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Is God Really Good All the Time?

Updated on May 8, 2019
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Lori Colbo loves to write about her Christian faith and the Bible to encourage and inspire others.

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A Burning Question

It begins with the little saying, "God is good all the time." Sometimes we add "All the time God is good." We really believe it when we let it roll off of our tongues in a group setting when we're talking to friends and in our own private times.

We mostly say it when good things happen and prayers are answered. Medical test results come out good after all; a husband got a new job after six months of unemployment; there's been a healing. We should praise God in those times. We should surely show our gratitude to Him for His wonderful gifts.

But what about when something terrible happens? Do you say God is good when medical tests reveal cancer or some other horrific disease? What if tragedy strikes and a baby dies from SIDS? Do we say "God is good" or "God is faithful" when a spouse has been unfaithful and wants a divorce? When our beautiful teenager develops schizophrenia? Do we say "It is well with my soul" when all our hopes and dreams are shattered? Sometimes we do and sometimes we don't.

We may not think God is bad necessarily, in hard times, but we might say He's dropped the ball, forsaken us, been unfair. We might even get angry with God. Most of the time we don't say "God is good" until the crisis is over and the outcome is positive.

The word of God is full of people who declared God is good in the midst of tremendous adversity, and we can learn from them. Let's look at three people and their stories who declared God's goodness in their adversity - Job, Joseph, and the Apostle Paul.

God is good 100% of the time.
God is good 100% of the time. | Source

Job

Job is an incredible story of suffering. In chapter one we read that Job had it all. He was one of the wealthiest people in the world, had ten children he dearly loved and prayed for them regularly to sanctify them after their parties. Job was the greatest of all the people of the East. Wow.

One day Satan came before the Lord. He told God he'd been roaming around back and forth on the earth. His meaning was he was looking for prey. God did a strange thing.

"Have you considered my servant Job, that there is none like him on the earth, a blameless and upright man who fears God and shuns evil?"

Paraphrased, Satan said "Of course, you've blessed and prospered him. But if you remove those blessings he'll curse you to your face."

Remarkably, God gave him permission to afflict Job. "Behold, all that he has is in your power; only do not lay a hand on his person.

We can almost see Satan rubbing his hands with glee along with a "Mwahaha." In one fell swoop, Satan destroyed all his possessions, livelihood, servants, and all of his children. But Job did not curse God after these unfathomable tragedies. Instead, he tore his robe, shaved his head, and bowed down and worshiped the Lord, proclaiming, "Naked I came from my mother's womb, and naked I shall return there, blessed be the name of the Lord." Job in effect was declaring, after losing it all, that God was still good.

At the beginning of chapter two, Satan went before the Lord again saying if Job was attacked in his body he would surely curse God then. God gave him permission to afflict Job with the caveat that he not kill him. Job broke out in hideous boils that were frightfully painful, he was feverish and in utter misery. He scraped his boils with potsherds.

If all this weren't bad enough, Satan entered the heart of his wife. She said, "Are you still going to hold onto your integrity. Curse God and die. Remember, cursing God was exactly what Satan wanted Job to do. When his own ploys didn't work he used Job's wife.

Job called his wife a fool. "Shall we accept good from God, and not trouble?” He knew the practical fact that good and evil happen to everyone but God still loved him, was for him, and would be with him through it all.

Job had three friends who came to "comfort" him. For one week they sat silently by his side suffering with him. But then they opened their mouths and tormented Job by accusing him of sin and saying he got what he deserved. Job argued his case with them, revealing who God was. He also expressed his doubts, wished himself dead, and contended his case before God. There were moments when hope surfaced, like when he proclaimed in 13:15: "Though he slay me, yet will I hope in him; I will surely defend my ways to his face." Though Job sinned by his doubts, and pridefully contended with God, he never cursed Him nor forsook Him.

When Job's friends ceased their accusations and cruel words, God challenged Job for several chapters, beginning with "Where were you when I laid the foundations of the earth?"

The last thing Job lost was his pride. He humbly gave it up in exchange for something far greater. He saw God's glory and magnificence like never before. "My ears had heard of you, but now my eyes have seen you, therefore I despise myself and repent in dust and ashes" (Job 42:5-6).

We really cannot fathom the kind of suffering Job experienced. In a similar situation, would we have stood the test? God restored to Job twice what he had before and he lived another one hundred and forty years, enjoying four more generations in his family. He no doubt declared God's glory and had a deeper and more meaningful relationship for the rest of his days.

Job was humbled by the end of his suffering.
Job was humbled by the end of his suffering. | Source

A faith that cannot be tested is a faith that cannot be trusted."

— Greg Laurie

Joseph

Joseph was the son of the patriarch, Jacob. He had ten older brothers. Jacob favored Joseph because he was the son of his old age and was born to his wife Rachel who had been barren. He gave Joseph a special coat of many colors. The brothers hated and mistreated him. Joseph had two dreams that symbolized he would one day rule over his brothers and father. The brothers hated him even more. Joseph also tattled on his brothers when they did wrong. At age seventeen, he was sent to check on his brothers one day who were out tending the flock. When he arrived they threw him into a deep pit and sold him to a caravan came Ishmaelites. Imagine Joseph's fear when he was thrown into that pit, defenseless. Then to be sold to a band of Ishmaelites and lose the good life he'd always known.

Joseph was sold into slavery in Egypt. A man named Potiphar, the captain of the guard for Pharaoh, purchased him. Potiphar put Joseph in charge of his household and everything he owned because he could see God was with him and honored him in everything he did. Then Potiphar's wanton wife desired Joseph as a lover and tried to seduce him on many occasions. Joseph rebuffed her and told her he could not commit this sin before God and Potiphar. Finally, she caught him and demanded he lie with her. He fled but his cloak came off and remained in her hands. In fury, she cried rape and Potiphar threw him into prison.

How disheartened Joseph must have been. He was in prison for a number of years with no hope of release in sight. The prison warden found favor with him and put him in charge of the prisoners and the general running of the prison. He was faithful to God in his duties and was granted success. He still hoped to be released.

A baker and a cupbearer to the king were also in prison with him. They had dreams that concerned them and Joseph interpreted them. The cupbearer would be freed in three days and return to serve the king. The baker would be executed in three days. Joseph asked the cupbearer, "...mention me to Pharaoh and get me out of this prison. I was forcibly carried off from the land of the Hebrews, and even here I have done nothing to deserve being put in a dungeon."

The cupbearer forgot about Joseph's request. Another two years went by. Imagine his discouragement, but he trusted God anyway.

One day Pharaoh had a disturbing dream no one could interpret for him. The cupbearer remembered Joseph could interpret dreams and recommended him to Pharaoh. Joseph interpreted the dream - a famine was coming - and recommended a solution. Joseph was honored and made second in command of all Egypt and implemented his plan, resulting in saving many from starvation.

As it turned out, his own family came from Israel to Egypt searching for food. They did not recognize Joseph. He put them through some hard tests then revealed himself to them. It was a sweet reunion. His brothers repented and Joseph forgave them. He declared, "As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good, to bring it about that many people should be kept alive, as they are today."

Joseph was sold as a slave to Egypt.
Joseph was sold as a slave to Egypt. | Source

And therefore, what you actually have is that the joy of the Lord happens inside the sorrow. It doesn’t come after the sorrow. It doesn’t come after the uncontrollable weeping. The weeping drives you into the joy, it enhances the joy, and then the joy enables you to actually feel your grief without its sinking you. In other words, you are finally emotionally healthy.”

— Tim Keller, Walking with God Through Pain and Suffering

Paul, the Suffering Apostle

We could fill an encyclopedia with stories about the apostle Paul and his suffering. As the writer of a good portion of the New Testament, and hearing Luke's account of Paul's life of triumphs and tragedies in the book of Acts, starting in chapter nine, we learn about a brave, humble (sometimes not so humble), passionate, persevering preacher and teacher of Jesus Christ. Before his conversion on the Damascus road, he was a persecutor and murderer of Christians and a blasphemer.

Here is his life of suffering after his conversion:

From 2 Corinthians 11:23-33:

  • in labors more abundant
  • in stripes above measure
  • in prisons more frequently
  • faced death often
  • from the Jews five times I received forty stripes minus one
  • three times I was beaten with rods
  • once I was stoned
  • three times I was shipwrecked
  • a night and a day I have been in the deep
  • in journeys often
  • in perils of waters
  • in perils of robbers
  • in perils of my own countrymen
  • in perils of the Gentiles
  • in perils in the city
  • in perils in the wilderness
  • in perils in the sea
  • in perils among false brethren
  • in weariness and toil
  • Despaired even of life (2 Corinthians 1:8).
  • No kindred spirit who would be concerned for the welfare of the Philippian church.
  • in sleeplessness often
  • in hunger and thirst
  • in often fastings
  • in cold and nakedness
  • besides the other things, what comes upon me daily my deep concern for all the churches

Just the tip of the iceberg. But in every book Paul wrote we see His praise to God for what he gained. Here are just a few samplings:

  • Romans 8:18 For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us (Romans 8:18).
  • Romans 8:31-39 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? As it is written: “For Your sake, we are killed all day long; We are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.” Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
  • 2 Corinthians 12:9 And He has said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness " Most gladly, therefore, I will rather boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me.
  • Romans 5:3-5 Not only so, but we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us.
  • Galatians 2:20 I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.

Paul suffered in prison.
Paul suffered in prison. | Source

What blessings?

Many would say God was not good because he allowed such suffering to people who loved, feared, and served Him. If you read those stories carefully (and read them to the end) you will see that great good came out of it. We live in a fallen world. God gave us free will since Adam and Eve. Thus sin abounds. But without free will, there would be no love. I opt for love.

God reveals Himself so powerfully to those who keep trusting and honoring him in the hard season, that they are given blessings. What blessings? Through suffering, we gain inner peace, grace, humility (not humiliation), endurance, character, hope, and God's love is poured into our hearts through His Holy Spirit (Romans 5:1-5).

Then we give it away.

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. For as we share abundantly in Christ's sufferings, so through Christ we share abundantly in comfort too (2 Corinthians 1:3-5).

I have had my fair share of heartache as have you all. Many times I gave into despair and nearly took my life. I went through a season of anger and rebellion. I could add to the list. All this adversity uncovered my lack of faith and character. Finally, I saw God was there with me the whole time and His love never depended on my actions. I realized if I had turned to him instead of wallowing, running, getting mad, I would have experienced His love, comfort, strength, and glory in the midst of it.

I have learned what it means to have peace and joy in the midst of adversity. When I start to get squirrely during a trial, I go back to God's word, pray my heart out, and reflect back on the Lord's faithfulness in past sufferings. I can read His promises and believe them. I take His hand. What's more, God has used me to pass on the hope and comfort He's given me.

I've learned "All things work together for good for those who love Him and are called according to His purpose (Romans 8:28).

Let me be real and say I don't have it all aced, but I'm growing, and learning and experiencing God greater and greater.

But let me not forget the greatest blessing of all time, Jesus, God's own Son, pure and holy, went to the cross for our sins. The day I repented of my sins I received His forgiveness. My slate was wiped clean and when God looks at my record, He sees what Jesus did. And I love that God did not leave us orphans. Jesus rose from the grave and lives today in our hearts through the Holy Spirit.

Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good;

Blessed is the man who trusts in Him! Psalm 34:8

© 2019 Lori Colbo

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    • The0NatureBoy profile image

      Elijah A Alexander Jr 

      4 months ago from Washington DC

      Porshadoxus, you said "You're basing a major theology on a single verse" which is not so because throughout the Bible, including the definition of his name, I AM THAT I AM, shows that he is neutral as justified by "the tree of the knowledge of good and evil". The tree is a "tree of knowledge" which includes "good [god] and evil" [death] and "life" [their union] but not a tree of any unsustainable adjectives such as pretty/ugly, right/wrong, love/hate and most all adjectives which are not descriptive like color, size and shape are.

      I am "revealed" that because I forsook all of human teachings and sought an answer outside of societies norm and became "an objective observer who participated as needed [see bit.ly/elijahbirth] to see different outcomes and reasoned to determine the cause behind the effects" that I am attempting to explain to others in my hubs and website.

      The terms "god and devil" are only judgmental adjectives which are not descriptive of anything concrete therefore as far as we know, by our limited physical resources, they are one and the same. So I'm not denying your conclusion I am simplifying it.

      I am not willing to lead any cult since I, so to speak, "hit and run" (John 3:8) and let the receivers of what I say deal with it or reject it.

      Peace.

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      Porshadoxus 

      4 months ago from the straight and narrow way

      Elijah-

      You're basing a major theology on a single verse- a verse which is not supported by the rest of the Bible?

      When you say "What I give is revealed to me...", you are implying that you have a special revelation only given to you. That is not how Yahweh works. He has revealed himself to all humanity in the same way.

      The Holy Spirit, when writing via Isaiah in chapter 45, was not saying that He and the devil are the same. This verse instead shows God teaching Cyrus, king of the Medes and Persians, that God is supremely powerful and able to do what he purposes to do.

      It is 'revealed to me...' kinds of thinking that starts cults and leads people to hell.

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      Elijah A Alexander Jr 

      4 months ago from Washington DC

      Porshadoxus, Read Isaiah 45:7 and don't take my word but ask god for understanding. What I give is revealed to me and that is even the supreme most god is also the devil.

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      Porshadoxus 

      4 months ago from the straight and narrow way

      I enjoyed what I read.

      God's goodness is not dependent on what any one person is experiencing at any moment. God is a being of Goodness, just as he is a being of Justice, Faithfulness, Wrath, Tri-Unity and a host of other descriptors.

      Elijah A Alexander Jr:

      I'm confused by your response. Are you saying that Jesus and the devil are the same being?

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      Lawrence Hebb 

      4 months ago from Hamilton, New Zealand

      Lori

      I've been on this article a few times this week, not really having the time to comment, but just read it, and it's been good for me to do that.

      To me, it's like Job says, "If we accept good things from the LORD then shouldn't we also accept the bad?"

      I don't think he was being 'fatalistic' or anything like that, just that he knew, even then that he couldn't know what was 'coming down the line' and just trusted that God does know.

      Thank you for the post.

      Lawrence

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      Elijah A Alexander Jr 

      5 months ago from Washington DC

      Lori, your article brings to mind how God said of himself "I form the light, and create darkness: I make peace, and create evil: I the Lord do all these things" which suggest God is both god and devil because we ate from "the tree of 'the knowledge' of good and evil" our ability to reason died to the rise of emotions that began with shame. If we were to prayerfully seek the meaning of the Bible independent of an external teacher (Luke 17:21) and reason with god as Job did (and my friend Eric does) we would glory in our sufferings as it is written. Written is "whom God loves he chastises" which of itself suggests God is "both kings of the abhorred land" (Isa. 7:16 & 22) that "butter and honey shall every one eat that is left in the land" in order to forsake dividing I AM THAT I AM into God and Devil.

      I must say you did justice to your presentation, Thanks for sharing it.

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      Lori Colbo 

      5 months ago from Pacific Northwest

      Oh my, thank you RTalloni.

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      RTalloni 

      5 months ago from the short journey

      If you haven't read these they are a huge help in studying the topic of suffering:

      Jerry Bridges' Trusting God When Life Hurts

      John Pipers' Suffering and The Sovereignty of God

      J.I Packer's A Grief Sanctified

      C.S. Lewis' The Problem of Pain

      Chris Brauns' Unpacking Forgiveness

    • lambservant profile imageAUTHOR

      Lori Colbo 

      5 months ago from Pacific Northwest

      R, what a lovely response. I love hearing other peoples thoughts and stories. I am going to check out those books. Blessings.

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      RTalloni 

      5 months ago from the short journey

      Thank you for an encouraging and thought-provoking post. Much is available on the various sufferings we face in life but we always need to encourage each other in the Lord and His Word.

      What I've learned from deep suffering isn't something I can put all of into words at this point, yet I can say that God has been unequivocally faithful in it. One day I may write more about it, but I have seen miracles just as surely as those you've used as examples from God's Word did.

      Sometimes the people involved in those examples are misrepresented by teachers/writers. John Piper's The Misery of Job and The Mercy of God has been such a blessing in helping me see deeper levels of God's Work in that situation.

      In Joseph's life I've come to see how related his youngest years were to his middle and later years. Seeing more of all the levels God was at work has been an incredible encouragement to me.

      And Paul's life–what an incredible encouragement. Pointing us to dividing truth from error by the power of the Holy Spirit's ministry of God's Word, helping us to be faithful in applying God's truths to daily living, giving us rich history and hope for the future...well, his life has taken up volumes, hasn't it?

      And yet, these lives remain a personal encouragement to Christians in all of our true sufferings. Much of what our society whines about these days are first world attitudes from spoiled people, but true suffering is part of everyone's life at some point.

      Thank you for the chance to stop today and remember a panorama of God's work in what I've faced. It is true that He is faithful to His Word. He whose heart is kind beyond all measure does, with each passing moment, pledge to those who trust Him that as our days go, He will provide strength in measure. (From the hymn, Day by Day.)

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      Lori Colbo 

      5 months ago from Pacific Northwest

      Dear Bill, those are such difficult struggles, I am glad you overcame and discovered God's faithlfulness,

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      William Kovacic 

      5 months ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

      Finally making the rounds - I recently went through a period of wondering where God was in my life. It seemed my prayers hit dead ends. His presence seemed to have left. Although I know that wasn't the case, it sure did seem that way. It brought back memories of a Micahel Card song, The Hidden Face of God. Anyway, I had to remind myself many times during that period that God is always good. Thanks for confirming that thought, Lori.

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      Lori Colbo 

      5 months ago from Pacific Northwest

      Hello Erin, Many people dislike the book of Job because they feel it is too bleak. It's my favorite OT book - I'm in a very small club. Job, when worn down, did sin, but it wasn't for defying, denying, or cursing God, it was because he contended with God. He blamed God for afflicting him unjustly and spent a lot of time trying to show God how righteous he was. I love how the story turns out, Job repents and declares God's glory. Even righteous and blameless people can sin. God obviously blessed him afterward. Thanks for stopping by.

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      erinshelby 

      5 months ago from United States

      Job is the man! I love that his story is included in the Bible. At one point, it says that he didn't sin in his questioning of the situation, but at the end, it really seems like God tells him "Who do you think you are? I'm God!" We can always learn something from brother Job!

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      Lori Colbo 

      5 months ago from Pacific Northwest

      Thank you for sharing that Dora. My what beautiful lyrics. You are always such a blessing.

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      Dora Weithers 

      5 months ago from The Caribbean

      Lori, although God means it for good, we do not always perceive it as good. That's due to our limited understanding. Again Babbie Mason's lyrics come to mind:

      God is too wise to be mistaken

      God is too good to be unkind

      So when you don't understand

      When you don't see His plan

      When you can't trace His hand

      Trust His heart.

      Thanks for the reminder that God is good all the time.

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      Lori Colbo 

      5 months ago from Pacific Northwest

      James Watkins, I haven't seen or heard from you in ages. I wondered if you'd left HP. I am ever so glad to hear from you. Your words were thought provoking. God gave man free will and evil abounds. People often rage at God about Hitler and the Holocaust. I have a friend who is very bitter about what's going on in her life. She is not a believer. One day she texted me and said because of what was going on in her life and her prayers weren't being answered, that God must be the god of the holocaust. I recoiled. I've tried to reach out but she won't let go of her bitterness. Evil is not God's fault and He doesn't approve of it, yet He does allow it. I wish I knew why.

      I think God does have a purpose in suffering. I think Jesus made that clear, as well as Paul. One need only look at Job and Paul's life of suffering and see the evidence of good coming from their adversity. Jesus said no man is greater than his master. He meant no one is above experiencing for receiving what his master does. If He would suffer, we would too. Jesus also said in this world we will have tribulations but be for good cheer, I have overcome the world. There are things we just don't understand. That's why Proverbs 3:5-6 means so much to me. Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will direct your path. Thanks for stopping by.

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      Lori Colbo 

      5 months ago from Pacific Northwest

      Hi Pamela, I always love hearing from you. They are three of my favorite stories in the Bible. I am glad you enjoyed hearing them. Blessings.

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      Lori Colbo 

      5 months ago from Pacific Northwest

      Hi Jack, I sure appreciate your thoughts. I don't think a lot of our suffering is caused by God, but He allows them which tells me there is a purpose for them. I try to be mindful of that when trials come. Sometimes I'll ask God to teach me when difficulties arise. Blessings brother.

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      Lori Colbo 

      5 months ago from Pacific Northwest

      Chitrangada , thanks for stopping by. I really never understood what karma means. I think God is all in all. Always good to hear from you.

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      Lori Colbo 

      5 months ago from Pacific Northwest

      Eric, you are the piglet to my Eyeore. Thanks for your inspiring words.

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      Jack Jenn 

      5 months ago from Nelson Bay NSW Australia.

      Hi Lori,

      Such a lovely article and so well written - I sincerely hope others who may be similarly suffering will read and benefit from it.

      my heart is always touched in sympathy when I read of testimonies of others - I felt for you and I know there is much more to your testimony than what you've given here and I also know that most testimonies, including my own are painful.

      Sadly people these days are quick to lay blame somewhere and if a scapegoat can't be found, their anger can quickly blame God. The trouble is most if not all, are problems of the world and not of God - just so sad that this world has degenerated so badly to loose standards and spiritual paralysis that we see everywhere and is fast becoming worse.

      Truly Lori, a beautiful read.

      Again my best,

      Jack.

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      Eric Dierker 

      5 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Just came back because really really good. We so gathered together. Thank you.

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      Lori Colbo 

      5 months ago from Pacific Northwest

      Bill, I'm happy to hear it. have a blessed day.

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      Lori Colbo 

      5 months ago from Pacific Northwest

      Hi Marjun, thanks for stopping by, I couldn't agree more.

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      James A Watkins 

      5 months ago from Chicago

      Thank you for this spirit-breathed article. I enjoyed it much. I believe many Christians with good intentions do harm when they more or less blame God for evil. Many people have become ex-Christians after a horrible event in their lives, such as the loss of a child; the rape or murder of a loved one; the death of a young wife to cancer; a young man wheelchair bound for life from a diving accident, after which some Christian said, “It was God’s Will!”

      Why do people blame God for what diabolical men like Adolf Hitler, Josef Stalin, or Chairman Mao do? I certainly hope it is not because Christians often say, “It was God’s plan.” I think we need to stop that. Since we have free will when men do evil, it is not God's plan but men's plans.

      God hates evil. He is holy—and evil is evil because He hates it. All people who love God are called to hate wickedness, too. Evil people act against God's will. I believe that God has a blueprint for every life, but Man has the will to go his own way, and usually does. God commands us to recognize evil and to fight against it—an odd command indeed if He wills it.

      Notice that Jesus and His disciples did not attribute evil to God. They saw suffering all around them and every time Jesus gave it a spiritual dimension He said it came from Satan and his army of demons. They prayed that God's will would be done on Earth, which shows me that it oft times isn’t.

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      5 months ago from Sunny Florida

      I enjoyed reading those 3 stories again. I can't imagine going through what those 3 men did, and I think God is only good. I fail, repent and then pray some more. I have learned from my mistakes. I really enjoyed this excellent article.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 

      5 months ago from New Delhi, India

      An engaging article and nicely written.

      I do believe in God and have faith and trust that whatever good or bad is happening in my life, is according to his plans. As a believer, I do accept it. I also believe that ‘karma’ plays an important part in our lives. If one has trust in God, it’s easier to face any kind of situation, whether good or not so good.

      Thanks for sharing this insightful article!

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      Eric Dierker 

      5 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      In 2 Corinthians 12:7-9, Paul talks about thorns in one's side. My second bout with cancer keeps me humble and a servant.I may not judge providence. I cannot anymore detect what is right or wrong with God. At sixty I gave up. God is always perfect to me and my son. We only talk about it but do not question.

      Joy and Love work in my garden.

      You are a soul that lightens all persons burden. Thanks a bunch!

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      breakfastpop 

      5 months ago

      My father always told me that God as good, but not all powerful. That helped me and still helps me to understand tragedy.

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      Bill Holland 

      5 months ago from Olympia, WA

      For whatever reason, I have no problem imagining an all-good God....

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      Marjun Angolluan Canceran 

      5 months ago from Saudi Arabia

      It may be difficult but doable. Just need to think of all His wonderful promises believing that He is there ALWAYS for us!

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