The fact that we have a good God is a tremendous blessing. Other religions have powerful ‘gods’, but so often these ‘gods’ are capricious, wrathful and liable to harm as much as to bless. God is good and what He does is good. (Ps 119:68) This is a fundamental truth which needs to be thoroughly absorbed to equip us for a life where so much that happens is not good.

Goodness and niceness are not the same thing, however. God’s goodness doesn’t preclude suffering or discipline, but we can rest secure in the fact that He is working for our good in every circumstance and situation of life. (Rom 8:28) God takes the long view and is working from an eternal perspective and for an eternal destiny. Even when life is difficult, tragic and unfair, God’s goodness is the foundation on which we can base our hope.