Because of the evils that exist in the world, the goodness of God is one of the most difficult doctrines to accept. Unless we wholeheartedly believe that, “God is good,” we will be paralyzed in our Christian growth.
Let’s look at the Garden of Eden where Eve was caused to doubt the goodness of God. (Genesis 3:4-5) Satan convinced Eve to believe that God did not have her best interests at heart--that He would hold her back from developing her full potential. Eve believed a lie.
How can God be good? If He were, He’d give me what I want. Doesn’t He know how lonely I am? If God loves me, why did He allow my parents to treat me like they did? A good God would never have allowed this to happen! If you are a worrier, you doubt God’s goodness. You will be afraid God will bring circumstances into your life that are not in your best interest.
In the garden, Satan focused on a restriction and used it to blind Eve to God’s blessing. Satan will urge you to focus on one issue, one aggravation, one restriction. He will try to convince you that God’s way is not best for you and that he can offer you something better. If you doubt God’s goodness, you will not only resist change but you will also fear it.
If you accept the fact that God is good, you will experience two results:
- You will be able to surrender to Him without reservation or fear.
- You will have a strong desire for change, knowing God’s plan is perfect.
Are you prepared to accept what you know to be true down deep in your heart, that God’s plan for your life is what is best for you? Affirm your belief in God’s goodness by reading the following verses: Exodus 33:19; and 34:6; Psalms 27:13; 31:19; 34:8; 65:4; 86:5; 106:1 and James 1:17. I pray you find how good God truly is in your life through the reading of His Word, the preaching of His Word, and in being obedient to His Word.