GOD IS GOOD…REALLY?
Many are looking to all sorts as a source of encouragement. They may as well adopt the Vulcan benediction and gone about their way believing they were going to live a long and prosperous life. (Star Trek reference for all the non-Trekkies out there) Then they could chant…Dr Spock is good, all the time, all the time, Spock is good. I cringe when people get up to speak and lead the whole congregation in the mantra “God is good, all the time, all the time, God is good.” My thought is always “Why is He good?”. I didn’t doubt it, I just wanted to hear stories of God’s goodness displayed through people’s lives but all I hear are hard luck tales as they seek prophetic encouragement and direction. I was tired of listening to messages that weren’t followed up with examples. Evidence. Fruit of God’s goodness.
While recovering from the swine flu, I found myself listening to testimonies of people who were healed through prayers. People healed emotionally and physically as God touched them. The more testimonies I read the more I cried. I sensed the Holy Spirit stirring within me. I realised I had become cynical about the church, Christians and ministry. I was frustrated with me. Exasperated at not seeing more healings and miracles. I was meeting more and more people plagued with depression, suffering from pain and anxiety despite having faith in God. What is wrong with me that I am not seeing more healings? What am I doing wrong? Do I not have enough faith?
It is easy to feel responsible when you are leading a ministry. Thinking about direction, the needs in the community, involving others, praying for open doors of opportunity and resources etc. It dawned on me that I had slowly shifted from theology to “Meology”.
In a world where critical thinking is encouraged, all my questions revealed I was feeling responsible for something that is the nature of God. It is His nature to heal, to love, to set free. He doesn’t do it because we set up meetings, engage talented worship teams and preach powerful messages. He does it because it is who He is. He is GOOD!
““…enable your servants to speak your Word with great boldness. Stretch out your hand to heal and perform signs and wonders through the name of your Holy servant Jesus.” After they prayed, the place where they were meeting was shaken. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke the Word of God boldly.”
Our boldness to speak comes when He stretches out His hand to heal and perform signs and wonders. Our courage cannot come from doing things or the ability to perform – true confidence is when we know who He is. Powerful preaching is a result of knowing that God is good. It is more than a positive thought or theological concept – what we do with these three words defines our reality and determines our destiny. (Johnson, 2016)
So what do WE do?
Understanding comes by experience and most times our hearts will experience God in ways our brains can’t understand. Walking in faith leads to encounters with God. Encounters with God leads to boldness in who He is.
· To move through what we may be seeing and feeling towards God and what we know about Him.
· To live by faith in the invisible until it becomes visible
· Pray for the sick, not hoping but believing that God heals.
It’s more than providing a space for God to be God i.e. healing meetings. It’s also about releasing the invisible into the visible as a result of our wholehearted trust in God’s goodness.
Let’s do what we know with what we have to the best of our ability but let’s not lean on it. We lean on God. (Proverbs 3: 5 paraphrased).
“By faith, we understand that the universe was formed at God’s command so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible.”
I had to repent of thinking I was responsible for healings and miracles happening or not happening. I had to repent of that form of ego and pride. I had to repent for being cynical as a result of being judgmental.
If you have ever experienced this, I invite you to do the same. Ask for forgiveness then let Him lead you into His goodness.
So is God good? Well, this confession of a once dissatisfied believer is an example of “I was blinded by my frustration but now I see” because of His goodness towards me.
God is not merely good, but goodness;
Goodness is not merely divine, but God.
Johnson, B. (2016). God is Good. PA: Destiny Image Publishers.