This week I posted this super cute quote on my Instagram that read, “God is good all the time”. Then the very next day, I got hit with some bad news and it completely ruined my day sending me into a whirlwind of emotions. I was angry and sad and couldn’t understand why God would let something so bad happen to me. After all, I was doing everything right and then this unexpected wrench got thrown into my life. I got on my Instagram page later that night after sobbing and feeling defeated all day long, and I read that quote, “God is good all the time”. I kept running that through my mind. Did I really believe that God is good ALL the time or just when things are going my way?
Guilt swept over my heart, I was so content to praise God when things were going the way I wanted but as soon as something happened that wasn’t expected, I blamed God for not being good. Sometimes I am selfish with my praise and I also tend to take His goodness for granted. But after talking the situation through with my husband, we had realized that God had already provided the means to take care of the problem before we even realized it. Once again God showed me that He is good, ALL the time.
It’s easy for me to recognize His goodness when things are going well and everything is happening according to my schedule and my wants but when I don’t get what I want then I immediately have a tantrum complaining that He isn’t being good enough. God can’t be anything but good, it is exactly who He is. The moments when I am selfish and God still chooses to show me mercy and goodness are so sweet. It reminds me who I am, it puts me back into my place ,and once again I’m in awe of this ocean of grace He allows me to wash myself in daily.
There are times when I am not so quick to realize His goodness and wallow in my self-pity and brokenness, being too stubborn to take the blame for my actions and realize that I am the one who is not good all the time. He is so patient with me, always a gentleman, never demanding my obedience but lovingly waiting for me to admit my selfishness and return to His goodness.
God has my best intentions at heart, He wants the very best for me and sometimes that means I have to walk the worst roads to get to the best ending. Times will get hard, things will happen out of my control, He may allow my heart to be broken, or a tragedy to come my way but He will never abandon me and He will never stop being good. Sometimes it takes being broken to appreciate how necessary He is to be made whole again.
So even though I may forget His goodness during hard moments in this life, when nothing feels good... I can rest in the fact that God is always good, all the time, no matter what & I am blown away by the fact that He will never stop reminding me of His goodness.
“Surely goodness and mercy will follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever.” Psalm 23:6
Bad things in this life are going to happen and the sooner that we accept that, the easier it is to believe that God is good in those times of trial. When we walk through these rough patches, it is an opportunity to be molded into something that looks more Christ-like and less like ourselves. Instead of assuming that God just isn’t good during our times of hardship or that He won’t show up, we need to try and see what God is trying to show us through it. I guarantee that if we search hard enough, we will always find His goodness and He has the best waiting for us.
Have a great week & KNOW that God is good ALL the time!
Amanda Williams is a forty-year old wife and mother of two who can still swing her pony tail and display just a tad of sass. She is also a Jesus loving girl who realizes she is nothing without the One who saved her. Amanda has two degrees specializing in serving students with special needs and is currently working in the field of Leadership Development. She is a Christian author, speaker, blogger, and publisher who loves serving beside her husband at her local place of worship, First Baptist Church of Ocala.