Music is good for the soul. Today I’d like to share a song that’s been on repeat at my house – Goodness of God by Bethel Music. The chorus goes like this:
“All my life you have been faithful.
All my life you have been so so good.
With every breath that I am able.
I will sing of the goodness of God.”
What a testimony. Most of us have come to the realisation that life isn’t easy. As much as we’d like to deny it sometimes, difficulty and hardship form an integral part of our lives. We often find ourselves in a place where we think we have 2 choices: fight or flight. A third choice does present itself though: abide in Christ. When we abide in Christ we acknowledge that we are unable to change anything, and we simultaneously believe that we can trust our Savior to help us through. We neither deny reality, nor do we rely solely on our own ability to deal with a situation.
The author of this song says “All my life you have been faithful”. I doubt that they mean to imply that they had an easy and uneventful life. What is more likely, is that they lived through good and bad and were able to see God’s hand in the midst of it.
When I look back on my own life so far as a 30-year-old, there are definitely things that, from an earthly perspective, I could and – according to some – should be extremely bitter about. And some days it is tempting to turn my back on the Lord and walk in the opposite direction. However, where would I go?
The New Testament tells us that one day, following a particularly difficult teaching, many of those who were following Jesus left him. Jesus turned to his disciples and asked whether they too would leave him. To which, Simon Peter, one of his disciples, replies. “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life, and we have believed, and have come to know, that you are the Holy One of God” (Jn. 6:68-69). Those who were closest to Jesus when he walked this earth, witnessed that Jesus was Holy, that there was none better than him.
Lord, to whom shall we go… There is none greater, none better, none holier to run to (no, we are not our own gods and no amount of willpower, good vibes or rationality will ever elevate us over our Creator). Maybe the following scriptures can be of help when the enemy of our soul tries to convince us that we should be running anywhere but to our loving God and Father:
HE IS GOOD TO ALL
I find the following verses helpful when life seems to spin out of control. God is not out to get us and actually enjoys blessing us!
- “He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous.” (Matt. 5:45)
- “Every good thing given and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shifting shadow.” (Jas. 1:17)
HE CARES FOR THOSE WHO TRUST IN HIM
His care for us may not always look the way we would like it to, but that doesn’t make it less true that He looks after us.
- “The Lord is good, a refuge in times of trouble. He cares for those who trust in him.” (Nah. 1:7)
- “Look at the birds in the air, they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?” (Matt. 6:26)
EBENEZER – THUS FAR THE LORD HAS HELPED US!
Make note of the ways in which He has helped you in the past. In what ways has He been good to you? If he has done it before, He can certainly do it again!
- “Then Samuel took a stone and set it up between Mizpah and Shen. He named it Ebenezer, saying, ‘Thus far the LORD has helped us’.” (1 Sam. 7:12)
- “But I trust in your unfailing love, my heart rejoices in your salvation. I will sing to the Lord, for He has been good to me” – (Ps. 13:5-6)
IN A CRISIS HE IS STILL GOOD
I am in no way saying that bad things do not happen to believers. The current COVID-19 is perhaps a good illustration of that. However, when these painful terrible things happen in our lives, God is right there with us and He can use them for good instead of the evil they were intended to accomplish.
- “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose” (Rom. 8:28)
- “You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives.” – (Gen. 50:20)
Where does that leave us? God truly is good and we have many reasons to lean into Him in a crisis. Encourage one other to lean into the Lord’s goodness as you work through the crises knocking on your door.