Psalm 145:9 “The LORD is good to all; he has compassion on all he has made.”
The Lord is good to all. And all means all. There is no one that can say that God hasn’t been good to them. They might not see it. They might not accept that it is from God. They might not feel like God has been good to them. But He has. He is good to all.
I know some of us are struggling right now with being able to see God’s goodness in their lives. How can things be going so wrong if God is being good to me? How can I feel so terrible and believe that God is still being good to me? How can everything be falling apart and the Lord be good to me at the same time? I just don’t feel that you are being very good to me right now. Yet the Word says, the Lord is good to all.
It’s all about perspective. M. C. Escher was a master of perspective. His drawings are famous for making what is impossible seem possible because of perspective. Thomas Edison took 10,000 tries to invent the light bulb. Failure after failure from our perspective. But from his, “I haven’t failed, I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” The same is true in our lives. From our perspective we may look around and only see failures, mistakes, and brokenness. We may be filled with disappointment after disappointment, hurt piled upon more hurt. And in this place it can get dark and lonely and hopeless. But from God’s perspective it’s a totally different story. He looks at you and sees His creation. He looks on you with compassion. He longs to heal your every hurt. He sees the person that He created you to be. He sees the plans that He has for you. As the words of the Matthew West song, Mended, say it.
When you see broken beyond repair
I see healing beyond belief
When you see too far gone
I see one step away from home
When you see nothing but damaged goods
I see something good in the making
I’m not finished yet
When you see wounded, I see mended