Move-in day has come and gone for me and with the hustle and bustle of it all, God has been constantly revealing one thing to me: He is good. All the time. Period.
In Hebrews, the author talks about the consistency of God. In chapter 13 verse 8 God is described as, “the same yesterday, today, and forever.” So, the God who created the world is the God we serve today. The God who set the Israelites free from Egyptian captivity is the God we serve today. The God who struck the man dead after he had touched the Ark of the Covenant is the God we serve today. The God who came in the form of a man to take on the sin of the world is the God we serve today. Got that? God doesn’t change…ever.
Psalm 34 was written by David after he had experienced a very tense situation. Long story short, this Psalm is David’s reflection of God being with him. In verse 8, he says, “taste and see that the Lord is good.” In verse 10, he continues by saying, “The lions may grow weak and hungry, but those who seek the Lord lack no good thing.” Not only is God good, but He desires to bestow his goodness upon his children. That is amazing evidence of his love and ultimately, additional evidence of his goodness.
“But Jenn,” the skeptical voice in your head says, “bad things keep happening to me! School is stressing me out, my roommate hates me, and I’m a broken person. No one seems to care about me, and nothing is working out how I planned!” I might respond by saying “Bad things happen to good people (Romans 8:28, “All things work together for those who love Him.”), dear reader, God is with you and desires to make you whole. He cares about you, and it’s not about your plans, it’s about His plans.” And all of this is true, but it could be said more simply– more directly– God is good. A midst all your human-ness, God is good.
When the voice in your head protests, “But…But…” Remind it of Hebrews 13:8 (God is consistent), Psalm 34:8, 10 (God is good). Consistency plus goodness is a combination that you will only ever find in God. Even the best Christians aren’t consistent because they grow and change depending on circumstances and surroundings. And though they may be good and wish good for others, they will undoubtedly fail at one time or another. But God is good no matter what, no matter where, no matter who, no matter when. Always. Forever. Get the idea?
God is good all the time. All the time, God is good.