Often I have heard people say, ‘How good God is! We prayed that it would not rain for our church picnic, and look at the lovely weather!’ Yes, God is good when He sends good weather. But God was also good when He allowed my sister, Betsie, to starve to death before my eyes in a German concentration camp. ~ Corrie Ten Boom
Is God good? Look around. What do you think? Is God good all the time? Corrie Ten Boom looked around and said Yes, all the time.
I often hear people say When I get to heaven, I’m going to ask God why… My thought is, don’t wait until you get to heaven. Ask Him now. He can handle it. He’s certainly used to it.
I just wonder if why is the real question? Maybe instead we should be asking Who ARE You, anyway? I think who is at the root of the problem of pain, not why.
As the struggles of this life pile up and become the omphaolos (the hub) we look for peace in the whys. Why doesn’t God always send sun for the picnic, spare the one being abused, heal an illness or remove a thorn in the flesh? We ask but He doesn’t justify Himself. I’m guessing that if He did, out of our pain or arrogance, we’d still try to bargain or argue.
I’m not much on asking God why. But when I’m hurting and God seems distant, if I’m not finding comfort in Him, in the not knowing, I try asking myself who do I think He is?
Is God LOVE? He says so and if there was ever doubt, Jesus clarified that on the cross.
Is God GOOD? Is He good all the time or do I worship a moody, unpredictable God?
Is God ALWAYS RIGHT or is he just another god, not the God–but one given to messing up from time to time.
Questions are important. Questions help us establish security and trust in a relationship. It’s equally important to look at the questions and see if we’re asking the right ones. For me, once the Who is settled, the why becomes relevant only to the extent that I learn to lean.