So He said to him, “Why do you call Me good? No one is good but One, that is, God…” (Matthew 19:17 NKJ).
No one is good but God. Jesus said it and that settles it. If the scripture declares that He is a good God then He is. That means our God is not a bad God. He is the only one who is good and no one else. Therefore, everything that comes from God is surely a good thing. If God is good, as claimed by Jesus and the Scripture, why then more than half of the world’s population is not taking God seriously?
Obviously there is a dilemma in the Christian belief system. Either half or more than half of them does not truly believe or not totally sold out to Jesus’ claim that God is good. One of the notorious questions is this, “If God is good, why good Christians suffer?” This kind of question is based on lack of knowledge of the word of God. People who bring out this issue are the ones who does not know God and ignorant of the character of God.
The real culprit of the Christian faith now a day, is that solid Biblical teachings have been corrupted by the secular interpretations of the scripture. Men have twisted and bended the real meaning of the scripture to fit their biases, to justify their ways and lifestyle. Worst, majority of them do not accept the sole authority of the scripture especially in the issues that opposes their way of life. No wonder the cry of our spirit in prayer is this, “Come now Lord Jesus, come now.”
This is our hope, the coming of Christ. When He comes, all issues will be settled. All questions will be answered. Although God is a good God, He is also a just God. He will administer justice to all. Justice will be served. Every soul that deserved justice will receive it.
You must realize that the Bible declares that the fall of Adam in the hands of the devil is the reason for all sufferings in this world. God’s original plan is to have Adam enjoy God’s creation to the fullest. God created the perfect man – Adam. Adam had all the blessings of the earth in his hands, but he trashed it. It could have been a beautiful world without evil, sin, sickness, and diseases. It could have been a life in the presence of God, growing spiritually into His image.
However, Adam made a choice to believe the lies of the adversary, the devil. Adam surrendered almost everything into the hands of the devil by obeying his lies. Adam voluntarily disobeyed God. At the time of having a conversation with the woman, Adam knew what he was doing. Adam was in “perfect intelligence” at that time. He could have listened to his conscience and continued to obey God, but he failed. Adam failed himself. God did not fail him. Adam cannot blame God for his failure.
The same is true with us today. Although you are a born again believer, you still have the capacity and the ability to deny the word of God and follow the lust of your flesh. From the very beginning, it has always been a matter of choice. You may choose to follow Christ or you may choose to follow the lust of this world. The truth in life is that you cannot stop someone from killing himself.
If a person is willfully lazy and has chosen not to work, then there’s nothing you can do. The same is true with a person who willfully refuses to change his mind; no one can do anything about that person. You may influence him but the final decision belongs to him, not you.
To help quell the dilemma of the Christian belief system is to get back to the authority of the written Word of God. When the scripture says, “God is good” then He is good. One of the many problems why good Christians do not see or experience the goodness of God in their lives is their outlook and perception of the Scripture. Another is lack of patience or no patience at all. When their prayer request was not answered immediately, they get offended by the Word. They blame God.
When the friends of Daniel were forced to worship an idol god, they stood their ground and refused. Therefore, they were sentenced to death by burning them alive. However, their faith was never shaken because they knew their God.
Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego replied, “O Nebuchadnezzar, we do not need to defend ourselves before you. If we were thrown into the blazing furnace, the God whom we serve is able to save us. He will rescue us from your power, Your Majesty. But even if he doesn’t we want to make it clear to you, Your Majesty, that we will never serve your gods or worship the gold statue you have set up” (Daniel 3:16-18 NLT).
What amazing confession of faith they had made. They declared that even God does not save them; they were determined to stand in their faith, and never to serve and worship an idol. You see, these three Hebrew men knew their God that they serve. It is so pathetic that many Christians are easily get offended by fellow Christians and then backslide. Again, instead of the whole Christian body or Body of Christ majors in soul winning, we spend time uselessly inside church facilities with activities that does not help the cause of Christ.
“Even though the fig trees have no blossoms, and there are no grapes on the vines; even though the olive crop fails, and the fields lie empty, yet I will rejoice in the Lord! I will be joyful in the God of my salvation!” (Habakkuk 3:17-18 NLT).
The prophet Habakkuk boldly declares that no matter what the situation maybe, he will continue to rejoice in the Lord and be joyful in the salvation of God. You see, the mark of true believer is the knowledge of the goodness of God.
God will never allow his children in any harm’s way. He will never withhold any good thing from those who walk according to His ways. “…The Lord will give grace and glory; no good thing will He withhold from those who walk uprightly” (Psalm 84:11).
We need to renew our mind on the way we think about God that we serve. Every man of God in the Bible, who walked in obedience to His word, had lived the life to the fullest. They were blessed by the goodness of God. These were the men of God who do not know how to complain, but rejoiced in the Lord when faced with the adversaries. For they knew, that the God they serve is a good God. He is the God of their salvation.