Even If He Doesn't, He's Still Good
“Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice.” Philippians 4:4
Affliction is an unwelcome guest in our lives. As much as we know suffering and hardships are a promise in our walks as believers (John 16:33), when the time for us to suffer for our good comes, many of us are reluctant to rise up to the occasion and be glad. I know this is a current struggle for me, and many can attest to this.
Paul suffered for the sake of Christ in ways we may not suffer ourselves. But he was granted peace that surpassed all understanding, a greater experience in Christ, and wisdom in how to comfort those who were struggling in ways he related to and ways he did not. And in all this, he rejoiced.
Can we say the same? When suffering comes, rejoicing is the last thing on our minds many times.
But when the time for grief or mourning has passed, can we lift our countenance to say like the Psalmist, “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble" (Psalm 46: 1-3)? I pray I can grow in this knowledge and grace. I pray we all can look to God and say as we face the fiery furnaces of our affliction, “And even if He doesn’t…He’s still good.”
Lord, words fail. Tears fall. Troubles come. And You, our God, are faithful. Help us to give You praise in the midst of the circumstances that threaten to take our joy. Christ is our joy, so nothing can take it away. In His name we pray, Amen.
What promises can you dwell on from the Bible to help you remember God’s goodness?
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Born and raised in Texas, Emerald Zimny enjoys coffee, books, and spending time with loved ones. Her favorite breed of dog is a Corgi, and she loves listening to smooth jazz while learning a new word a day from the dictionary. Her heroes in the faith are Elisabeth Elliot, R.C. Sproul Sr., and John MacArthur.