"Shall we accept good from God, and not trouble?" (Job 2:10)It reminded me of a time when I learned an important truth about God - that God is always good. Thankfully at the time I learned this lesson I was spared trouble, save a small amount of embarrassment.
It was a time when I was asked to give a testimony at a church event, with the aim of being an encouragement to the church family and maybe sparking some interest in God for those who came as guests.
I had decided to talk about how God was at work in my life at that time, rather than describe how I became a Christian, but on the morning of the event I still had no idea what I would say. As I drove to work I prayed earnestly that God would give me some direction - I was running out of time! And pretty soon that prayer was answered.
As I sat at the traffic lights, waiting for them to turn green, I heard the screech of brakes, the sound of metal hitting metal, the tinkle of smashing glass. Once, twice, three times. A four car pile up and had there been sufficient momentum, I would have been the fifth car, but by God's grace, my car remained untouched. The lights turned green, I drove off (that sounds a bit irresponsible as I write it now...I wonder if I should have stayed at the scene??) and praised God that He had spared me from being involved in that traffic accident - and praised God that I now knew what I would talk about that evening.
As I spoke that evening of the morning's traffic accident, I kept using the phrases, "God was good" and "God was with me." Over and over. And eventually I brought my story round to the goodness of God, that He should send His Son to die for me that I might have eternal life in Him.
At the end of the evening, as I walked back to my undamaged car, a dear woman approached me and said, "Meredith, that was a great talk. But I have a question for you. If your car had been hit this morning, would God still be good? Would God still have been with you?"
I still wince at that oh so gentle rebuke. Because she is right. God is good. Even if my car had been the fifth car in that pile up, or even the first to be hit and so sustaining the greatest amount of damage, even if I had been injured or even killed that day - God is good. Because trouble of one sort or another WILL come. Traffic accident. Ill health. Fractured relationships. Unemployment. Poverty. Death. But for those who love Him, life with all its goodness and troubles, is lived upon the foundation of hope - that God will bring them home to Himself through the work of His Son on the cross. That is the good constant with which we live, despite what happens to us in our day to day lives.
God is always good.