Monday, December 3, 2018

Good God, All the Time - Martin Wiles

For our present troubles are small and won’t last very long. Yet they produce for us a glory that vastly outweighs them and will last forever! 2 Corinthians 4:17 NLT

Two hurricanes back to back, but God’s goodness remains.

Coastal Texas and Louisiana reeled from the effects of Harvey—a powerful hurricane that blew on shore and wreaked havoc on property and lives. Pictures caused me to gasp. Structures flattened. As many as sixty people dead. Most—if not all of them—innocent people. People minding their own business, going about life the best they knew how. Until Harvey changed it all. Harvey took lives, businesses, homes, possessions, dreams. Floods capitalized on the winds.

Irma followed closely on Harvey’s heels. The largest Atlantic hurricane on record, packing sustained winds of 185 mph. Florida was in her path, and she was as wide as the entire state. Islands felt her wrath before the state. Irma repeated Harvey’s destruction—only with not as much rain but more wind. The death toll copied Harvey. So did the destruction of property.

Many question the existence and goodness of God when evil and tragedy rear their ugly heads. How could a good God allow such things to happen? If God does exist, He must be a wimp because evil appears to be winning more than it’s losing. Questions asked or pondered by unbelievers—but contemplated by believers occasionally too, if we’re honest.

The apostle Paul knew trouble. He inflicted it on early Christians before he became one, and after he believed he endured it himself—eventually dying for his faith. He knew, however, what lay ahead for him: heaven. And what he would experience in heaven would far outweigh anything he faced on earth.

God’s wants to stretch our faith—not destroy it. His goodness remains even when calamity strikes. He doesn’t inflict evil, although He allows it to continue. If evil was stronger than God, then God wouldn’t be sovereign. Individual elements in our world demonstrate the existence of evil, but God promises to take the parts and bake a delicious whole from them for His children.

I’ve experienced tragedies and disappointments that have rumbled my faith and raised questions in my mind. But my faith remains intact because it’s built on the solid foundation that God loves me and has my best interests at heart—regardless of how things might appear. He has the same in mind for you.

Never question God’s love or goodness. He loves matchlessly and exudes goodness continuously.

Prayer: Father, strengthen our faith for the good times and for the bad times. 

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