Tuesday, December 6

The Kindness of God

I think we all would agree that God is kind.  I think we all can look back in our lives and see some point where God's loving-kindness was obviously there--when everything fell into place, when we felt His presence, when we knew His love for us was great.  There is no question that God is kind.

But what about when it looks different?  What about when it doesn't work out the way that it seems it should?  When a friend doesn't forgive, despite our best efforts?  When a marriage dissolves after years and years and years of godly counsel?  What about when we feel regret instead of joy?  When we lose babies, when people die, when life does not even begin to seem fair or good?  Is God still kind?

Of course He is.  A. W. Tozer says it for me in this:

Divine goodness, as one of God's attributes, is self-caused, infinite, perfect, and eternal. Because God is immutable He never varies in the intensity of His loving-kindness. He has never been kinder than He now is, nor will He ever be less kind. He is no respecter of persons but makes His sun to shine on the evil as well as on the good, and sends His rain on the just and on the unjust. The cause of His goodness is in Himself; the recipients of His goodness are all His beneficiaries without merit and without recompense.

A sure sign of spiritual maturity would be the ability to recognize and praise God for his loving-kindness even in our darkest hours.  Because He never ceases to be good or kind. Ever.

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