During my morning devotional, I was reading a passage from a book where the author stated that regardless of what we are going through, God has the ability to change our situations in a fraction of time.  That one assertion made me start to think about God’s nature and who God is.  It begged the questions, “Is God good,” and “What does it mean when we say God is good?”

For centuries, people have asked the question: “If God is so good, then why does He allow bad things to happen?”  This was the same question that I pondered this morning.   After asking myself that question, I thought about God’s greatness.  I thought about the fact that all that is, all that was and all that will be has been created by God.  From big to small, He created it all.  God is so all-powerful that if He so decided, He could instantaneously change any situation that He wanted.  If you are poor (in finance, health, or spirit), He could breathe on you and you would instantaneously become rich.  But a lot of times, it seems as though He doesn’t.  In fact, many people over the course of time have spend the majority of their lives battling hunger, poverty, and illness.  Some people have even met ghastly deaths at the hands of other.  While we are speaking of the nature of God, what about this notion of faith?  When you think about it, the act of faith can sometimes feel more torturous than it does rewarding.   Phrases such as “stretching our faith” or “refining our character” conjure up more than just thoughts of discomfort.  The experiences can sometimes be uncomfortable, and might even be painful.  To this, there are some that might even asked the question, “If God is so great, then why couldn’t He just make us exactly the way we should be?  Why should we have to go through ‘torture?’”

If you have ever asked yourself any of these questions, I have found the answer that will resolve your concerns once and for all.  The answer to all of these questions, and those like it, is that our rationale does not matter.  The truth is, God created the world for His purpose, and what He does with it is really His prerogative.  I know that for our entitlement generation, this is a hard pill to swallow.  We have conditioned ourselves to think that everything should be for us and about us, but it isn’t.  Here are the hard, cold facts.  God created Earth for His pleasure.  God created us for His pleasure.  Please understand this.  If God had chosen to create us solely for the purpose of seeing what would happen to the human soul as their flesh burned painfully and eternally in the fire, it would be well within His right to do so. Hmmm!!!  I could just see many of your faces as you just read that last sentence.  Many of you might be resisting even imaging that scenario.  But let me put it in terms that we could all relate to.  Most of us live in dwellings of some sort (apartments, homes, houses, huts, etc.).  There, we tend to be the king or queen of our castles.  Many, if not all of us, have household rules that those who enter our homes must abide by (e.g. taking off shoes upon entry or only dining in a certain area of the house).  Well, consider this, the entire universe is God’s dwelling, and He makes the rules for His home.  Not only are we His guest, we are also His property, unlike the give scenario above where our guest are simply that—guests.

Here is the good news.  Even though God is well within His right to treat us with contempt, His nature disallows Him from doing so.  In fact, God ensured that He would never treat us with contempt when He sacrifice His one and only Son, Jesus, as a reminder of just how much He loves us.

Here is the problem that many of us run into.  We try to understand God though systems and rationales that we have designed.  Unfortunately, or should I say fortunately, our definition of justice, fairness and desert are based on our limited reasoning capacities.  In order to determine fairness and/or justice, all side of an argument/situation must be known, just ask any lawyer.  In God’s world, it is IMPOSSIBLE for us to determine what is fair or just because there is so much that we do not know or understand. There is a universe of knowledge and information that we are not privy to.  Not matter how we try to navigate the world in with we were created, all road lead us back to that infamous five-letter word: F-A-I-T-H.  Faith is simply this: we have to trust that God is good.  Faith means that regardless of what we see with our natural eyes we have to know with our heart and soul that God is in control and that His plan is to prosper us and not to harm us (Jeremiah 29:11).

Here is the thought of the day: If God were truly bad—not good—how do you think our world would look today?  Imagine this:  Think of the devastation that is caused when certain communities have fallen prey to lawlessness and anarchy.  Now image that anarchy being spread worldwide.  I can’t!  Can you?