It was quite a shock to find myself trapped inside my car not being able to open my drivers side door. I reacted like any normal person would. I was shook up and my anxiety had sky rocketed. I was unable to open my drivers side door until a nice lady who witnessed the accident came over and pulled the door open with everything she had in her. After I realized I was safe and not badly injured, I began to thank God for his greatness.
This morning as I reflected on the accident I began to thank God for his goodness once again. Then it occurred to me. What if I was seriously hurt? What if I had to be taken away in an ambulance? Would God not still be good? What determines God’s goodness? Things going our way? Walking away without injury? What prompts us to thank Him for his goodness?
The truth is, God’s goodness exists outside of circumstance. It is not determined by what makes us feel good. God is good all the time. Not because our lives are pleasant all the time. Not because we get what we want all the time. No. God is good all of the time because his goodness is an unchangeable aspect of his perfect character.
It was sobering this morning to find myself asking, would I still be thanking God for his goodness if our accident had a less than happy outcome? I pray that I would.
It was right to thank God for his greatness yesterday, not simply because he kept me safe but because he is good no matter what he chooses to do. No matter the circumstance, God is good all of the time. So, to thank God in this way is to affirm within our own hearts that God is good even when circumstances are bad.
I am thankful for God’s goodness, which is independent of any circumstance. I am thankful that God is unchanging and that no matter what happens we can be assured that he has violated none of his perfect attributes. He is the unchanging, unmovable Rock upon which we can build our lives.