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Corzine-McCloskey: You should trust that God is good

By Cris Corzine McCloskey
Caring Counseling Ministries
updated: 11/24/2017 9:47 AM

Last week I wrote about trusting God as an antidote to fear in scary times. I knew a follow-up was necessary, as a lot of people are questioning God's goodness right now.

I get it. Mass shootings, natural disasters, the horror fest we call politics. It's a parade of crazy. How can we trust a God who endorses such insanity?

In his recent book, "God is Good," Bill Johnson (B.J.) says if we want to get an accurate idea of what God is like, we must look at Jesus.

Colossians 1:15 says, "Christ is the visible image of the invisible God." And Jesus said anyone who had seen Him had seen the Father (John 14:9). In other words, what I understand about God must be filtered through the life of Jesus. That filter shattered my old theology.

At one time, I thought it wasn't always God's will to heal.

But looking at the reports about Jesus, which are full of stories where "He healed all the sick" (Luke 4:40), I had to readjust my thinking.

Not one time did Jesus ever say, "Sorry buddy; it's not your day."

In one story, His disciples couldn't get a boy healed. Jesus walks in on this and immediately heals the child (Mark 17). That shows me that even when we don't have the faith for healing, it is still His will.

And while the evidence shows Jesus hates sickness, what He hates more is death.

How do we know this?

Because "Jesus ruined every funeral he ever attended, including His own." (BJ)! When a funeral procession passed Him, He resurrected the dead body, right there in the street (Luke 7). He also raised Jarius' daughter (Luke 8) and Lazarus (John 11). Then He didn't stay in His own grave. Jesus was never around a corpse He didn't resurrect. Therefore, looking at Jesus (the exact representation of God), I must conclude that God hates death.

Indeed, God hates death so much that He provided us a way to eternal life, which is another thing we see from Jesus. John 3:16 says, "For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life."

That is why we can trust God and know He is good. He loves us so much He died for us so that we could live with Him forever.

We have a fallen world where God graciously gave mankind the most precious and perilous gift on the planet -- free will. Plus, we have a supernatural enemy called the "thief," who is bent on killing, stealing and destroying (John 10:10). Put those ingredients together, and bad things are going to happen. But that does not equal God's endorsement. The life of Jesus shows me that. He went through immense suffering to give me the antidote -- eternal life through Him. We are in a fail-proof relationship with Him.

Even if the unthinkable happens and we die in one of those disasters, we open our eyes and see the face of love. Then life really begins! We truly are safe in Him.

Cris Corzine-McCloskey is a licensed clinic social worker and director of Caring Counseling Ministries, 1410 W. Chestnut St. in Marion, which provides counseling from a Biblical perspective; (618) 997-2129.

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