By Linsey Buchanan, Summer Staff 2015
“And if not, is He REALLY still good?”
I’ve been struggling lately with the concept of “is God good?” and have found myself focusing more on the quote “And if not, He is still good.” In reality though, when good or bad times happen, do I genuinely believe that God is still good through it all?
- If I get a bad grade on an exam…is God still good?
- If all my friends are in a relationship and I’m single…is God still good?
- If my dad doesn’t make it out of surgery…is God still good?
- If my parents lose their job…is God still good?
- If I am stressed out…is God still good?
- If God doesn’t answer my prayers with the answer I wanted…is He still good?
- If everything bad that could possibly happen in a day happens…is God still good?
The list goes on and on. So many situations arise that we believe “aren’t fair” to us because we have done “nothing wrong” (might I add that we have done EVERYTHING wrong and we deserve everything that happens to us but praise the Lord for His GRACE towards us), and by the end of the day all we know how to respond is by breaking down and crying. I’ve been there before, more times than I would like to admit, but I will gladly admit that the Lord IS SO GOOD through those times of brokenness and repair.
By now in your life, you’ve probably realized that the Lord doesn’t always answer our prayers the way that we believe He should, and even though a lot of the times it doesn’t make sense at the moment, His glory is being shown throughout it all. How great is that? Being able to have the privilege to bring glory to the Lord over ALL creation!
I have found myself on my hands and knees crying out to the Lord many times with the question of “Why?” And that’s okay. It’s okay to desire answers and be confused just as long as you are willing to seek out guidance through Scripture and wise council from others. I have begun to add to my prayers asking God to strengthen my faith and respond to His Word even when the outcome of a situation makes me feel broken inside, or even when the outcome brings tears of joy to my eyes.
A song that I highly recommend you listen to is “It is Well” by Bethel Music. The chorus says…
“Through it all, Through it all
My eyes are on You
Through it all, Through it all
It is well”
Allow the peace of God to overcome you always so you can confidently say, “It is well,” even with a broken heart. Trusting in God's Word during hard times is such a revealing and beautiful thing to embrace. The difficult part is actually trusting it fully and understanding that God has everything worked out already. Our patience is what reveals our faith in Him.
I know it is tough to imagine how you would react to a hard circumstance, and most of us don’t even want to think of something bad happening that would require a lot of faith, but I can assure you…It will happen when you least expect it and God will still be good through it all.
Your testimony is a powerful thing when you think about it. I encourage you to reflect on the blessings the Lord has provided to you throughout your life and thank Him for the good times and even the bad times! Sometimes you learn the most during the times when nothing makes sense.
“I remain confident of this: I will see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living.” –Psalm 27:13
Linsey is a student at Southeastern University in Florida. This summer will be her first time on summer staff at Crossroads Summer Camp. Linsey plans on following her calling into the ministry and fulfilling her social work major through helping adolescent girls and young women find their value in life in whatever area of service the Lord leads her to after graduation.
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