Is God good? It’s a question worth considering; and many have in recent weeks. With fires ravaging the west and hurricanes pummeling the east, our nation has been hit pretty hard. Whether you’re waist-high in water or standing near an ash heap; staring at the rubble of what once was your life is painful. And so we wonder.
A Costly Storm
He was stubborn. He said he would be fine. He was wrong. My father remained in his apartment in the French Quarters of New Orleans. I spoke with him a day or two before the storm hit and couldn’t convince him to leave. Katrina slammed hard into the Gulf Coast and the nation felt the sting of it.
The news was frightening and the search frustrating. Phone calls, internet lists and shelter searches led me down a rabbit hole to nowhere. In the end, sometime between hurricanes Katrina and Rita, my father lost his life. His body was found in his apartment weeks after the hurricane, having been missed on the first search. It was taken to a make-shift morgue where it was lost in a sea of body bags. There would be more weeks, more waiting, more searching and more questions.
If God is good, where was He in all of that? He was with me; right where He promised He’d be, doing just what He promised He’d do. Isaiah 41:10 “Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, Yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.” A co-worker asked, “How are you even standing?” My answer, “I’m being held.” It’s true you know.
Measuring His Goodness
The measure of God’s goodness is not gauged by the shifting sands of our comfort. It is measured by the fixed mark of His sacrifice and discomfort, and all we stand to gain from it. So, regardless of how the wind blows; whether we’re safe and secure or we’re watching our dreams go up in smoke, we can say with calm assurance that God is good…even while our hearts are breaking.
How About You
Are you overwhelmed by all that’s happening in the world? Have the winds of suffering blown hard against your own life, leaving you desperate for hope and a peaceful place of solace? Jesus said, Matthew 11:28 “Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” The offer is available for whoever will receive it. It’s there for you.
God bless you and keep you,
Scripture taken from the New King James Version. ® Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved.
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8 thoughts on “Is God Good?”
Wow, Roxanne. My heart is mush. Thank you for sharing your story and the hope that can be found in the dark. Sharing now…
I hope that others will find encouragement. Blessings Meg.
So good to see you writing again. I love seeing your name in my inbox. This story shreds my heart in two but simultaneously delivers comfort. God’s Word and Truth does that. That your for sharing.
Thank you for the kind words, April. It would take pages to tell of all that God did in those dark days. We serve a sovereign Savior. And yes, it’s been a while since I’ve written anything and am anxious to get back in the game. Blessings, friend.
I did. You truly have a special gift with your writings, you know your subject well, and express it so beautifully!
Thank you for your gracious words of encouragement. It is a pleasure to know The Subject. Blessings, Dana.
Most excellent, my friend! What a good and great God we serve.
Thank you, Chris. He is definitely both.