Tag Archive | God is good

we live in the shadows.

Everything difficult indicates something more than our theory of life yet embraces.

-George MadDonald

For a very long time, I’ve tried to understand suffering.

I know I am not alone. God is questioned all the time.

The problem is, we cannot reconcile “God is good” or “God loves us” with the pain and suffering of humanity. So we either reject God entirely or we maintain a belief in him but steer clear of getting too close.

In trying to reconcile a good God and human suffering, I finally came to this conclusion: I believe God is who he says he is and even though there are some things I do not understand, there is a lot I do understand. Since I believe in God, then it will suffice that he knows more than I do.

That doesn’t mean we don’t feel a whole gamut of emotions when we are suffering.

It means we can stop the endless questioning, leaving us unsettled.

If I know one thing about God, it is that he doesn’t want us to feel unsettled. He is with us when we are suffering, giving us comfort and peace in ways we may not be readily aware of.

How often have you really thought about God, the creator of the universe and all things within, having a vantage point far surpassing our way of thinking?

It’s kind of like thinking about all of us on earth, being suspended in darkness. I don’t think we have words in our human language to describe the magnificent and staggering view God has over all creation, big and small.

We don’t have the language for understanding the why of suffering, either. We just know how it feels.

God sees the beginning and he sees the end.

We do not.

We know that for every action there is a positive and equal reaction.

One day, there will be a redemption of all things. This means a glorious and magnificent judgement on all the pain and suffering throughout mankind. God will make things new and right.

But for now, we live in the shadow of what we do not clearly see; what we do not understand.

Will you be okay with that?

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God is good.

It might sound trite to believe God is good when you’ve had loss.

It’s not your first thought.

And it’s okay because God is okay with that, too.

But eventually, you will come face to face with this truth. And the only way you can believe God is good is if you trust him.

Do you?

Throughout the Bible, God says to trust him. That means we can.

I often think about the parent-child relationship when it comes to God. In fact, Jesus used this in many situations because he knows we understand what is tangible.

A parent will set up boundaries and in reality, are asking the child to trust the father or mother. It is easy for us to understand it is for the child’s own good.

Some children resist and rebel. They want to do it their way.

Adults can be like that, too.

A good parent will be patient and understanding, allowing the child to learn.

God can be like that, too.

Whatever it is that is causing you pain and heartache, God sees tomorrow.

Will you trust him?

He knows the time when you are ready. You will know it, too. If you stubbornly resist it will be more pain for you.

Let him help you.

I’ve seen it before – when a child gives into whatever they were yelling about, whatever they were pushing away – they settled into a happier, peaceful demeanor.

Sometimes, the way to being happier and peaceful is not the way we think it is.

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believe.

See my beautiful tulips?

And my fragrant white and pink peonies?

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And here is my pride and joy – forsythia.

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You don’t see them? I don’t either. Not yet. But they are there. Because without fail, every spring, this little garden spot is alive with wonderful colors and textures.

Underneath the frozen ground is life waiting to be born. A blanket of snow covers and protects the earth as it sleeps.  And spring never disappoints. It is always faithful, giving us a glimpse of how God works.

Is there something in you waiting to be born? Has winter gone on so long it has frozen your heart to believing it can get better?

There is a truth that stands no matter if we believe it or not. God is good. He doesn’t think like we do. Months turn into years and we wonder, when?

When?

Time and time again I have seen God take the worst of situations and make something good out of it. 

Wait.

Trust.

Believe.

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