Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap. For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life. And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up. So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone, and especially to those who are of the household of faith. – Galatians 6:7-10
Several years ago I remember hearing people say the phrase “God is Good” and others replying “All the Time”. Do we believe that?
When life is running along smoothly – God is Good – but when things get a little bumpy or worse, how do we respond?
The Psalmist Asaph expressed his point of view in Psalm 73 –
1 Truly God is good to Israel, to those who are pure in heart. 2 But as for me, my feet had almost stumbled, my steps had nearly slipped. 3 For I was envious of the arrogant when I saw the prosperity of the wicked….
13 All in vain have I kept my heart clean and washed my hands in innocence.14 For all the day long I have been stricken and rebuked every morning.
16 But when I thought how to understand this, it seemed to me a wearisome task, 17 until I went into the sanctuary of God;
25 Whom have I in heaven but you? And there is nothing on earth that I desire besides you. 26 My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.
28 But for me it is good to be near God;I have made the Lord GOD my refuge, that I may tell of all your works.
The key is found in verse 17. Asaph didn’t retreat when life was difficult. Instead, he turned to the source of what is Good when he entered the presence of God.
God is Good. All the Time.