- By Kevin Martineau
- July 29, 2015
- Comments Off on God can turn badness into goodness
Somebody might say: “How can God be good when thousands were killed in 9-11 or when millions died in the Holocaust. I can’t believe in a God who would allow that.” Let’s say this person is right and that God isn’t good and that He really doesn’t exist. The problem is that you’ve still got millions of dead people. Getting rid of God didn’t solve the problem at all!
So, how do we answer the fact that God is good … yet bad things happen? Answer: If it isn’t good, then it didn’t have its source in God. For example: murder, stealing, abuse in any forms, etc. are not from God. They are a result of sin. And because the effects of sin have permeated the world sometimes we face the results and consequences of other people’s sin.
Yes, God is sovereign – He is in control. God allows bad things to happen for reasons that we don’t have a clue but God does not participate in the sin of those who do these horrible things in any way, form or fashion because He is good! Our problem is that we use the wrong standard for “goodness”. We use our standard. Our standard is: “Good” is whatever is “good” for me. We say: “I am the standard for good. God says: “I am the standard for good.”
God can turn badness into goodness
The proof of “goodness” isn’t in the experience; it’s in the source. Nobody likes to get a shot but it’s good for you. We need immunizations; we need pain killers when we are hurting, etc. God’s goodness doesn’t mean that bad things won’t happen to us. We live in a bad, evil world that is marred by the effects of sin but because God is good, He can take the bad things, and bring eternal good out of them if we let Him.
We always want to blame somebody for the bad things that happen to us. God is always handy, so we blame Him a lot. We say things like: “If there is a good God in Heaven, how could He let this happen?” What are we really saying when we blame God? We are really saying: “Since God didn’t act the way I thought He should … He is either wrong, bad or doesn’t exist.”
Are we going to believe in God only if He acts like we want Him to?
Here’s the thing: Are we going to believe in God only if He acts like we want Him to? We would be better off carving a “god” out of a piece of wood or chipping one out of a rock. Are we going to form our opinion of God from how He acts in relation to how we would act if we were God? We would be better off worshiping ourselves since we’re putting ourselves on a higher level than God. We’re determining what is “good”. We’re setting the standard for what is “good”. No! God sets the standard for “good”. God is good all the time! It doesn’t matter what happens to us.
Romans 8:28 reminds us:
“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who’ve been called according to his purpose.”
I don’t always know what “good” God has in mind when He allows tragedy, heartache and disappointments to come into my life. I don’t know but I don’t have to know. What happens in my life may not be good; it might be tragic and terrible. Maybe I can’t see any purpose in it at all. But what does this verse say about what I am to “know”? I may not be able to see how it is working for good or feel like it is or understand how it is working for good but I am to “know” that it is! I need to look at it from God’s perspective not mine.
God is good because He can take the bad things that happen to us and bring eternal good out of them.
Don’t ever think that God’s goodness means that bad things won’t ever happen to you. God is good because He can take the bad things that happen to us and bring eternal good out of them. I may never see the “good” that comes out of it this side of Heaven or I may. God knows what’s best. God has one up on us. He’s omniscient! You and I can only see things in the present tense lens. God sees things with the eternal view lens. God has a lots better view from Heaven than we do here on earth!
Don’t judge God by your standard of “goodness”. Don’t judge God by whether He does what you want Him to do. Don’t judge God by how you would run the universe if you were God. God is good all the time and we need to trust in His Goodness. He can even turn bad things into good things for us!
This is part 3 of 4 in a series of posts on how God is good. You can read the rest here:
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