God Really is Good

Last night my husband and I laid in bed blowing bubbles and talking about life. You should really try it sometime; it is as nice as a coffee conversation but way more fun. Plus, it helps me with cleaning because I have soap all over the place, which is very sanitary. My husband is good.

God is that way, too. (Well, He hasn’t blown bubbles with me, but wouldn’t it be cool if he did?) He even gave us a wonderful parable to give us an illustration that we can understand. It is in Luke 11:11-13. Basically he tells us if an earthly father wants to give good things to his children, how much more does our heavenly father? It’s the “how much more” part that pulls in my attention. He loves us so much more. I love my kids so much, I really do. God has the hairs on their heads counted, which is the so much more. I guess I really don’t love them that much… But God really does.

The Bible is jammed with verses telling us how good God is:

“You are good, and what you do is good” (Psalm 119:68).

“Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever” (Psalm 107:1).

“For the LORD God is a sun and shield; the LORD bestows favor and honor; no good thing does he withhold from those whose walk is blameless” (Psalm 84:11).

God really is good, and he really wants good things for us. He is so good that He sent Jesus to forgive us so we can go to heaven. He made pandas and panda slides (okay, maybe not the slides, but you have to watch them, because it is so cute: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sGF6bOi1NfA). He made the stars and calls them each by name. He made the sky blue and grass green and covered the earth with them because they are calming colors and help to bring us peace. Wow, God really is good.

Many get lost when life gets rough and can easily forget. Even then, God is good. No matter what happens in life, God is good. He just is. You can bank on it.
My husband is good, but God is really good. Parents are good, but God is really good. No matter where you go in life and what you do, please don’t ever forget: GOD REALLY IS GOOD.

The Secret Things

I really liked it when my kids were little. They thought I knew and could explain anything. I tried very hard to keep that going, especially since I homeschooled all of them, but one day they found me out. My kids are now at the age where they realize I really don’t know all that much, which probably hits the mark better.

As Christians we are much the same as my children. We want to believe that God will give us understanding on everything. Then we look at all the bad in the world and wonder why God doesn’t stop it. It gets even worse when it hits home: a death, job loss, miscarriage, illness… “Why did God allow that to happen?” becomes the question that haunts us.

God understands our need to understand, so He gave us Deuteronomy 29:29.

  The secret things belong unto the Lord our God: but those things which are                                        revealed belong unto us and to our children for ever, that we may do all the                                      words of this law.  KJV

As much as we want to understand why bad things happen, we don’t know unless God tells us. We know that the blind man that Jesus healed in John 9: 1-3 was blind so that “the works of God would be made manifest in him”.  There God gives us the why, which is a priceless gift. Why did 6 million Jews die in the Holocaust? That we are not told.

I wish we understood why some people are healed and some are not. Why does God allow some things and not others? The things we understand are easy to trust; the secret things, not so much.

God is good. He knows and understands all and we can trust Him in the secret things. My children don’t have to look to me for all answers, but they can look to God. He will tell them what He wants them to know. Then they can relax and realize that they have a big God they can trust.

What are the secret things in your life? I have many, but one is a miscarriage. I can trust God in that and I don’t have to understand it. Let’s drop all those secret things at God’s feet and work on living today. I know we can do it.