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Is God Good?

If God is good why is there so much suffering, destruction and death in the world?  This is the age-old question that many people face at some point in their life.  How could a "good God" do such bad things?  According to Genesis, when mankind rebelled against the goodness of God, the curse of sin and death came upon the earth and everything changed. 

I heard a news commentator speaking of the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami shortly after it occurred.  He said there were two options:  Either God was all-powerful and yet uncaring or God was caring and yet not all-powerful.  Actually, neither is correct. The Bible tells us in John 10:10 "The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly."   God is not the problem, He is the answer.

To blame God for all that is evil or that goes wrong in the world or in our lives would be like blaming Ford Motor Co. for the brand new 2015 Ford Explorer that was just demolished in an accident. That vehicle came off the assembly line in perfect condition, but then one day, a wreck occured. God created a perfect world that He then gave man dominion over (Genesis 1:27-31), but then man rebelled and got in a "wreck". We have been paying the price ever since. God sent His Son in the likeness of sinful flesh (Romans 8:3) that sin could be condemned and destroyed in the life of all that would receive Him!

Psalm 119:68 says "You are good, and You do good."  John Bunyon wrote that "the goodness of God is expressed to his creatures in four ways: benevolence (God gives), grace (God favors), longsuffering (God sustains), and mercy (God forgives)".  Sometimes His goodness and mercy prevent a difficulty.  Other times His goodness and grace take us through a difficulty.  Whether you need comfort, strength or faith in a time of need God's goodness will supply what you need.  Don't run from God in bitterness during a time of need, instead run to Him!  He will supply, He is good...all the time!

Glad Tidings Church

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