Naked and transparent (see previous post)….
What keeps me from thinking God is always good?
I hate money and the fact that you need it to live in this world God created.
My child suffers from heart break.
Sometimes I feel alone and worthless.
People get away with stuff they should be nailed for.
Good people die too early and mean people die to late.
Illness and diseases plague Gods children.
Life is hard and frustrating and unpredictable.
Is this enough transparency for you?!
Surely your goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever. Psalm 23:6
This is the sum of my belief in God’s goodness. He is good and His goodness follows me all the days of my life and my final destination is hanging out with Him forever, in His house no less. Done.
But I do have times I waiver and question.
One big question that plaques me as I ponder God’s goodness is, will God will really give everyone a chance to become His or has predestined some and not others. I wonder this because of some words in the bible that I don’t understand.
For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters. And those he predestined, he also called; those he called, he also justified’; those he justified, he also glorified. Romans 8:29-30
This is one of those mysteries that we don’t get to seek and find the answer too. Sure you can come up with your own conclusions and read commentary after commentary. You can create a pretty strong argument for each side, everyone has an opinion, there are many sides, many not-the-truth truths.
Ignorance is the number 1 killer of truth. To not know is to be ignorant. To be ignorant is paralyzing. To not understand things drives me nuts. So I study. But there are times in my study that I don’t find a solid rock to stand on concerning my questions, so I go find one. It may not match my conflicted spirit exactly but it is a solid rock and I stand on it!
But in the days when the seventh angel is about to sound his trumpet, the mystery of God will be accomplished, just as he announced to his servants the prophets. Revelation 10:7
For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,’ declares the Lord. “As the heavens are higher than the earth so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.” Isaiah 55:8-9
I believe so strongly that God is good all the time that to share with you my doubts is like trying to argue that its possible that the sun may not rise tomorrow. I can’t. Because it will and God is good because He is.
But when doubt does creep up or wavering blows by I’ve learned to turn to God’s word and find some sure things. Some rocks that don’t move. A place of truth that I can hold on to and be steady. The place where God knows I’ll be safe and a place where God can work out the answer to my doubts. He is good that way. Surely, His goodness will follow me!
The assurance of this message was brought to you by Psalm 34.
Go read it!