Dear Muslim, Christian, and Jewish friends,

Do you ever question the goodness of God?

I can tell you that I have. In times of deep pain or seeing the deep pain and suffering of others, I have asked God these questions:

“Why God, why? I can’t take this much longer.”
“Lord, You have all power. Why do You let this injustice go on?”
“Oh God, how long until You act to help these suffering people?”
“Almighty God. You could have done something but You didn’t. Why?”

Notice that I did not question God directly about His goodness. But at times, I know that question was underneath the surface of my questions.

I am sorry I have ever doubted God’s wisdom, power, mercy, and perhaps above all, His goodness. He has nothing to prove to me. He is, afterall, God. And I am not.

But, this one thing I am sure of: God knows my every thought. I cannot hide them from Him. So. . .isn’t it better to admit it to Him when I doubt Him in any way? Isn’t He big enough to take it? His ego is not hurt! And isn’t He loving enough to take it? He knows what some have said about us as humans when we are desperately hurting in our souls or bodies: “pain speaks a strange language.” It doubts. It questions.

I cannot speak about the Qur’an but as a follower of Jesus, I can say that the Bible has much to say to us when we doubt God’s goodness. Please listen. . .

Psalm 145:17 – “The LORD is righteous in all His ways and faithful in all He does.”

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Psalm 18:30 – “As for God, His way is perfect.” (the word “perfect” here means “without blemish, without spot, whole, undefiled” in the original language)

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Deuteronomy 32:4 – “He is the Rock, His works are perfect, and all His ways are just. A faithful God who does no wrong, upright and just is He.”

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1 John 1:5 – “This is the message we have heard from Him and declare to you: God is light; in Him there is no darkness at all.”

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Do you ever question the goodness of God?

I do. But then I get honest with God. I tell Him. I get it out.

You know what He does? He listens to me. He puts His arms around me. And He tells me that He loves me.

He doesn’t even have to always remind me of the incredible verses above. When I experience His love at my lowest point, I can know one thing for certain.

God. . .is. . .good.