I have the same problem as a lot of Christians. God decides to bless me with something in life and I (figuratively and sometimes literally) raise my hands and shout “Hallelujah!”, “God is good!”
But then….maybe God decides to either remove that blessing or not continue blessing me….and my hands slowly fall back to my sides. God doesn’t seem so good anymore.
We’re getting it all wrong. Why do we base God’s goodness on whether He blesses us or not?
Why do we view God as good or bad based on what He does, instead of knowing He’s good because of who He is?
The hard truth is, God isn’t concerned with how happy we are.
He’s concerned with how holy we are.
If something that would make us happy interferes with making us holy (in any way), God would rather withhold that thing so we could be holy.
Think about it. Heaven is a perfect place, a place where holiness is not only first and foremost, but the only condition things are in. There is no evil or anything less than holy.
God sent His Son to die to make atonement for the unholy. It wasn’t a pleasant or wonderful task. How can He ask less of us, than to live in (sometimes) unpleasant situations so we can be holy?
Holiness is a big deal to God.
Holiness is us being changed from the mortal people that we are into God’s image, a changing of our corruption into perfection through Christ.
We need to stop focusing on how blessed we are and instead focus on how holy can we be.
We need to stop basing God’s goodness on His blessings to us and instead on the greatest blessing that He already gave us, salvation through Him–which, my friends, is enough to rejoice about through all eternity!
God is good because He is the I AM. He is Savior, Lord, and King of all.
Even when we don’t know what’s going on in our life or understand why He is refusing us something, He is good.
He is good because He is always with us, in the rough times as much as the good times.
So join me in raising your hands, no matter the circumstances of the day, and tell someone, “God is good!”