I stood wearily outside the mortuary, listening to the elderly woman share about her husband’s recent passing.
“We were on our way to visit family. He just got into the car, closed his eyes and he was gone!” She went on to describe how it was such a blessing that he went so fast and painlessly, exclaiming, “God is so good!”
My father had passed away just two days before her husband, and his death was long and drawn-out. All I could say in return was, “it didn’t work out that way for my dad.”
Since that encounter, I’ve been more aware of when people use the phrase, “God is good.” And I’ve noticed that they typically say it when something positive has happened.
God answered a prayer the way they wanted it.
God healed someone.
God provided something they needed.
God made something easier.
Which begs the question: Is God only good when life is good? In other words, is God only good – some of the time? Continue reading