Our God is Good!
Is God always good? Or is He only good to us when we experience good things? Is our concept of the nature and character of God defined by the sum total of our daily life experiences, or are we spending time getting to know who He is through the medium He has given us to do so – His Word?
About two and half months ago, our daughter went home to be with Lord after fighting with a brain tumour. Beautiful and vivacious, she was absolutely adorable. Her laugh was infectious, and she had the ability to get you break into a smile no matter what mood you were in.
Her death shook us intensely. Whilst she had received treatment after her diagnosis, we had held on to God’s Word and expected a miracle. She had been prayed for at different times by many of our Pastor mentors, and we were absolutely certain she was going to be fine. So when she finally went home to be with Jesus on 25 June AM, it was absolutely unexpected.
Does God still heal today? Is it really right and appropriate to teach about divine healing? Are miracles for today? Many of these questions assault your mind when you lose a loved one – particularly when it appears like you have done everything the Word says to do and the result does not appear forthcoming. Is God a good God? If He is good, why did this happen to us? Why did my she have to die? Why did she have to be sick?
My wife and myself have always been students of God’s Word – we have never followed men or women of God, neither have we followed doctrines. Don’t get me wrong: I respect men and women of God and the office they hold (Eph 4:11), because God has set them in these offices to be a blessing to the body of Christ. However, no man or woman of God died for us, Jesus did. So we follow Jesus through the Word, not men or women of God. Therefore when our daughter died, we did what we had always done when faced with a crisis – we went into God’s Word to understand what we were going through, and how to get through the dark period.
We learnt that God is a good God – has always been and would always be. Sometimes, we go through difficult periods, but this does not mean that God has forgotten us or is no longer a good God. Satan is the god of this world (2 Cor 4:4), and he is a thief (John 10:10). Whilst we are in this world, we can expect him to be contrary to us and to try to steal from us. God has promised us protection (Psa 91), for we are overcomers in Christ Jesus (2 Cor 2:14). Occasionally we do lose a battle like we did with our daughter (although I must stress that this is NOT God’s plan for us – a defeat is usually due to us not being as synched into the Word and the Spirit as we should) but we can be sure that we always win the war (1 Jo 4:4).
So, even though our daughter has gone home to be with the Lord, the devil still lost. Someone would ask – really? Yes, really! For starters, Ayooluwa is in heaven with the Lord that she loves, which is more than the devil can ever expect to have. Secondly, she is not sick or in pain anymore. And thirdly, we get to see her again in the resurrection (1 Thess 4:13-17). So, we can join Paul in saying “O death, where [is] thy sting? O grave, where [is] thy victory?” (1 Cor 15:55).
Our God is a good God – always has been and always will be !