I am the Lord, and there is no other. I form light and create darkness, I make weal and create woe; I the Lord do all these things.
2 Corinthians 4:6 (NIV)
God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of God’s glory displayed in the face of Christ.
I was sitting in the office of a very dear brother in Christ who just happened also to be a counselor. I had been seeing him for a period of time, dealing with some personal issues, twists, and struggles through which he was very helpful in guiding me. During one of those very special times (I call them “God moments”), he said, “God is not a whimp.” That, teamed with the rehearsal of some painful experiences in my past, a probing of what God was doing in those moments as he watched me struggle there, yeilded a new appreciation for how the goodness of God can often be seen only with the eyes of faith.
It is one thing to believe, teach and confess that God created the light and darkness. It is quite another to believe that when God leads me through the darkness, or when I am facing particularly difficult situations God’s goodness is still in tact, and being expressed toward me. If God is good all the time, how does that goodness reign together with his power, might, majesty, and sovereignty?
God always has an ultimate plan, and a Grand Dream for his people: He desires that we experience the fullness of his grace in the life of the world to come, and embrace his goodness, grace, rule and reign now by faith.
God’s glory is displayed not only in majestic miracles, dramatic rescues, and extraordinary interventions. It is displayed in the face of Christ. God is not a whimp. His hand is not too short. His power is not governed. He is good…all the time. In the midst of challenging times and moments of joy he sustains us with his mighty power mediated through his gracious goodness. For that I am deeply thankful.