Is God Still Good?

I came bounding down the stairs on Sunday morning, patting myself on the back for being only five minutes late for our appointed time to leave for church. As my husband rounded the corner and met me at the bottom, I prepared myself for his sweet, but somewhat sarcastic, “Ready?”

Instead, the first word out of his mouth was, “Terrorists…”

While I listened to everything he said after, in my mind I saw a plane crashing into a tower. I thought of the girls in Iraq ripped from their families and placed in bondage. I remembered those in San Bernardino, my own backyard, gunned down in the seeming safety of a workplace holiday party.

It’s unfathomable really. Entirely sickening. That a living, breathing human being, could think themselves entitled to rob this world of the breath of another out of pure hate. Forty nine lives were stolen and countless others were altered because evil, in its highest form, gripped one man.

“This is no afternoon athletic contest that we’ll walk away from and forget about in a couple of hours. This is for keeps, a life-or-death fight to the finish against the Devil and all his angels.”
Ephesians 6:12 MSG

Is God still good? Someone somewhere, and likely more than one is asking that question right now. In the face of insurmountable loss and unexplainable grief, they are wondering how God could allow what they treasured to be ripped from their life.

A mother who received the worst wake up call of her life.

Parents who never had a chance to say, “I love you anyways.”

Family longing to know where and when and how.

People searching for answers and concluding that there are none that satisfy.

This situation, these circumstances are muddy and complicated. No one deserved this. No one earned it. No one asked for it. There are life choices we can’t understand mingled with choices to take life we can’t comprehend. There are actions before, during, and after that must be reconciled, must be weighed.

But in the midst of every unanswered question, there is one truth that rises: God is still good.

This fall, this loss and pain were never His purpose for us; they were never His plan. But evil enters in and distorts good. Knowledge is turned upside down and acted upon with power that was never intended to be wielded by man. Cowards rally with fear and intimidation and steal what isn’t theirs to take—precious life.

God is still good.

There is grief among His children, and so God is grieved too. We can’t begin to wrap our finite minds around the depth of His love for every single soul touched by tragedy. Evil at its worst is conquered by love at its finest. (Tweet that.)

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God’s gracious, scandalous, more-than-we-deserve affection stretches beyond lifestyle choice, circumstance, and condition and reaches deeper than our flawed nature can even contend with. We are called to love because He loved.

God is still good.

And because of His overwhelming goodness, evil is addressed with authority and swift justice. The arrogance and pride that without remorse stole what is only God’s to take, will be called to court. Free will does not come without its consequences and every action is answered before an Almighty Judge. As sure as God is good, hell is real.

God is still good.

Even when we can’t understand; when we can’t begin to piece together the how and why, God is still good. He is still and forevermore the God who loved us so much that He laid down the life of the one most precious to Him so that His most precious would not perish.

Father, we join our heart with yours and ask for healing, for restoration, for reconciliation. Might Your love for us and our love for others shine light in the darkness. We wait on You and watch for goodness to rise from ashes, for glory to come from unimaginable grief, because You are always good.

You can also find these words linked up at my favorite spots:  Holly Barrett (#testimonytuesday), Jennifer Dukes Lee (#tellhisstory)Holley Gerth (#coffeeforyourheart), and Kristin Hill Taylor (#threewordwednesday).


31 thoughts on “Is God Still Good?

  1. Even when we can’t understand; when we can’t begin to piece together the how and why, God is still good…Yes!!! Tiffany, your words are timely comfort. It seems our messages were very similar as both of our hearts needed to refocus on our crazy good God! I invite you to share on Fresh Market Friday!

  2. We live in scary times. Orlanda can’t seem to catch a break this week. 3 tragic new stories back to back. It would make one want to isolate themselves from the world just to stay safe. But God doesn’t call us to safety, does he? Now’s our time to show the hurting world our love and who our hope comes from. Praying that Christians all over the world will unite and be love and light.

  3. Amen Tiffany- God is indeed still good— and still working in all these situations. To focus on his great power rather than our suffering makes it easier to deal with I think. Thanks for a very well spoken reminder.♥

  4. Well, I wrote this out in big letters for on my desk over the next while…. “God’s gracious, scandalous, more-than-we-deserve affection stretches beyond lifestyle choice, circumstance, and condition and reaches deeper than our flawed nature can even contend with. We are called to love because He loved.”
    Thank you for such words of grace, and thanks doesn’t even really cover it… love your heart! Keep shining, girl. xxoo

  5. Yes, God is still good. This resonates with me, because that same morning, a police officer was killed in the line of duty in our fairly small town. We haven’t lost an officer in the line of duty in 40 years. No matter what form evil takes …

    1. I’m so sorry to hear that, Dianne. Praying for your town and the family of that fallen officer…that Gods grace and goodness we meet them in tangible ways in the days ahead. 💛

  6. Great post! In the midst of our doubt and pain and confusion God is still good. And I love the ultimately he provides the answer and “Evil at its worst is conquered by love at its finest.”

  7. Pity there’s no “LOVE!!!” button. Great post, Tiffany.

    Evil came into the world through the need for free will, the facility that God placed in our hands so that we could choose His ways. It can take the form of illness, or natural disaster, or terrorism.

    Hope you don’t mind me blowing my own horn, but in facing terminal illness I wrote a short e-book on the subject, called “Faith In The Night”. There’s a link to it on my blog. It’s 99 cents on Amazon, but I’d be glad to send you a PDF if you’d be interested.

    1. So glad to see you here, Andrew. Indeed, free will takes so many forms that God simply never intended it to. So glad that together we’ll get to see Him right every wrong. And…you are welcome to blow your horn in my space anytime. I’ll gladly visit you place and check out the e-book. Praying for you, friend.

  8. So true my dear friend: Love always conquers evil. God is on His Throne, the Righteous Judge, who will sort all of this mess out in the end. We can look to Him, lean on Him. “Hear my cry, O God; attend to my prayer. From the end of the earth, I will cry to You, when my heart is overwhelmed; lead me to the rock that is higher than I” (Psalm 61:1-2). Praying for those in so much pain in Orlando. May they find relief in the arms of a loving and good God.

  9. Thanks for sharing your thoughts here today Tiffany and yes our God is still good. Like you said we may not always understand the tragedies and trials that occur in life but God asks us to trust Him. I was going to write about this in my newsletter and send to my subscribers on Sunday but I guess I was in shock. Thank you for articulating so well . May we continue to shine as bright lights for Christ in this dark world. Have a blessed week my friend!

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