When you stand in breathless amazement at the beauty of the star-lit night, do you question the goodness of God? No. Continue reading . . .
When you stand in breathless amazement at the beauty of the star-lit night, do you question the goodness of God? No. When you witness the birth of your child and contemplate the wonder and majesty of how he/she is crafted and shaped, do you immediately doubt whether God has your best interests at heart? No. When you discover that your bank account is full and ever-increasing and that your insurance company has sent you a check that will enable you to buy a new car, even better than the one you just totaled in an accident, do you raise an angry fist and shout ugly slurs at God? No. When your spouse tells you repeatedly how much they love you and your boss compliments your efforts in the office, do you grow resentful and give serious consideration to abandoning the local church and your Christian friends? Of course not!
But reverse each of those scenarios. Or simply think about the especially difficult circumstances you are currently confronting in life. Now, do you feel the temptation to wonder if God is good? Do you sense a strong pull in the direction of despair and anger and doubt? Sure. That is why suffering, in whatever form it comes our way, is the single greatest threat to our confidence in the goodness and trustworthiness of God.
This undeniable fact makes all the more surprising the words of James 1:2 – “Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet various trials.” Several things here warrant our close attention.
For example, the word “when” or perhaps even “whenever” may not be a word that you wish to consider, for the simple fact that it means there will never come a time when we won’t face trials and ha