Is God Good?
We are a people obsessed with greatness.
We compare and rank everyone and everything we can think of. Look at all of the greatest lists ranking music, movies, TV shows and much more at the end of each year. Recently I ran across a list ranking all of the James Bond films from top to bottom.
It doesn’t stop there. A few years ago Jim Collins wrote a book entitled Good To Great. Collins wrote in this book about how to take companies from simply good to great. Certainly this is a worthy goal. Good is simply not good enough. Companies should strive to be great.
How about our spiritual lives? Most of us would probably say that our spiritual walk is good. We read our Bibles. We pray. We go to church. We talk about God and Jesus in our lives. It’s good.
What about God Himself? Is He good? Is He great? Look at how we are taught to pray as children. God is great, God is good. We put God’s greatness before His goodness.
We hear this in some of our modern songs. I love Rich Mullins. His songs touch me in many ways. In fact, I cannot think of a song of his that I don’t like.
Perhaps his most famous song is Awesome God. The song describes God’s greatness in how He created the world and sent His Son to the world to save us. You cannot hear the song without thinking of God as awesome and great.
The question we have to ask ourselves is if we truly believe that not only is God great, but that God is good.
Do we believe that God is good when our circumstances go bad? When a parent dies when a child is young, does he or she grow up believing that God is good? How about when a child dies leaving the parent heartbroken? Does the parent still believe that God is good?
How about during when other things go wrong? Do we believe that God is good when we lose jobs? How about when marriages go sour and end? What about when other relationships end? What do we feel when our church doesn’t act like we think it should? Do we really believe that God is good?
Many of us will resort to clichés during these times. We will say something like God is good all the time, All the time God is good. We say this and on the surface we believe it. However, do we really believe it in our heart of hearts?
Many of us will believe that He is good. Far too many of us will not. We will not trust God and truly believe that He is good. Too many will believe that God is some sort of cosmic killjoy, secretly enjoying our misery. Nothing could be further from the truth.
God wants us to know that He is good. In fact, He invites us to know and understand that He is good. Psalm 37:4 tells us this. The verse says, “O taste and see that God is good.”
Notice that the verse doesn’t ask the reader to see that God is great or awesome. If you believe in God, it’s easy to think these things. You can look at the sun, the moon and the stars and see that God is great. That does not necessarily help one have an intimate relationship with God. It’s only when one realizes that God is good that this relationship can begin and flourish.
So, how do we begin to see that God is good?
First, we need to see that God has always been good. We need to realize that God has been good from the very beginning. We also need to see that God Himself is the definition and the determiner of good.
Next, we need to see what went wrong. How in the world did we ever get to the point that we no longer believed that God was good? Something had to have changed to affect us this way.
Finally, we need to look at what God has done to bring us back to the realization that He is good. In simple terms, it begins with that invitation in Psalm 34:7. That is the basic framework. However, what does that mean?
That’s the aim of this post. God is great. Most of us can agree on that. However, we all want to know and see that God is good.
How do you know that God is good?