TRUTH: God is Good, so why did He…


Let’s face it, we cannot fully comprehend God because He is incomprehensible. Furthermore, how could a finite being, man, confidently assess, value or judge an infinite being, God? We cannot fully make an assessment, value or judgement beyond our comprehension; however, we can make assessments, values or judgements on what we do comprehend. Where we get confused, off-base and in trouble is where we do know or comprehend one part of God’s character, but we cannot understand some other circumstance that seemingly competes with what we know. TRUTH: God is Good, so why did He… is what we typically hear in those situations.

For those who have any type of affirmation that God is, very few, if any, would contend with a statement that is ubiquitous in my network of people. The state goes like this – God is good all the time, and all the time God is good. Despite the essence of God’s character is good and in no need of a modifier, people use the phrase to further cement in people’s mind of the character of God – His goodness. What do we mean by good? Let’s see two verses that are widely used to convey God’s goodness.

Psalm 84:11
11 For the Lord God is a sun and shield;
    the Lord bestows favor and honor;
no good thing does he withhold
    from those whose walk is blameless.

Romans 8:28-32
28 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. 29 For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters. 30 And those he predestined, he also called; those he called, he also justified; those he justified, he also glorified. 31 What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? 32 He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things?

In Psalm 84:11, the Hebrew word used for good is towb (tōve). In the Old Testament, towb is used in the following manner: good (361x), better (72x), well (20x), goodness (16x), goodly (9x), best (8x), merry (7x), fair (7x), prosperity (6x), precious (4x), fine (3x), wealth (3x), beautiful (2x), fairer (2x), favour (2x), glad (2x), miscellaneous (35x). Towb has been defined as good, pleasant, agreeable, a good thing, benefit, welfare. In the 361 instances where the towb was used, it was used as “good”. Which we all have no limitations on understanding.

In Romans 8:28, the Greek word used for good is agathos (ä-gä-tho’s). In the New Testament, agathos is used in the following manner: good (77x), good thing (14x), that which is good (with G3588) (8x), the thing which is good (with G3588) (1x), well (1x), benefit (1x). Agathos describes that which, being “good” in its character or constitution, is beneficial in its effect; it is used of physical things e.g. a tree, in a moral sense, frequently of persons and things. God is essentially, absolutely and consummately “good,” and of the neuter of the adjective with the definite article signifies that which is “good,” lit., “the good,” as being morally honorable, pleasing to God, and therefore beneficial.

I provided all of that background information to say the TRUTH: God is Good, so why did He… I cannot count the number of times people have asked me or I have heard If God is good, why did He….  The first mistake is that we take an absolute – God’s goodness and translates it into a conditional matter. By saying if God is good or by merely questioning the goodness of God, one is, in his mind, taking a sure thing and making it into a questionable one. In doing so, that person allows himself to consider false circumstances and conclusions. The premise that God is not good is false, so everything after that is false leading the person to wrong and improper conclusions about God. When one asks that question out of seeking to understand i.e. why, the person understands the conflict between what is – the essence of God’s character versus what he does not understand – seemingly an instance of God not demonstrating the essence of His character i.e. good in this sense.

In Psalm 84:11 and Romans 8:28, we are provided clarity. In Psalm, we are told that God does not withhold anything good from those whose walk is blameless. Our premise is that we are blameless which we are not. Nevertheless, it is used to describe the genuine follower of God whose intent is to pursue God. I will only mention that we do not deserve anything from God except the consequence of our sin. Romans provides a greater application and understanding of conflicting experiences in our lives with the goodness of God.

28 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. 29 For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son,

It presupposes and affirms that God is good, so any option to the contrary is taken off the table. Those verses give a context, the why if you will, for seemingly conflicting circumstances in our lives. All things happen for God’s purpose – to conform all whom He foreknew and predestined be be conformed to the image of his Son. All circumstances are designed to conform us to the image of His Son. Conform is having the same form as Jesus, similar, conformed to His form, nature or character. Dictionary.com defines conform as to act in accord with the prevailing standards, attitudes, practices,

TRUTH: God is Good, so why did He… The answer is that God desires us to respond like Jesus would in that situation – in complete TRUST and dependency on the Father which manifest itself in obedience to the TRUTH i.e. Jesus Contrary to popular belief, God is not primarily concerned with our pleasure, comfort and happiness. Philippians 1:29 tells us “29 For it has been granted to you on behalf of Christ not only to believe in him, but also to suffer for him,” God is primarily concerned with our godliness. God wants us to reflect the character of Christ in this world. 1 Peter 2:21 tells us “21 For you have been called for this purpose, since Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example for you to follow in His steps, ” TRUTH: God is Good, so why did He… to follow Christ

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