The Godhead Together
God’s goodness is beyond our capacity to imagine. Think of the best that He could possibly be — tenderly loving, selfless, truthful, pure, faithful, fair, life-giving, and consistent — and He is infinitely better than our concept of those qualities. He doesn’t decide to act in those ways; they are His very nature. Truth is so much a part of Who He is that He cannot lie. (Titus 1:2). We often say that God can do anything. Yes, He can — except that He cannot go against His own nature.
People who have questions about whether God is real or whether He is truly worthy of our adoration often are troubled about whether God is good. A common question is, “If God is good, why does He let bad things go on in the world. Why are there wars and atrocities? Why are there murders? Why are there natural disasters?”
However, we must understand the condition and happenings in our world from a true perspective. The suffering we see around us is not God’s doing; it is man’s. When Adam and Eve disobeyed God in the Garden of Eden (Genesis 3), they did so by choice, having perfect, unmarred minds to work with. They did not yet have the fallen nature, which we have all inherited from them. When perfect man, who had been given dominion over the earth (Genesis 1:28), stepped out of his perfect alignment with God, the earth over which he had been given authority also tumbled from alignment with God, thereby leaving it open to cataclysmic activity. By agreeing with the serpent (Satan) rather than God, man’s mind became darkened and his nature did not retain its pure reflection of God, causing humankind to be open to murder, cruelty, and every kind of evil we indulge in.
The good news is that God, in His great goodness, has planned since before creation — fully knowing ahead of time that man would make a mess of things — to bring restoration to the earth and to each of us individually through His Son Jesus.
Excerpted from Before Whom We Stand: The Everyman’s Guide to the Nature of God — available in print from Full Gospel Family Publications and Amazon and in e-book form from many fine ebook sellers.