Monte Hunt – Associate Worship Pastor
So much of one’s understanding of God can be influenced by their life experience. If a person’s childhood was bright and enjoyable, they may have a very positive view of God. In contrast, if a person’s childhood was unpleasant and rough, they may have a very negative view of God. This is not always the case, but it is a normal circumstance. Our proclivity to define God based upon our own view of life is nothing new. In fact, this tendency has been in full effect since the very first time we believed the very first lie about the nature of God was told by the serpent in in the garden (which God created).
We can no more define God than we can one another. If I say that you are intelligent, my saying it (and even believing it) doesn’t make it so. Likewise, belief or disbelief in something does not change reality in any way. What you and I choose to believe in either exists or it does not, regardless of our belief. The glass will fall to the hard ground and shatter if you drop it, unhindered, whether you believe in the laws of gravity, inertia, etcetera – or not. What you and I must do, as Isaac Newton did, is discover what is real and true, not seek to define truth based upon what seems right or merely comprehensible.
Since we cannot define God (try as we might), we must look to the source to discover who he really is. And he has not left us in the dark. He has revealed so much of himself to us through his creation and through his Word. He is who he is, and we cannot change that. But what we can do is accept it.
HE – IS – GOOD
This simple phrase ignites a kaleidoscope of emotions in all who read it. For some it is positive reinforcement, for others the opposite. But this statement is not my own; it is God who tells us this.
God is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and rich in love. He is good to all, and has compassion on all He has made. Psalm 145:8-9
If you disagree, I understand. It is difficult to believe in a good God when so much badness runs rampant through our world. But my hope is that you will keep an open heart and mind to discovering the goodness of God in your life.
A great next step for of all of us on this path of discovery would be to join with all of Central in celebrating God’s goodness at our next worship night. #HeIsGood and He is waiting for you with open arms. We hope to see you there.