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Conclusion of “Is God REALLY Good?”

My oldest daughter lay beside me, breathing deeply and absorbed in the restful sleep of safety, trust, and contentment.  Her small 8 year old body was snuggled in close to me as she slept.

I lifted my eyes toward heaven as a tear escaped.

Parenting is hard, especially when they don’t understand.  Does she really believe that I have her welfare in mind?

Earlier in the evening she had approached me with bright excited eyes, “Look what I found Momma.  Oh I love it!  Look!  Isn’t it great?”

My heart skipped a beat and sank a little.  While the object itself isn’t important what it represented is.  In my knowledge and understand I recognized it as an object of dark magic; a sinister representation of the Devil himself disguised as something cool.

She didn’t know.  She didn’t understand.

I hesitated.  Her bright eyes dimmed a bit and her brow furrowed slightly as she picked up on my lack of enthusiasm.

“I don’t think I can let you keep that, Sweet Pea,” I quietly said.

Why was I being hesitant?  How could I explain it?   It felt like I was crushing her and she had no idea why and that saddened me.

“I don’t wanna give it away!  I want it.  I love it!” Her voiced raised slightly and took on a desperate whine.  “Why don’t you like it?”  She continued as she clutched the object to her chest.

I was quiet.  Was she ready to hear it?   Could I help her understand?  The darkness in this world is larger than she can imagine.   Should I offer her a glimpse?

If I tell her…will it frighten her or empower her?

“We will discuss it later.”  I told her as I set the table for dinner and bought myself some time to silently pray.

Later had come and gone.

I did my best to explain what the object represented in a way an 8 year old could, possibly, contemplate.

But she responded with, “I still don’t understand,” in a pouty voice.

“I’m sorry.  It just has to be.  We can’t keep it.  We can’t have it in the house. I have to do my best to protect you.  Daddy and I have to make hard choices to watch over you and your brother and sister.  Please know that it is my job to protect you even when you don’t understand or agree.”

She nodded slowly as she considered my words.

“Do you believe that I will protect you?  I have to protect you and do things to benefit you even if you don’t understand or like them.   Do you believe me?”

She looked at me, sadness and moisture filled her eyes. “I believe you…but I still want it.”

I hugged her, “I know.”

She had said she believed me, but something in her eyes told me she wasn’t quite sure; the verdict was still out for consideration.  In that moment, I began questioning my parenting skills; why was she not absolutely sure?

“Can I sleep with you?”  She had asked hopefully.

“Yes.”

She found comfort in my arms and fell asleep quickly.  I did not.

“Let her believe me.  Let her believe that I have her best in mind.  Fill the gaps LORD…please fill the gaps.” I silently prayed.

Sometimes God responds with silence and I simply trust that He hears me, but tonight He responded quietly in the dark, “Do you see?  Sometimes it is the same for Me.  I have to take things away, or make choices to protect your heart and soul.  Sometimes it’s hard.  Often my Children do not understand.  I can’t explain it in a way they will be able to.  There are things you don’t know that I have to consider…  Can you feel it now?  Do you believe Me?”

I want to.

I want to believe Him when life is crappy and there seems to be no end in sight.  I want to believe Him when tragedy strikes and sorrow overcomes my soul.  I want to believe him when I see the horrors in this world…

I want to believe that He isn’t responsible and that He ultimately has our good in mind.

I do believe  LORD.

I do believe that He is working for our good and not for our destruction but sometimes…it’s hard to see the good.

My next thought immediately followed His words to me…there IS someone hell bent on my destruction and it isn’t God..  The same someone I am trying to protect my own child against.

God isn’t then enemy who is guilty of horrors we can hardly whisper, Satan is.  And, we live in a world overcome by him and his cronies.  He seeks to destroy and he’s successful.  It’s his only job: destroy by whatever means necessary.

“Be alert and of sober mind.  Your enemy the Devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.”  1 Peter 5:8

The good we do see, that is God.  That is God at work in a world owned by a evil dictator who hates us.

There is war here as well.  The war of God and His people lifting their voices, hearts, and souls against the spiritual attacks of a spiritual enemy.

Satan may be a worthy foe, but in the end he won’t be successful.

The idea that God is responsible for the bad in this world or that he has turned a blind eye is a lie.  The Devil loves to blame God because he is a liar and a thief and a destroyer.

God is good.

He is responsible for the only good we see in this world.  He has many attributes and goodness is an important one.  One we need to recognize, because if He is good then He cannot be responsible for the evil that is here.

He isn’t turning a blind eye either and one day the Devil, who is responsible for all these horrors, will pay for it.

“Do not take revenge, my dear friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: ‘It is mine to avenge; I will repay,’ says the LORD.”

Romans 12:19

If we can believe that God is good, then like my daughter, we can rest in His arms and fall asleep in peace; because even when we can’t and don’t understand this world, or how God is at work…

When we can’t see any goodness or feel his presence…

We can still rest in the belief, knowledge and understanding that He is indeed good, and that He has our welfare in mind.  That He really is working behind the scenes for the betterment of the one thing He cares most about…our souls.

He wants freedom, peace, love, contentment, hope and eternal life for our souls.  That life, freedom and abundance is only found in Christ Jesus.

Maybe the question isn’t “is God REALLY good”…

Maybe it’s, do we trust Him?

Do we believe Him when He tells us that He is good?

Because, if we believe Him, it changes everything.

“But if serving the LORD seems undesirable for you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve…But as for me and my household, we will serve the LORD.”  Joshua 24:15

Author: Jacqi Kambish

This is the conclusion of a 4 part series about God.  If you likes this post take a look at the others in the series: Is God REALLY Good?Who is God? Part 1Who is God? Part 2, and  Who is God? Part 3 (Is God REALLY Good?)

Who is God? Part 2 – Is God Really Good?

God of the Bible

The story of God continues with the birth of Cain and then Able in Genesis Chapter 4. Now sin and death have entered the picture and each boy comes into the world and develops different hearts and different desires. They still have access to God through the strained relationship their parents have with Him but Cain was self-indulgent and tried to pull a fast one on God, and God, knowing his heart, was not pleased. Cain got angry because God found favor with his brother Abel but not with him. God, like a parent, came to Cain and essentially said, “Why are you angry? If you make good choices and do the work you are able to do, then I would be happy with you.” (Genesis 4:6-10)

Cain found different solution, kill Abel.

A logical choice clearly.

God, knew that Cain was guilty of murder and Cain was forced to leave and become a wanderer.  Cain eventually married and had children, but, because Cain was not faithful to God that is where his story ends. Those who ventured off became their own master’s but they also missed out on the promises and blessings God intended for them. The Bible follows the story of those who were faithful to him.  And through their stories of faith, struggle, rejection, and redemption the story of God is also told.

After Cain and Able, Seth was born.  Seth was faithful and so the story of God continued to the next generation.  The population continued to grow and with growth came more people who rejected God while the faithful grew smaller and smaller in number.

THE FLOOD

That bring us to Genesis 6 and the flood. The people in the world had grown so selfish and prideful that they fully rejected God and his heart was grieved. But the real reason for the flood was something beyond that. God didn’t simply flood the earth because he was sad that he had been forsaken.  Genesis 6 tells us that the “sons of God” (angels) saw that the “daughters of men” (human women) were beautiful and desirable.

Then guess what happened?!

The angels started sleeping with these beautiful human women and impregnated them.

Ok, I know it sounds outlandish, but we are talking about the story of GOD! An all-powerful supernatural being…

Anyway, the angels slept with the women and got them pregnant and they had children who were half angel and extremely powerful and also immortal. These are referred to as The Nephilim. They were big shots and heroes so to speak, unfortunately, they were also “evil.”

Perfect!  What could possibly go wrong?

Super strong, evil immortals leading the people of earth.  Seriously, if you were God wouldn’t that be a little bit concerning to you? I’m just asking because I can see why this was a problem.

At that point God’s heart was so filled with pain at the wickedness of the people that He wished He had never created humanity. He decided that the only thing he could do was wipe the world out.  The people were wayward and wicked and following evil immortals and the world was getting pretty rotten pretty quickly.

This wasn’t what God wanted.  I’m convinced he put it off as long as possible and only turned to this option when there were no others.

But then, God saw Noah.

And, as it turns out, Noah was from the line of Seth and was a good man despite all the wickedness around him.

Is that not cool, or what?  Noah…from the line of Seth, who happened to choose God…

God saw Noah and saw that he was blameless among the people of his time. This does not mean that Noah was perfect, but he was walking with God the best he could. God saw his heart and had mercy on him.  This isn’t just for Noah because remember, God loves to be in relationship with us and Noah was still seeking God and so his story continued.  Noah built the ark and he, with all his family got in, and God sent the flood waters.

A New Beginning

After the flood, God got to start over, so to speak, with humanity. God decided to set up an exchange of promises with Noah. Start fresh with these humans and “make an agreement” kinda thing. So basically God told Noah, “Here are the new expectations for remaining in relationship with Me. Take care of the earth and the animals. By the way, you are welcome to eat the animals now,” (which makes sense since the vegetation would have been water logged and probably covered in mud). “I give them to you to eat just as you have always had plants to eat. And you will rule over them and they will fear you.”

Rule 1: Take care of the earth. Rule 2: You can eat the animals but don’t eat meat that has lifeblood in it. In other words, don’t be savages and eat or drink animal blood.  Rule 3: Don’t murder each other or there will be consequences. (Genesis 9:6).

So we went from 1 rule in The Garden to 3 rules post flood.  Three rules to follow, and actually, the first two aren’t even really rules per say, more like expectations that are to be upheld.  I don’t think God was being unreasonable here.

Again we see that God remained with the people who were faithful to follow and worship him.  God loves all of us, but he doesn’t promise blessings to those who reject Him.  This also does not mean that those who follow God are perfect but they are covered by his grace and able to remain in relationship with him.

THE POINT of the STORY

The rest of the Bible really, is about how God sought and found those who wanted Him. It is the battle of sin and the grip it has on our souls verses our freedom and peace with God. It is the story of the Israelite people; how God blessed them or withheld blessings when they were most sinful. It is the story of God’s heartbreak over their continuous rejection of Him despite His love for them. And, it is the story of his relentless pursuit of faithful people.

But, we can’t stay faithful and we fall away so easily.  Redemption seemed out of reach.  We needed a permanent solution.  Sin came into the world and it was messing everything up.  It needed conquered once and for all and only God himself could bring a permanent redemption and bring light to darkness, life to death, and relationship to brokenness.  But it meant doing something big…really big…

Author: Jacqi Kambish

This is Part 2 in the series “Who is God?”  where we are exploring the goodness of God.  Stay tuned for Part 3 due to post on Monday, April 23, 2017.  Feel free to go back and view the other parts of this series Is God Really Good? and Who is God?- Part 1