Monte Hunt – Associate Worship Pastor
This weekend Central’s worship team will be introducing a new song to our church called Good, Good Father. The song’s message celebrates that God the Father is truly good.
This statement – God is good – elicits a plethora of emotional responses from person to person. In fact each of us can experience a different emotional response to these words depending on the circumstance in which we find ourselves. It seems easy to feel the goodness of God when life goes our way, but not so much when it doesn’t.
A common response to these words is the question: “If God is so good, then why does he allow suffering?” As a fellow human being, my answer is – I don’t know. I don’t know why He allowed you to be laid off from your job. I don’t know why He hasn’t led you to your one true love yet. I don’t know why He didn’t remove the cancer in time. I don’t know. But I do know this: we need not have a full understanding of the goodness of God in order to receive it. C.S. Lewis put it this way: “A man can eat his dinner without understanding exactly how food nourishes him.”
It is not up to you and I to decide who God is. We can no more define God than we can define gravity. But like Isaac Newton, what we can do with God is discover Him. The moment you and I stop trying to write our own book on who God is and start receiving who He always has been and always will be, is the moment we begin to live in His goodness.
And God has not left us in the dark. His word tells us over and over again exactly who He is. He made the universe (Genesis 1) – He is good. He gave you life (Psalm 139) – He is good. He sent His one and only Son to die for you (John 3) – He is good. He is inviting you to a place where there will be no suffering (Revelation 21) – He is good.
Like the song we will sing this weekend says, you will hear stories from others about who they say God is, but you and I need only to listen to who God says He is: He is a good, good Father; and He loves us.
I leave you with the words of a man who lived a life full of pain, loss, and suffering, but also hope, peace, and great joy.
“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose. [And] in all this we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” -The Apostle Paul (Romans 8:28, 37-39)