by The Mad Preacher
Those who trust in the LORD are like Mount Zion, which cannot be shaken but endures forever. (Psalm 125:1)
I believe one of the greatest truths of all time is found in a simple song written by Don Moen and Paul Overstreet. “God is good…all the time.” He is a good God and He is good all the time. And because of this undisputed fact we can trust Him… all the time! Consider this as well; because God is good all the time, whatever He allows to happen in your life is ultimately… good! What a glorious thought!
God wants to bring us to a place of absolute assurance. He wants us to be so tight with Him, that even if all Hell breaks loose around us and on us, we will not be shaken. Why? Because we KNOW that God is good, all the time! Proverbs 10:25 makes this declaration, “When the storm has swept by, the wicked are gone, but the righteous stand firm forever.” You see it’s the wicked that are blown away by storms, not the righteous.
Abraham had this kind of relationship with God. Romans Chapter 4 shows us the foundation of his faith. “Against all hope, Abraham in hope believed and so became the father of many nations, just as it had been said to him, ‘So shall your offspring be.’ Without weakening in his faith, [notice this] he faced the fact that his body was as good as dead―since he was about a hundred years old―and that Sarah’s womb was also dead. Yet he did not waver through unbelief regarding the promise of God, but was strengthened in his faith and gave glory to God, being fully persuaded that God had power to do what he had promised.” (Verses 18-21)
Abraham took a hard look at the situation that he was facing. He didn’t try to hide from what appeared to be obstacles to the promise, but rather, stood toe to toe with them. He made a quality decision to choose to trust a God whom he knew was good all the time. Abraham didn’t lie to himself and look for loopholes in God’s promises, as many of us are prone to do. He was personally acquainted with the integrity and goodness of the One who had promised.
And the scripture was fulfilled that says, “Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness,” and he was called God’s friend. (James 2:23)
The reason that Abraham was “fully persuaded” is simple. God was more than Abraham’s God… he was his friend. Consider this thought. God is not religious… He’s relational. God’s into the friendship thing in a big way. He wants a relationship with us, and God will do whatever it takes to obtain it and then do everything within His power to protect that relationship.
For example, God wants to remove from our life any bad habits or harmful attitudes that would interfere with our friendship with Him. So, often God lovingly allows the fires of adversity to come and purge us in order to eradicate the junk in our life. He does so in order to deliver us from the things that hurt our relationship with Him.
Romans 8:28-29 offers these profound words of comfort, “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the likeness of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers.”
A good father only wants what’s good for his children and will use every means at his disposal to accomplish this goal. Our Heavenly Father is no different. He’s a good Father and a good God. He only wants what’s good for those He loves. Indeed, He loves you with an immeasurable love. I encourage you to cling to this all-important truth―God is good, and He’s good all the time. Just trust Him!
Though I may not understand
All the plans You have for me
My life is in Your hands
And through the eyes of faith
I can clearly see…
God is good all the time
He put a song of praise
In this heart of mine
God is good all the time
Through the darkest night
His light will shine
God is good
God is good all the time *
* God is Good – All the Time, Words and music by Don Moen and Paul Overstreet © 1995 Integrity’s Hosanna! Music