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Is God really good?

Is God really good?

by Bibi Babatunde-Ikotun

Hi everyone, welcome back to www.bibilamour04.com, I'm so glad you clicked this link. Your being here makes me feel really good especially because we're approaching two years of weekly content. Can you believe it? Wow, God is wonderful! 

So we all know the saying that almost every Christian knows:

Call: God is good
Response: All the time
Call: All the time
Response: God is good

I want to probe you a bit about the goodness of God. Do you genuinely believe God is good? I want to you remove the thoughts of your answered prayers, blessings, salvation and the likes. Ask yourself, "Do I really believe God is good?"

I ask this because there are many things we say in the faith that we necessarily don't believe. For example, we may believe that we've been justified but still think it will cost us something to be eternally saved. 

When we call Him the "unchangeable God", do we really believe that He is unchanging? Sometimes, we face trials because we live in a fallen world but does that affect the way we see God? We should really think about this, ask our loved ones what they think too.

So I ask again, do you believe God is good?
Mark 10:18 (AMPC) And Jesus said to him, Why do you call Me essentially and perfectly morally good? There is no one essentially and perfectly morally good—except God alone.
Jesus shows us in the verse above that NO ONE is good except God alone. God, Himself is the definition of good. Sometimes, based on our human thinking we tend to deem people as good or bad. Sometimes, we may feel like God is not necessarily good because he didn't give us something we ask for. You may be reading this and thinking, if God is so good why does He send people to hell? or maybe you think God is bad when you lost a loved one and haven't been able to see God in a different light. I get it, your thoughts are valid but God is the definition of love. He is the yardstick, there's nothing good outside Him.
Psalm 25:6a (NKJV) Good and upright is the Lord;
Brothers and sisters, we must remain immovable in our belief about the goodness of God.

In good times and in bad times, God remains the same (good). He is constant, never changes. His goodness towards us can not be measured by the positive or negative situations we're in. He is good all the time. In a world where change is constant, does God change too? Can we really trust that He will be the same today and tomorrow? The only way we can find out is by His Word
James 1:17 (KJV) Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.

Hebrews 13:8 (KJV) Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever.

Numbers 23:9 (NKJV) “God is not a man, that He should lie, Nor a son of man, that He should repent. Has He said, and will He not do? Or has He spoken, and will He not make it good?

Malachi 3:6 (KJV)  For I am the Lord, I change not; therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed
I really love Malachi 3:6 because it is before the new covenant. Some people argue that God changed because of the sacrifice of Jesus but we can clearly see that He was good before Jesus died. He didn't consume the children of Israel because His nature is good. That's who He is, good.

Some of us really think God is angry at us when we sin, hence our actions can change Him. You must know that God exists out of time and He knows the end from the beginning. You can't use emotions (sad, happy, angry etc) to judge the person that He is, His nature is what defines Him. God is good.
Psalms 103:30 (AMPC) If You, Lord, should keep account of and treat [us according to our] sins, O Lord, who could stand?
Stop thinking God is angry with you, He isn't! Stop running away from Him because you committed a sin, He is not counting it against you. Come back home, repent! What does it mean to repent? It means to change your mind. Change your mind about that sinful action that doesn't align with your identity in Christ.

Sorry for digressing.

Back to my gist, God is good.

The truth is He doesn't change and we can't use our life experiences (good or bad) to define His nature. If we do that, it means when we have a good day, we call Him good and a bad day means a bad God. I'm sure you don't want to serve a changing God. 

We must understand that the aim of the devil is to change our view of who God is. We must know that his attempts to attack our health, finances, relationships, life etc is only an attempt to shake what we believe about God. He wants us to doubt the goodness of God and lead us into complaining. You can check out "what is the true goal of satan?" to learn more.

So as we go on with our daily lives, we should continue to meditate on the goodness of God. His nature is good that's why he does marvellous things for you and gave you the gift of eternal life through your belief in Jesus. All by His grace, not by anything you do. 

Remember, God is always good.

With love,
Bibi

Check out my latest video on how to live boldly for Jesus. 

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