How To Trust God’s Goodness Even When …

Goodness, God! What are you up to?

Quarantining an extrovert who depends on PUBLIC speaking to make a living? How is that gonna work? Can I celebrate God’s goodness in light of these circumstances?

Are you asking a similar question?

To answer, start with what you know to be true. I KNOW God loves me and called me to write of His faithfulness, proclaim His name and teach His Word. Ironic that now I have no place to do that.

I have to remind myself of God’s goodness.

I look to the Bible for hope and inspiration and I find that God doesn’t promise fame and/or fortune and/or pain-free smooth sailing.

He simply asks me to trust him and to be faithful as life unfolds. Even when I don’t understand. When I absolutely want to know more. Especially when the outcome looks bleak.

I question, 

Not with my eternal future but with my RIGHT NOW circumstances. If you question, look no further than your Bible.

but then …

Noah was called to build an arc to escape the destruction of the world. He trusted God for 120 years. The rains came but then Noah floated to safety.

Abraham was promised an heir, but got old waiting. He trusted God for 25 years but then he got his son Isaac.

Joseph was kidnapped, sold into slavery, falsely accused, and imprisoned. He trusted God for 20-odd years but then he rose to second in command of Egypt putting him in a position to save his family from starvation.

David was anointed to be king. He trusted God for 25 years but then he was appointed as the king over all Israel.

Mary trusted God through the gossip and ridicule and the arduous trip to Bethlehem. But then, she gave birth to the Savior of the world.

Paul trusted God for decades, through shipwrecks, stonings, beatings and humiliation, but then God used his experiences and wisdom to write half the New Testament.

Trust him or fail him. Those are the choices.

Men and women in the center of God’s will and calling were met with opposition, ridicule, torment and anguish. But they didn’t stop proclaiming God’s goodness. And neither should we.

I can trust him for His timing, provision and protection until I see the fullness of his faithfulness. Or, I can quit on His calling. Circumvent His plan. Foil my future. Miss out on experiencing His pleasure.

I choose to trust Him. Even if it means repeating, “I trust you, God. I trust you, God. I trust you, God. I trust you, God,” until the anxiety, worry, fear, or sorrow subsides. Ten thousand times a day if necessary.

You may need to do that, too.

When your baby goes off to kindergarten or college.
You can say,”I trust you, God.”

When you get the promotion or the pink slip.
You can say,”I trust you, God.”

When the diagnoses is benign or malignant.
You can say,”I trust you, God.”

When all is well or the well is dry.
You can say,”I trust you, God.”

Though we may not always see the outcome. We can always trust God’s goodness towards us.

How are you experiencing God’s goodness and His faithfulness to you in this season? Encourage us all by leaving a comment below.

Scripture Refresher:  But I trust in you, Lord; I say, “You are my God.” Psalm 31:14

Prayer:  Though I am afraid and may falter, God, be with me and assure me of your goodness so that I may trust you all my days and in all my ways. In Jesus Name, amen.