A Goodness So Great

As you do not know the path of the wind, or how the body is formed, in a mother’s womb, so you cannot understand the work of God, the Maker of all things

– Ecclesiastes 11:5 (NIV)

Today I was thinking and talking about how the mystery of God makes people uncomfortable.

Sometimes, if we can’t explain Him in pithy terms that are suitable to our need for bringing things full circle, we panic. In this faulty flesh, there is immediate and temporal comfort in being able to find the ‘light at the end of the tunnel’ and to say, “Oh, you see? That’s why it happened!”

But life is messy.

Not every situation ends with a resolution handed to us in bow-tied boxes. Sometimes there are hard situations that require long-suffering and a firm stance on “the Rock of Ages (Isaiah 26:4, NIV)” with no quick promise that the waves will not crash about furiously and that the storm has an end date.

And yet, the blur of this mystery does not shroud the goodness of God.

The earth was established on the pillars of His goodness.

The moon and sun hang opposite of each other in the great beyond by this same goodness.

His goodness is evident every time pain softens a hardened heart.

His goodness triumphs when a mortal body succumbs to an illness, but doesn’t tarnish the soul.

For You, Lord, are good, and ready to forgive, And abundant in loving-kindness to all who call upon You.

(Psalm 68:5 (NIV)

An anonymous prayer was scratched into a stone by a captive Jew of the Holocaust in Cologne, Germany. It read: “I believe in the sun even when it’s not shining. I believe in love even when not feeling it. I believe in God even when He is silent.”

The goodness of God might be silent at times, but it cannot be stopped.

How GREAT, this goodness of God. So great a goodness…

That in the mystery of His work there is vast room to enjoy all of His irreconcilable Goodness, knowing that we will never fully understand Him in all His sovereign majesty, but will be forever satisfied in Him nonetheless. 

— Noeline Maldonado

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