Is God REALLY good? And, does he actually care about the details of a life like mine? Or a life like yours?
Maybe God cares about great people of power and influence. People like Einstein, and Mother Teresa, and Billy Graham. Maybe he cared about the great people of the Bible like Moses, and King David, and the Apostle Paul. Maybe even philosophers like Plato or Leibniz, but a simple life like mine?
And is he actually bothered with making good things come out of the weakest and most difficult times of our lives? Does he really know that finances are strained, relationships are broken, and sorrow is piercing the soul like a dagger? Does he really care? Does beauty really come from ashes?
The Bible proclaims that God is good? Nearly every Christian will flippantly mutter an expression of God’s goodness on any given day. The words can feel empty and flat. The evidence when we look around this world seems stacked against him. Death of loved ones, tragedies, illness, killing sprees, anger, division, violence, hate, rape, war, drugs, refugees, hunger, deception, corruption, poverty, abuse, human trafficking…
Is there goodness here? Is there hope here?
“For the LORD is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations.” Psalm 100:5
No doubt evil persists. We can see it’s underhanded work in the details of our lives and in the global reign of terror. We see fear and animosity and something so sinister it’s name eludes me.
“Yet when I hoped for good, evil came; when I looked for light, then came darkness.” Job 30:26
If God is really bigger, stronger, truer, and greater, why do these things persist? Where is he? Where is the goodness?
When we suffer the depths of sorrow and betrayal and when dreams are broken, his goodness seems so distant, like an intangible idea that exists only in theory.
The shape of every river, the power of the wind and the beauty of mountains covered in glimmering snow all testify to a world handmade by God and speak volumes to the detail and care he puts into us. And yet… sometimes life, with the breath of agony and the breaking of our hearts and the anxiety of loss, seems empty of a God who cares for the details.
Often, he feels faraway, uninvolved, and silent. Perhaps in some distant time and space he is or was good, but goodness can feel so far removed from the place and time of our own existence.
I get it. I’ve wondered.
Let me assure you…you ARE seen. Your specific life, in all its glory or simplicity, matters to God. You were fashioned and created with the same care he poured into the mountains. No…with more care. You are wanted, you are pursued. You are treasured.
My heart aches as I see you in my mind’s eye struggling and hurting and suffering and feeling hopeless. I see you in the burdens of this life grasping for a life preserver that eludes you. Where is hope, where is love, where is goodness and where is God?
God is here. God is there. In his quiet, unassuming manner he is with you and with me. He wants you, he is waiting for you to want him back.
Join me in a writing series as I explore who God is and the depth of his goodness and the truth of his deep love for you and me as I dig into the question: Is God really good?
Author: Jacqi Kambish
*Side note: I post every other week, typically on Mondays. I believe that the Bible is God’s inerrant word and my posts on this subject are made with the assumption that God is real. Feel free to believe as you want, but please know that my intent here is not to debate God’s existence but to build on that belief.