I’ve been seeing people use the hashtag on Facebook and Twitter #godisgood. And that’s true. And I love seeing people recognize that fact. The problem is, it’s almost always in response to obvious blessings. I’ve yet to see someone use that hashtag at the end of a tweet or status update saying something like, “Just received the oncology report. I have cancer. #godisgood”
Yet we see the psalmists in Scripture doing the equivalent of that. In one of my favorite messianic psalms, Psalm 22, the writer (and ultimately Christ) lays out his plea of desperation:
My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? Why are you so far from saving me, from the words of my groaning? O my God, I cry by day, but you do not answer, and by night, but I find no rest. (vv. 1,2)
And then, the hashtag
Yet you are holy, enthroned on the praises of Israel. In you our fathers trusted; they trusted, and you delivered them. To you they cried and were rescued; in you they trusted and were not put to shame. (vv. 3-5)
It’s alright to air our grievances to the Lord. It would in fact do us no good to keep those complaints bottled up, because he knows the thoughts of our hearts. Instead, like the psalmist, let us be reminded of God’s faithfulness.
Each time we suffer sickness or pain or loss, be reminded that while we live in a sinful, fallen world, we have hope. Not some ethereal, amorphous, wishful kind of hope. But an actual, living hope in Christ. Because He lives, we know we will live. He promised he would come to redeem us, and He did. And then He promised He would come again to restore all things unto Himself. And He will.
But we do not want you to be uninformed, brothers, about those who are asleep, that you may not grieve as others do who have no hope. For since we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so, through Jesus, God will bring with him those who have fallen asleep. For this we declare to you by a word from the Lord, that we who are alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord, will not precede those who have fallen asleep. For the Lord himself will descend from heaven with a cry of command, with the voice of an archangel, and with the sound of the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive, who are left, will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we will always be with the Lord. Therefore encourage one another with these words.
(1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 ESV)