God’s Goodness

Men like atheist Christopher Hitchens dismiss the existence of God in large part because of the existence of evil. One line of thinking is that if God existed He is either not good, not powerful, or not caring. He could not, they believe, be good, caring, and powerful and co-exist with evil.

What irony that they don’t turn around and scrutinize goodness. From where do acts of kindness from strangers originate, or the encouragement from a verse of Scripture or the ethereal beauty of fog wisps floating in and out of palm trees and pier pilings?

Who can explain the transformation of the Huaorani people in Ecuador after Jim Elliot’s death? Or the message of forgiveness Corrie ten Boom preached after losing her father and sister under Nazis cruelty? Who can explain Job’s restoration of wealth after losing all or Joseph’s rise to power in Egypt after being sold into slavery?

In other words, who can explain Romans 2:28 – “And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.”

How could a God who was not good work all things together for good? And Christians see time and again God’s hand working tragedy into triumph, suffering into sanctification, sacrifice into salvation.

Only God’s goodness can be credited with such miracles as Ruth experienced. The widowed immigrant at the edge of poverty becomes the great-grandmother to Israel’s greatest king, in the direct line of the Messiah.

Who could write such a story? People today would think it too … good, too sappy, too sweet. But that’s God, isn’t it. He goes beyond what we think could possibly happen. He gives more, loves more, sacrifices more.

He takes brokenness and makes a vessel fit for a king, takes a wayward woman and makes her His bride, takes discarded branches and grafts them into His vine.

He hunts down the lost, comforts the grieving, answers the cry of the needy.

Above all, He gives Himself. He sent His prophets to teach the rest of us what we need to know about Him. More, He Himself came in the form of Man, then gave us His Spirit and His written Word.

God’s goodness is imprinted on the world. We have the starry sky, the harvest moon, billowing clouds, flashing lightening, crystalline icicles, yellow-red leaves, falling snow, crashing waves, the rocky grandeur of mountains, and on and on. How can we look at this world and not see God’s goodness?

How can we think that the good things we enjoy are accidents of nature or results of human endeavor? Nature is morally indifferent and Mankind is marred. God alone is good, without wavering, without exception.

May He be praised now and forevermore.

Published in: on November 19, 2010 at 6:50 pm  Comments (5)  
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  1. Yes! Yes! Yes! Great post Becky 🙂

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  2. I totally agree that only God is good.

    Happy Thanksgiving, Becky. Thanks for your visit.

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  3. Morgan, Sally, thanks for the feedback. This is a topic close to my heart—one of the significant turning points when I realized God is good no matter what I see in the world.

    And Sally, sorry I didn’t have my review up. I assume you stopped by to see how we similarly saw the book. I’d hit “publish” but something glitched. I even lost my edited version and had to re-edit after it had gone out to subscribers. Yikes! Anyway, I appreciate you stopping by.

    Becky

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  4. Of interest: http://www.stephenjaygould.org/ctrl/flew_falsification.html

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  5. Matthew, an interesting argument, especially considering that Anthony Flew came to believe in the existence of God, though not in a loving Heavenly Father.

    If I could have answered his question, “What would have to occur or to have occurred to constitute for you a disproof of the love of, or the existence of, God?” I would say, Jesus would not have been born nor would the Bible have been given.

    Obviously both those happened, so God’s existence and His existence as a loving Heavenly Father has been assured.

    Thanks for the comment.

    Becky

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