He Is Still Good

03.14.2017

By Nathaniel Bettcher joins the School of Ministry from Virginia

I have been a Christian for almost a decade, and if you know me at all, you know that I place an enormous emphasis on the absolute sovereignty of God. I am convinced that nothing; happens outside of His plan.

Psalm 115: 3 “Our God is in the heavens; he does all that he pleases.”

Isaiah 46:9-10 “Remember the former things of old; for I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is none like me, declaring the end from the beginning and from ancient times things not yet done, saying, ‘My counsel shall stand, and I will accomplish all my purpose,’”

For a few years now, I have championed this aspect of theology without wavering. Most days, because I believe that God is all-good and all-sovereign, it has been fairly easy for me to trust the Lord with what He was doing in my life. I suppose it was only a matter of time before I was tested in this.

Very recently, God allowed a trial that I was not ready for. I was relaxing on the evening of October 9, and I got a phone call that I thought was years down the road. My Dad had a heart attack. We didn’t know much, but we did know that he went without breathing and a heart beat for around 40 minutes. Statistically speaking, his condition was likely fatal. Through her tears, my mom told me that I needed to fly home to Virginia as soon as possible in the event that any “decisions” had to be made. I packed my luggage¾including the suit I thought I would be wearing to my father’s funeral, and booked the earliest flight home.

Knowing that God is in control of all things, my first reaction was to ask, “Why?”. You see, when you believe in the absolute sovereignty of God, the line between what He ordains vs. what He allows can become very grey, and very thin. I could not understand why He was doing this. But in that moment, God reminded me of His promises. He reminded me that He is good, that His love is steadfast, and that suffering is not meaningless.

Romans 8:28 “And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.”

2 Corinthians 4:17 “For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison,”

So that evening, after I pleaded with God for my Dad’s life, through the tears, and through the most terrible sadness I have felt to date, God gave me the grace to pray, “Lord, no matter what happens, you are still good. Even if you take Dad, I will still worship you.

I am happy to tell you, that God was not finished with my Dad, and through the prayers of hundreds of believers petitioning God on behalf of my Dad, he has made a miraculous recovery. Doctors and friends alike have been baffled, but God is an all-powerful healer. While that week back home was the most difficult of my life, I am grateful for how God allowed me to experience the power of prayer in healing my father. My family and I have a long road ahead, but nevertheless, my Dad is on the road to recovery.

All that to say, here’s the point:

Even if my father had died that night, he would have gone to be with my Heavenly Father. Even though God allowed me to be struck with the most terrible pain and sadness I have ever felt, He is still the God that saved me from Hell, and He is still the God that does not waste trials or tragedy. No matter what you are going through, I beg you, look to the Lord. When tragedy strikes, do not turn against God. Run to Him for the comfort that only He can give. Remember that even though your life may have been flipped upside down, He remains faithful, He remains good, He works all things together for the good of those who love Him, and His love for His children will not waver. He is still good.

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