Certainly, the level of life’s severity will also differ from one individual to the next.
In every facet of our lives, everywhere man lives; there is constant conflict and tension.
From silly daily inconveniences like a noisy neighbor to losing a job or a loved one, life is hard.
However, though life is hard, hope is always there.
When our lives are flowing smoothly and everything is sweet, it’s easy for us to see the goodness of God. Our eyes are prone to being open to God’s beauty and presence when our souls are at peace and hearts happy.
We see the beauty of His creation everywhere. But life is sometimes just plain hard. These are the times when we must hold fast to the simple truth that permeates throughout the Bible: All the time God is good.
Why is God described as good?
The Bible’s earliest description of God and His marvellous acts of creation repeatedly uses the word “good”. God Himself described what He had done on the different days of creation as “good”, and summarized the overall creation work as “very good” (see Genesis 1:4-25).
In the Book of Psalms 14 verse 3, David is recorded as lamenting about the evil people living during his day,
“They are all gone aside, they are all together become filthy: there is none that doeth good, no, not one”.
Yet, in verse 8 of chapter 25, he proceeds to say,
“Good and upright is the LORD: therefore will he teach sinners in the way”.
Despite the ups and downs of our lives – whether wallowing in the deepest of the valleys or gladly rejoicing at the mountaintop – God is good. And there is no better foundation upon which to build our faith upon than His goodness.
The Bible gives a standard of goodness and says in Acts 4:12 that for man to be saved, no other way exists except through the name of God’s Son, Jesus Christ, the epitome of good during His time here on earth.
Sin – Rejection of God’s goodness
The Bible tells that rejection of God, and sin which entered the world as a result of Adam and Eve disobeying God and eating from the forbidden Tree of the Knowledge results in suffering, death, and eternity in Hell.
However, because of God’s love for us, He became man in the physical form of Jesus Christ and died a substitutionary death that atoned and paid the ultimate penalty for our transgressions. Jesus saved save us from our sins and restored our broken relationship with the Father.
The key word to note here is “but”. Because of God’s goodness, we can now have communion with Him through the redeeming blood of Jesus Christ that was shed at Calvary. His blood was the only fully acceptable form of atonement for our sin (see Hebrews 10:10).
Though life is hard for a variety of different reasons, through it all we are in the process of being made more into the holy the image of a good God.
Good is certainly greater than every kind of hardship we face.
All of life’s sorrows, tragedies, and iniquities ultimately should lift our gaze to that day when all the difficulties of this sinful life will vanish, pointing us toward the endless glory and goodness of God.
A Christian’s journey leads over high mountains high and through low valleys. God doesn’t promise a life that is only full of joy, without sorrow; He, however, promises to stand by our side through it all for He is a good God. (Romans 8:38-39)