God Is Good (All the Time)

Author: Naomi Zylstra — Host: Andrew StevensPosted on: March 11, 2020

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God Is Good (All the Time)

“God is good. All the time,” Christians say. But what do these words really mean? God’s goodness means He is both generous and merciful. The ultimate example of God’s goodness to humans is Jesus Christ, who died and rose again so that we might have an opportunity to be made whole again—free from sin. As Christians, we are covered by Jesus’ goodness; because of Jesus’ death and resurrection, before God, we are declared “righteous” (or sinless), even when we mess up. Then, through the Holy Spirit, we can begin to show God’s goodness in ways we never could before we knew Jesus (2 Corinthians 3:18; Galatians 5:22). But even though Jesus is good, we don’t always feel like He is being good to us. Problem after problem chips away at us until we are exhausted. School, friends, family, jobs—they all demand pieces from us until we feel we have nothing left to give. We live in a broken world, but God is good. All the time. The amazing thing about God’s goodness? It is unchanging. God, the Almighty Creator and Savior, will always be good. He is with His people through everything we face, even working to one day restore all that is broken. Nahum 1:7 says, “The Lord is good, a strong refuge when trouble comes. He is close to those who trust in him.” The whole chapter of Nahum 1 is about God’s anger toward Nineveh, a city steeped in sin and brokenness. But nestled in God’s warnings of just judgment is this verse—a short but powerful reminder of God’s goodness. So, even when we are experiencing the brokenness of this world, God is good and remains good indefinitely. • Naomi Zylstra • In your life, has God ever seemed not good? Why? • We live in a world broken by sin, but God is not aloof to our suffering. He came down as a human, Jesus, to be with us and to destroy sin, death, and brokenness (John 1:14; 3:16-18). Jesus knows what our suffering is like, so, as His people through faith, we can come to Him with anything we’re facing (Hebrews 4:14-16). What struggles from your life can you bring to Him? • Read Revelation 21:15. How does Jesus’ promise to make all things new show His goodness? The Lord is good, a strong refuge when trouble comes. He is close to those who trust in him. Nahum 1:7 (NLT)

Read Verses:

Nahum 1:7; Romans 8:28-29; James 1:17