Let’s be honest: sometimes it can be hard to believe that God is good.
Life is hard.
We encounter trials of various kinds, some minor, some heartbreaking.
When we find ourselves wading hip-deep through the rivers of sorrow, it’s hard to hold fast to God’s goodness.
That’s why we need to be regularly reminded that God is good. That he is always faithful. That he’s on our side. That he is 100% for us.
Thankfully, Scripture gives us abundant proof of God’s glorious, overwhelming goodness. We need to remind ourselves of these things on a constant basis.
Here are 5 unshakeable proofs that our God is good.
God Is Good Because He Gave His Son For Us
He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things? (Romans 8:32)
Ponder this staggering truth for a moment. God gave up his son…
To pay for our sins. To rescue us out of darkness. To cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
He didn’t have to do this. We certainly didn’t deserve it. After all, we were enemies of God. Children of wrath, as it says in the book of Ephesians. We willingly, joyfully followed the ways of the world and Satan.
And yet, in spite of all this, God still gave up his son for us. God wanted us to be part of his family so badly that he was willing to give up his precious, only Son to die in our place.
Is there any greater proof that God is good? Is there any greater evidence that God loves us like no one else?
I could never comprehend giving up one of my children. It’s simply unfathomable to me. And yet in God’s infinite wisdom, he gave us his son to rescue us from our sins.
God’s goodness is simply overwhelming.
God Is Good Because He Adopted Us
…he predestined us for adoption to himself as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will (Ephesians 1:5).
If God had simply forgiven our sins, that would have been more than enough to prove that he is good. But he has gone so staggeringly far beyond that.
Not only has he forgiven us, but he has adopted us into his family. We literally are sons and daughters of God, with all the rights and privileges that entails.
We can call the omnipotent, omniscient, everlasting God, “Father.”
We can pray about everything to him. No prayer is too small. No care is too little. No burden too big or small. We can cast all our anxieties on our Father, knowing that he cares for us.
I love how Tim Keller puts it:
The only person who dares wake up a king at 3:00 AM for a glass of water is a child. We have that kind of access.
We know that God is good because he has adopted us as his precious children.
God Is Good Because He Provides For Us
Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. (Matthew 6:31-33).
Because we are valued children of God, we can be absolutely sure that God will provide for us.
I am 100% committed to providing everything I possibly can for my children. I’ll do whatever is necessary to ensure that they have all that they need to thrive in this world.
If I long to be generous to my children, how much more does God long to be generous to us, those he has bought with the blood of his son?
I love how Psalm 84:11 puts it:
For the Lord God is a sun and shield; the Lord bestows favor and honor. No good thing does he withhold from those who walk uprightly.
If something is good for us, God absolutely will give it to us. He is generous and provides more than we can possibly imagine.
God is not some tight-fisted miser who can’t bear to part with any of his riches. He’s the complete opposite. We come to him with our needs and he provides for us out of his abundant, overflowing wealth.
Philippians 4:19 puts it this way:
And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.
God is good and he will provide everything we need according to his glorious riches.
God Is Good Because He Guides Us
He leads me beside still waters. He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. (Psalm 23:2-3).
Not only does God provide for all our needs, but he also guides us in every step we take.
There is never a single moment when we are walking alone. We are never wandering. Rather, we are always being led by our good, faithful, loving Shepherd.
Because God loves us, he is always leading us to green pastures and still waters. He is always guiding us by the hand, even when it seems like we don’t know where in the world we’re going.
I love how James 1:5 puts it: “If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him.”
If we need wisdom about anything, we can ask God for it and be absolutely confident that he will give it to us. God never leaves us on our own, never abandons us to our own devices.
Just as an earthly shepherd carefully watches over and protects his sheep, so our heavenly Shepherd carefully watches over us.
If you find yourself overwhelmed by your circumstances, know this: God is not overwhelmed at all.
He knows exactly what he’s doing. He is walking with you every step of the way, leading on sweet paths even when it seems like you’re walking in the dark.
God’s goodness is seen in his guidance. We can know that God is good and that even when life is hard or confusing, he is going before us.
God Is Good Because It’s In His Character
Oh, how abundant is your goodness, which you have stored up for those who fear you and worked for those who take refuge in you, in the sight of the children of mankind! (Psalm 31:19).
The ultimate reason that God is good is because it’s in his character. In other words, he is inherently good. You might say that goodness is woven into the very DNA of God (he doesn’t really have DNA, but you get the point).
Put another way, God can NEVER be not good, not even for a split second.
This reality should absolutely fill us with joy.
Our God is infinite and almighty. He rules the universe and keeps the planets in orbit. The oceans stay within their boundaries because God commands them to do so.
And God is also infinitely good.
When you combine God’s infinite power with his infinite goodness, the result is a God worthy of our deepest worship.
God is good because that’s simply who he is. And because God is good in his very nature, we can be absolutely sure that he will pour out goodness on us for our entire lives. His goodness will never end.
As Psalm 23:6 says:
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever.
Isn’t that such a sweet verse? God’s goodness and mercy will literally pursue us all the days of our lives. We will never come to the end of God’s abundant, overwhelming, rich goodness.
Let Us Rejoice In God’s Goodness
How should we respond to these truths?
It’s not complicated. We should respond with great rejoicing and with reverent worship.
Our God is good. He proves it by giving up his son for us, adopting us, providing for us, and guiding us. Goodness is part of God’s character, and because of that, we will never be outside of the goodness of God.
As the classic Christmas hymn says, “O come let us adore him.”