God is Good
by Allison Edmon
God is good. He is all things good. When I am encouraged in the things of God, I feel such an overflowing peace and happiness in my heart that makes me want to proclaim with all ferocity, “My God is like NO OTHER!”“MY Jehovah, MY deliverer, MY Provider!”
But then there are those who preach from a Christian pulpit about a God I do not know. They mistake his power for anger, his righteousness for rejection of anything less. When those people speak, I do not feel my heart leap, my spirit does not sense my familiar friend, nor smell the weight of his glory. Instead I find myself dark and afraid on the inside, like a lost child. Powerful and righteous or not…..I do not believe that is my God. I do not believe that as a child of God he will ever leave me alone or afraid.
My affection for him is not based on his praise of me, or his ability or actual occurrence of “coddling” me. I fear him in the sense that I see what his awe-striking power, his strength, his promising justice can do. But I love him because I know that though he can roar like a lion and bring enemies grappling at his feet…. ……..he is gentle. He is kind. He is my friend, and the very shadow of his greatness provides me with absolute refuge. Absolute peace.
No one can touch me with him at my defense. And my greatest enemy knows that even better than I do. He is valiant. He is swift. He is undaunted by foes. He is strong and always able, and a show of his strength would bring universes crashing down.
Like a skilled archer, his arrow never misses. He is the final authority. And in all of that….he is kindness, and he is love. His hands can be as gentle as they are strong. He laughs with delight and his laughter fills the halls.
He is THE great King. He is the great coverer. And I believe in my heart, his great joy is in my love and affection returned to him. My obedience to do his will, to follow his hand, to search his heart out of my love for him and not out of my duty. He is my friend, my great shepherd. And I am a favored sheep in his flock, or at least, that is what he would have me to believe by this affection and grace towards me. Though my heart is found in him, my deepest affection wrapped in his name, I am awestruck and reverent. Watching like a child in wide-eyed wonder for what he will do next. Author and finisher. Great hero. Reigning King. Loving shepherd. Gentle father. Mighty Strong Tower. He is not tame, but he is good.