God is Always Good

Every gift God freely gives us is good and perfect, streaming down from the Father of Lights, who shines from the heavens with no hidden shadow or darkness and is never subject to change. (James 1:17 TPT)

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God is good! There’s no shadow of turning in him. Meaning, he will never be anything but good in our lives.

If God diverted even a microscopic shift from goodness, he’d no longer be God.

What would this revelation of his absolute goodness mean in our lives? If we embraced that despite circumstances, he is pure love, absolute goodness, and complete kindness?

Let’s consider the recent natural disasters. Hurricane Harvey and Irma. Would a good God cause these natural disasters?

Some preach, “Of course. This is his way of leading people to repentance. Only way of judging sinners and luke-warm believers.”

Personally, I don’t want to serve a god who’d bring disasters to teach us a lesson. 

If a parent in our country did the same thing or had that same mindset, they’d be taken to court. Probably locked up or considered cruel or insane.

Let’s say an adult son is on drugs and stole from their parents. No matter how many times the parents ask the son to enter rehab, come to church, and get prayer, the son refuses their offers. He lives with his drug buddies in a run down shack on the edge of town. Would you as a father or mother sneak into the house and turn on all the faucets so the house will flood and they can’t live there anymore?

Or burn it down, so they have nowhere to live? That way, the son will learn that his actions have consequences. Teach him a lesson to never steal from you again. And hopefully he’ll start listening to you. Come to church. Seek God. Doubt it, especially if he discovers you were the culprit. You probably drove him even further away because obviously he can’t trust you.

Then why would we assign such nefarious traits to God?

For, I can’t find this theory in the New Testament. Where does Jesus tell us that God causes natural disasters to judge his people?

Instead, the Bible says:

  • God judges no one, but gave the Son as the judge: “In addition, the Father judges no one. Instead, he has given the Son absolute authority to judge,” (John 5:22 NLT) Meaning… Jesus paid the penalty of sin and death for us; thus, he’s the judge. If we believe in him, we no longer inherit a sin nature. If we don’t believe, we are condemned already.

Since Jesus is the judge, what is his view of sinners and judgment?

When the Samaritans turned away Jesus’s messengers and not allowed Jesus to pass through their village on his way to Jerusalem, James and John were offended. So, they said to Jesus, “Lord, if you wanted to, you could command fire to fall down from heaven just like Elijah did and destroy all these wicked people.” (Luke 9:54b TPT)

Jesus’s response?

“Don’t you realize what comes from your hearts when you say that? For the Son of Man did not come to destroy life, but to bring life to the earth.” (Luke 9:55 TPT)

Jesus is God’s avenue to lead people to repentance. Jesus is the manifestation of God’s goodness.

“Do the riches of his extraordinary kindness make you take him for granted and despise him? Haven’t you experienced how kind and understanding he has been to you? Don’t mistake his tolerance for acceptance. Do you realize that the wealth of his extravagant kindness is meant to melt your heart and lead you into repentance?” (Romans 2:4 TPT)

Now, God’s romancing all sinners so they will repent and believe in him. And his devotion to sinners is intense — he leaves the 99 to go after that 1. He doesn’t woo them with disasters and evil, but with love. Until the very end. Then it’s too late if they refuse to repent when they die physically.

That’s when they face Jesus. “Did you believe?” If not, they have to face the punishment of their sins. Trust me, it’s a sad day for God when those he loves refused to accept his gift of love and are eternally separated from him.

So, where’s Jesus in these natural disasters?

He’s with the first-responders as they rescue those flooded out of their homes or cars. He’s with those giving money and resources. He’s with each person devastated by the hurricanes.

And he’s walking with them as they rebuild their lives. 

My prayer for those affected by the Hurricane, is they’d see Christ sharing in their sufferings and redeeming their loss. And they’d know without a shadow of a doubt that God is good and he longs for them to know him as their Father through Christ.

How about you? What has God taught you about his goodness? Please share in Comments below. Thank you.

Here are links to some excellent relief organizations:

Samaritan’s Purse:

Christ in Action:

Iris Global Ministries (Heidi Baker’s ministry):

 

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