God’s Goodness Overcomes Our Doubt

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I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. Matthew 5:44-45

God has shown His goodness to all, and all sorts of people, whether it be the evil or the righteous. God has not shown any difference in the ways He treats people, from the first man and will not be any different for the last. If we do not believe that God is in full control of these things, such as the sun rising, then it is senseless to use this as an argument that God bestows a constant flow of goodness to all people. But once we can accept God’s hand in creation, then this understanding opens up a whole new way of approaching life.

God is not only involved in our world in a general way but through the very basic way He has set up and maintains the world, our bodies, etc. They reveal His concern and love. Let me give you an example. There are many people, including Christian believers, who get easily upset with God over something they think God should or should not have done.

They might want to get into a certain school or don’t have the money another family person has. They are tempted to doubt God’s love for them. From Matthew 5:45, however, we should as a basic presumption in life not be so demanding. We should trust in God’s evident love rather than think He is out to hinder or hurt our lives. It is a true statement: our demands do not stem from understanding. God has kindly treated everyone such as nicely supplying them with sun and rain. Can we not trust Him in other ways? Why would He care for us and then attack us?

I’m going to say this, rather directly; usually our doubts are built on the distrust of His love. We can’t trust Him because we are not sure He has our best interests in mind. From our passage in Matthew, we can see very clearly that He has maintained the universe in such a manner to care for mankind. He does not need or benefit from it. It is for us, His creation. In other words, we are to develop a mentality of life in which we are very thankful to God for that which He provides.

I cannot overstate the importance of our faith and trust in the Lord for having a vibrant Christian life. Without it the evil one can so easily enter our lives and confuse us. But you ask, “How can we build up this trust?” We can build up our trust by constantly reminding ourselves of God’s love for us through the way He designed everything. Secondly, and maybe less tangibly obvious is that God’s love is not our love. The Bible never says love is God. If it did, it would allow our view and our experiences to define who God is. Rather the Bible says that God is love (1 John 4:8), and that love originates and comes from God (1 John 4:7). John then brings us into the picture when he provides the expression of God’s love toward us. He says,

This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. 1 John 4:10

Through God’s constant show of kindness, people have misunderstood the Lord. One misunderstanding of God’s love is that it can simply eliminate judgment. If God acts kind to the wicked, then we might conclude (though wrongly) that judgment will be put off. Others might also conclude that there is no judgment. If the wicked get away with sins and are treated with the same favor as the righteous, then they might conclude, as many do, that there is no God nor is there judgment. Still others might think that they can continue on in their sins. They have come to believe that they can get away with it. They ignorantly believe that God will overlook their sins as He has in the past.

God’s grace encourages us to come to Him, not to use Him. The Lord takes great “risk” to pass His grace on to us. He knows we might misinterpret His constant shower of love, but He “risks” it so that we can be further touched by His wonderful love.