The Law of Goodness
God’s goodness in our daily life is not an idea. It is a law.
It is not something that is or can ever be based on our circumstances or surroundings. Many times, you’ll find the hardships of life crashing against you like a constant ocean of torment. In these times, it seems no matter how hard you look, you cannot see God. Other times it seems life is not able to throw more blessings and love at you, and every day seems to be an endless stream of gifts and blessing. But how can it be that it is still the same God in both situations? One man is blessed in an underserved manner, and another receives underserved torment. Where is our just God in these situations?
The bible shows us that God is goodness, and shows that God is unwavering in His goodness.
“Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.” James 1:17
So why is it then, that our goodness can change so drastically? Where is God when our situation falls apart? Why does it seem that His promises can fall apart so rapidly? And why can the “righteous” receive such difficulty?
These last few weeks I have found myself at an interesting cross road. Two years ago, my wife and I, along with my side of the family endeavoured on a business opportunity. We were led by God to invest and take over a local tree company. We understood each opportunity has its difficulties, and knew there were times it would be an uphill battle. Knowing we were blessed in this, we moved forward. We planted Godly principals, and worked to ensure our employees were taken care of. I, however, got the job of dealing with and organizing our workers. At first, I was frustrated because apparently good help is hard to find.
Now 2 years later, after praying and believing in faith that God would give me a strong team of employees to run this company with, we still don’t have one. We have tried, lost, and have been burned by 100% of the lead hands we have given the opportunity to lead our crews. We have shown, and been a light to every single one of them. We have opened our home to the ones who lost theirs, and invited all of them to any seasonal feasts we had. I have personally prayed over them, prayed with them, and invested time in all of them. One of them left with $2000 he owed to us, one of them cussed me out and left, and the rest of the lead hands simply abandoned me by not showing up any more. The most frustrating part is knowing that no employer would treat their employees as abundantly as us, yet we cannot retain a proper lead hand.
Where is Gods goodness in this? I can honestly say that I do not know where His goodness is right now. I am not able to see it in my situation.
Job must have felt the same way. You read his story in the bible and see God allowing the devil to test his faithful servant to near death. Job’s family died, he lost all his fortunes, and became “unclean” due to scabs and infection. He was literally not able to come to God in the old testament Law. Job finally rebuked and became indignant with God, he cried out in anger, furious with what God had allowed. God responded to his cries.
However, the amazing part is this “good” God, did not come and apologize. He did not come and comfort His son, but instead He revealed Himself to Job. And Job responded.
Then Job answered the Lord and said;
“I know that You can do all things, and that no purpose of Yours can be thwarted.
‘Who is this that hides counsel without knowledge?’
Therefore I have declared that which I did not understand, things too wonderful for me, which I did not know.
‘Hear, now, and I will speak; I will ask You, and You instruct me.’
I have heard of You by the hearing of the ear; but now my eye sees You; therefore I retract, and I repent in dust and ashes.
What God showed Job was His power and goodness. Job’s situation remained unchanged. Job’s family was still dead, his business was still ruined, Job still carried scabs and infections in his skin. Yet amid all the turmoil Job proclaims that even in the midst of this, God was working things too wonderful for Job to comprehend.
In one of the darkest stories in the bible, God’s goodness was still confessed. The problem is, we see goodness as a possibility, but God’s goodness is a law.
There is a place called Magnetic Hill in Orroroo, Australia. In this area people see gravity not behaving normally. People will park their car at the bottom of the hill and they will watch as their vehicle rolls up the hill against gravity. People claim this spot defies the laws of physics with visual proof. Now in reality we know gravity is not a variable. We know it is a constant and something we can rely on. What is witnessed in this area is an illusion, people see something that is not real.
The funny part is, we are so quick to call people foolish for believing that lie. Yet, in God’s goodness, we feel foolish for believing God’s truth. God’s goodness is not a nice thought, it is a Law.
I challenge you, if Job can see God’s law of goodness in his trials, then I encourage you to ask God to show His goodness in your trials. I did.
My situation currently remains the same. I have not had some miracle to save the day. I haven’t even felt God’s hand in the situation, but I know He is good. I can either trust that the bible is actually true and put one foot in front of the other to keep moving, or rebuke God and call it quits. We all must make that choice for ourselves. But I must choose to keep walking. I have felt God, I know God, and even if I can’t see it, I know He is undeniably good.