Two truths about God are attacked every day in my life, and it is my work to believe in them: God is good and God is sovereign. As with Eve and Adam, Satan doesn’t need to be creative with me in his accusations of God. If he can convince me that God has no power to intervene in my life and that God’s will is the worst thing ever, then he’s got me. I was reminded of this last week when I spoke to someone dear to me about an ongoing situation in her life.
The Attack on God is Good
An opportunity presented itself and by all appearances it was THE answer to her prayer. But then the worm turned and this beautiful opportunity turned out to be much less than perfect. My friend was confused and worried and more than a little bit crushed. She had been so sure that this was God’s provision, and now it looked almost like a bigger mess than her original dilemma. Let the accusing begin!
Is this who God is? Does He give me a beautiful piece of fruit that’s rotten on the inside? Is His will merely a vehicle for increased suffering? Does He offer the carrot then smack me with a stick? These are the questions born of accusation. And if you’re human and honest, you’ve entertained some variation of them at one point or another.
That God is good is a truth that must be defended again and again because Satan will ALWAYS call His goodness into question. “For God knows that in the day you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil” (Gen. 3:5). What is Satan really saying here? He’s saying that God is small and petty and scared of His own creation. He’s saying that not only does God lie, He lies because He’s threatened and defensive and determined to hoard power that rightfully belongs to us. Isn’t this an apt description of every petty tyrant the world has ever known? That’s who Satan wants us to believe that God is.
The Attack on God is Sovereign
In addition to being crestfallen about the opportunity’s big flaws, my friend also felt pressured to accept the conditions presented to her, because what if that was the best she’d get? What if nothing else came up? Given that mine wasn’t the mind under attack, I scoffed at that. Really? God, the Creator of all there is, cannot provide another opportunity? God is good AND God is sovereign. He can and does do exactly what He wills. Satan himself can’t do anything without God’s permission, the Book of Job makes that completely clear. Just because we can’t see a way out, doesn’t mean there isn’t one. Just because we don’t know what tomorrow will bring, doesn’t mean that it won’t arrive.
God is infinitely able and He is LOVE. His goodness and mercy are so vast that we will probably know only the tip of the iceberg though we have all eternity to hear the stories. God is good. God is good and God is sovereign! In every crisis and difficulty and loss and even the smallest disappointment, God’s goodness and His sovereignty are attacked. But His power and character are assured and they are true; it is our job to believe the truth about God and defend Him when the accusations come. God is sovereign and God is good.
For I know the thoughts and plans that I have for you, says the Lord, thoughts and plans for welfare and peace and not for evil, to give you hope in your final outcome.
Jeremiah 29:11 AMPC