look up during worship and the fact that I wouldn’t be a Christian and wouldn’t know all of the people that I love the most if the lady that studied with my mom never reached out or if we had been in a different place in life and had been closed to the Bible, just hits me full force.
It’s a wow moment, and out of everyone in my past who isn’t here, I am. It almost feels like I don’t deserve to be there.
That feeling is amplified when I think of Jesus dying on the cross for our sins.
God could have left us with this mess we’ve made, alone to die in this world of sin, separated from Him, doomed to hell (Romans 5:12).
But He didn’t.
“For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.”-2 Corinthians 5:21
Jesus died one of the worst deaths imaginable.
Death on the cross was for the highest crimes in Rome, one would be nailed to a beam and left to hang. Because your body weight would pull you down and would pull on your diaphragm, you would end up having to push up with your nailed feet to exhale, this painful process obviously would repeat.
Eventually, people would typically die from asphyxiation, but that could take up to five to twenty hours of complete and utter agony.
Jesus died in one of the most painful ways for us.
Yet, people still will tell you that God isn’t good.
Listen, no matter what happens to me on earth, God is still good.
Break every bone in my body, He is still good.
Take the breath from all of my loved ones, He is still good.
No matter what happens to you on earth, God is still good.
“Praise ye the Lord. O give thanks unto the Lord; for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever.”-Psalm 106:1
“Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life; and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.”-Psalm 23:6
No matter what, God is still good.
The fact that you and I are still here and have a chance to obey Him and to go to heaven, is yet another sign of how good He is.
Throughout the evil and chaos of this world, we can find comfort in God and in who He is and that His plan is far greater than anything we could ever fully wrap our minds around.
I love what Joseph said to his brothers, and I think that one day Christians will be able to say this to the world:
“But as for you, you meant evil against me; but God meant it for good, in order to bring it about as it is this day, to save many people alive.”-Genesis 50:20
People are impacted by evil, but the impact of God’s word is far more powerful.
The goodness of God is far more powerful.
And I pray that we don’t forget that, even when life gets tough.
What are your thoughts about the goodness of God?
How do you see it in your life?