It doesn’t take much to start doubting whether or not God is good all the time. All we need to do is turn on the television and we will see countries devastated by earthquakes, famines, wars and corruption.
Daily we hear of people who are losing their jobs and even their homes. So we begin to think: Is God good all the time? How could a good God allow these horrible things to happen? These are definitely tough questions to find answers to.
Is God good all the time?
The best way for me to answer this question is by sharing a story from Corrie Ten Boom‘s life. Corrie was a Dutch Christian Holocaust survivor who helped many Jews escape the Nazis during World War II. This is what she had this to say about recognizing God’s goodness no matter what the circumstances:
Often I have heard people say, “How good God is! We prayed that it would not rain for our church picnic, and look at the lovely weather!'” Yes, God is good when He sends good weather. But God was also good when He allowed my sister, Betsie, to starve to death before my eyes in a German concentration camp. I remember one occasion when I was very discouraged there. Everything around us was dark, and there was darkness in my heart. I remember telling Betsie that I thought God had forgotten us. “No, Corrie,” said Betsie, “He has not forgotten us. Remember His Word: ‘For as the heavens are high above the earth, so great is His steadfast love toward those who fear Him.'” There is an ocean of God’s love available–there is plenty for everyone. May God grant you never to doubt that victorious love–whatever the circumstances.
This blows me away! It is absolutely amazing to me that Corrie and her sister could still believe that God is good despite the horrendous things that were happening to them. It all came down to an unfailing trust in God’s love:
“There is an ocean of God’s love available–there is plenty for everyone.”
It is the same for us. We need to believe and trust that God is good all the time because that is what He tells us in His word.
Whatever circumstances you are facing right now, remember that God has not forgotten you! God is good ALL the time! Take time today to thank God for His goodness and unfailing love!
How would you answer the question: “Is God good all the time?”
RECOMMENDED READING: Where Is God?: Finding His Presence, Purpose and Power in Difficult Times by Dr. John Townsend