By Clint Byars
“God is good…all the time ” Have you ever heard this phrase, or even said it yourself? How about this one, “God is in control?” Or, “God has a plan, you can’t see it now but in the future you’ll know why God allowed _______________,” and fill in the blank with whatever has happened to you or someone you love.
The most popular statement about God is probably this one, “Everything happens for a reason.” Have you ever been told that? Have you ever asked the question, “If God is in control, why do bad things happen?” We usually explain all of this away by saying that God is sovereign, meaning he can do whatever he wants.
These phrases and questions can be some of the most confusing ideas one will ever wrestle with. When we hear these kinds of phrases, especially when we’re in the middle of challenging and difficult situations, we typically conclude that God’s definition of good must be different from our definition of good. We’re taught to believe that God is good but we somehow think God’s version of good includes pain, suffering, loss, calamity, trials, disease, injustice and condemnation. Leaders and believers alike, say that “God loves you” but put him just out of our reach of understanding because we don’t have good answers to these difficult questions.
Through these statements, God becomes someone who we can’t fully relate to because we’re not sure we know what he’s going to do. We know we’re supposed to love him but with these stumbling blocks in the way, it’s very difficult to give ourselves to him wholly. Many of us have encountered people who are supposed to be representing God, but they have only judged us and told us what is wrong with us.
In this booklet, I want to give you some good news and tell you the truth about how God sees and relates to you. You’ll discover that God is not currently judging the Earth with disasters, and he’s not trying to teach you through pain.