Is God Always Good?

21 May


A routine health exam led to a cancer scare for a dear friend back in March. After too much time and too little sleep, she learned she didn’t have cancer. After more tests, she was told she had cirrhosis of the liver. For my teetotaler friend, this was not just bad but shocking news. Weeks went by while she limited her salt intake, tried to amend her diet to accommodate this terrible diagnosis, and prayed the biopsy would show that the disease hadn’t progressed too much.

The biopsy showed more than that—she’d been misdiagnosed completely. Not cirrhosis of the liver.

And her friends said, “God is so good.”

We remind each other of God’s goodness when we get the negative diagnosis, the promotion, the proposal. We remind each other that God is good when he answers our prayers the way we asked him to.

But what about when it is cancer or cirrhosis? How do we feel when our rival gets that promotion? When instead of a proposal, we receive a Dear Jane letter? What is God in those instances?

Still good. Always good. Forever good.

Sometimes, God is so good, he gives us what we ask him for. Other times, he is so good, he reveals to us over time the purpose for his No. And occasionally, he is so good, he allows us the opportunity to trust him even when we don’t understand what he’s doing.

Psalm 145:9 says: “The Lord is good to all, and his mercy is over all that he has made.”

We may not understand, but we can count on this: God is always good.

~Robin Patchen

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Posted by on May 21, 2014 in devotion, Robin Patchen


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