{ Stop Saying God is Good… (DAY 450) }

IMG_8695Yes! You read that right.  Stop saying God is good…just when things are going your way. It seems like lately I keep seeing or hearing people say “God is so good!” because something wonderful has happened to them.  Now before you write me off as being all picky I do agree that God is good.  Here’s the catch though.  God is good all the time.  Not just when you have a good hair day.  Not just when you meet that special someone.  Not just when you get that job you’ve been wanting.  Not just when everything is going your way.  God is good when your hair looks like a mess.  God is good when you’re all by yourself.  God is good when nothing has gone according to your dreams or plans.  God is good when you’re sick.  God is good.  He’s the same yesterday, today and forever.  He can’t change.

I’m SO thankful that people are saying God is good.  Because His is.  But let’s proclaim it joyfully even when everything seems to be going horribly.  In fact that’s when we need to say it even louder.  “Soul, all God’s promises and words are true!”  Thankfully our feelings don’t determine what is factual.  Our feelings are real and legitimate but they aren’t always truthful.

Right now my life isn’t “perfect” but it is a beautiful life.  I texted someone the other day and when she asked me how I was doing I said it had been a challenging year.  She replied, “It’s only been three months!”  My point exactly.  Here’s the incredible thing though, God has been good every second of every difficult day and moment.  While I don’t want a repeat of these months I’m thankful that God has been not just good but amazing.  He’s been faithful, he’s been patient, he’s been loving, he’s cared about the details, he hasn’t forgotten me.  If you’re in a hard season please please know God hasn’t forgotten you.

Also if we only say God is good in the happy/going well times what does that say about how we view him in the other times?  I’m not saying that you have to be all happy in the hard times (yes, you can still have joy but happy is something else entirely I believe) but I do still hope you can see through the dark that God is still good.  My friend said it so well, “Grace doesn’t make it easy, it makes it possible.”  I’m writing this because I need this reminder.  I’m writing this because God is carrying me even in a challenging season and has carried me through past difficulties.  So soul, God is good… all the time.  How thankful I am for the joy he gives and the goodness he showers on me constantly in every season.

P.S.  I know the picture has nothing really to do with this post but it was one of the prettiest snacks I have eaten and I was blanking on what would actually go along with this this topic…

6 Responses to { Stop Saying God is Good… (DAY 450) }

  1. Jon March 31, 2014 at 7:43 am #

    I’d contend that God is at his best when we are at our worst. I am blown away by his grace, and find joy and comfort in knowing that even at my lowest point, he still pursues me. He humbles me, calms me, heals me, and redeems me. What a God we serve! God IS good! In all things, at all times, without hesitation or doubt or question. Great post, Elaini.

    • misselaini March 31, 2014 at 8:24 pm #

      So true Jon. It’s incredible how he pursues us! Even when we run away from his love and kindness and grace! Amen! God is good…all the time!

  2. Rachel H. March 31, 2014 at 10:48 am #

    Amen. And Amen.

  3. Nicole March 31, 2014 at 2:52 pm #

    Exactly how I’ve been feeling lately. Thanks for the encouragement, and the humility. It’s been a rough year for me too, and God is just recently showing me too that I’m not forgotten. I’ve been comforted by Zecharia, “He who touches you touches the apple of [God’s] eye.” Let’s believe His promises and trust Him even when it seems unbelievable and defies all that we are feeling!

  4. misselaini March 31, 2014 at 8:28 pm #

    Nicole, I’m sorry you’ve had such a rough year already. At least there are still 9 months for it to turn around right?! 😉 But in all seriousness I do want to say to you that God has NOT forgotten you. If he were to forget you for a second you would cease to be for he sustains your very breath. He knows the number of hairs on your head! I think that means that he’s a God that cares about the details and is big enough to take care of them. I need that reminder all the time…. Amen I too am seeking to believe all his promises and trust him despite how I feel at times.

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