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Where is God's Goodness?

Updated: Apr 12

New Year’s Eve 2021 — I got a call that my favorite person — my grandfather — was in the ICU with COVID. I drove to my hometown to be with him. My grandmother and I went to the ICU every day to see him. I sat, prayed, and worshipped over him, believing for his healing with complete faith that he would be just fine. But literally overnight, my grandfather went from stable to his organs shutting down. I still didn't give up,  I prayed and declared that my grandfather would be healed. 

A few hours later, he had passed away. And just like that, my life radically changed.

I was heartbroken, sucker-punched into a depth of pain I wouldn't wish on my worst enemy. From planning the funeral, managing the weighty affairs he left behind, and caring of my grandmother, getting out of bed every day for the first two months took every bit of God's grace. My heart was so heavy, but I hung onto this scripture for dear life. 

Romans 8:28 “And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.”

Any time someone would ask me how I was, I just kept saying:

"There has to be some good that comes out of this, God said so."

But, after a while, I begin to feel that if God can't make it good — I could. I tried to curate my life to make me ok — filling my life with work, relationships, and pursuits of things and people I felt like could make up the difference in everything I couldn't accomplish anymore for my grandfather.

What I've realized is that everything I tried to MAKE happen over the last two years, ended up being wasted effort. But, in all the areas that I admitted that I didn't have the answers, I've seen God's sovereign hand. He is yet and still proving just how profound all the words within Romans 8:28 are.

"God causes everything to work together. . ."

Many people blame God for the bad things that happen in the world, forgetting that God gave HUMANS dominion over this Earth. People have free will; this world is full of sin, so bad things happen. God doesn’t cause it, but he does USE it. Nothing catches him by surprise, and that means he has a plan for it every little thing that concerns you. God’s plan is a melting pot of the good and the bad, working together for a greater good.

". . . for the good of those..."

I hear a lot of people quote this wrong: "God is working everything together for my good." But, Paul didn't make this statement singular, and I believe that's because no one person's idea of "good" is actually, "good." We are flawed human beings, so our natural bend it toward self gratification. What we desire isn't always good for us overall — and even if it is, it may not be good for "those" — which includes your brothers and sisters in Christ, too! I'll give you an example:

One day, I prayed for rain to stop while out shopping, which usually worked. This time, it didn’t, and I ended up getting soaked! I was a little frustrated that it SEEMED as though God didn't hear me. Well later that day, I talked to a my friend who had long battled with depression. She told me that earlier that day, she was feeling really low and prayed to God for a sign that God hadn't forgotten about her: Rain.

Imagine if God would have answered my prayers, and not hers? In this instance, and many others, I thank God that he didn't answer my prayer.

". . . who love God and are called according to His purpose."

People tend to use this part of this scripture to "qualify" who can get God's goodness. But I don't think that's what Paul meant by this. If we keep reading the next verses, we see that God chose us.

"For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters. And those he predestined, he also called; those he called, he also justified; those he justified, he also glorified." Romans 8:29-30

In Romans 8:28, Paul reminds us of who we already are — not telling us who we have to be. The Lord ALREADY CHOSE us to be His, to love him, and to be part of His Purpose. So the promise of him working in our lives is a sure thing.

So, where is God's goodness? It's a sure thing! I pray that your faith is activated to wait to see the Goodness of the Lord — which is promised "in the land of the living." (Psalm 27:13)

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