“The Lord is good to those whose hope is in him, to the one who seeks him; it is good to wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord.” Lamentations 3:25-26.
How can God be “good” when things aren’t going so well?
God is “good” because He is in charge and ALWAYS knows what to do and when to do it.
I look through a glass darkly. I can’t see the future and I don’t fully understand the past and the present. God does.
Perfect for me is the idea of waiting quietly. That is contrary to the way I am. I want things to get done. I want to make sure that they do get done. I am not patient.
This verse tells me that it would be “good” if I calmly waited. That is a verse out of God’s handbook……..for me.
Sometimes my hard driving will get things done. Other times it gets me into trouble and frustrated.
Will I trust God? Will I stop trusting myself?
I often judge God by my own standards. What am I thinking when I do that? I have such a limited perception of what is going on.
The news today is about a Category 4 hurricane closing in on the East Coast. There will be damage. There could be loss of life. Where’s God in this? Clearly, I don’t understand God……….but I trust Him. He can turn a storm. Recall the New Testament story on the Sea of Galilee.
I suspect that many are praying that the storm will veer away. Will God change its course? If He doesn’t, is He no longer “good?” All that God does is “good.” It is good by His Standard.
Many who are praying about the storm will say afterwards, “I prayed, and God didn’t do anything.” If the storm hits the East Coast, then it was part of God’s plan. He allowed it to do what He wanted it to do. Tough teaching for sure.
Conclusion: God knows what He’s doing. I must see what happens that way.