The Universal Goodness of God

Let it Rain?

What is your favorite type of weather? Do you like it sunny and hot? Are you a fan of snow? I know people who prefer both. But I have yet to meet a person who says, “I love the rain.”

I’m sure they are out there, I just haven’t met any yet. And why is that? Because in our modern day, rain means ruin. Rain ruins your picnic. Rain ruins your day at the beach. Heck, if you were hoping for snow to go skiing, but you get rain instead, it ruins that too!

Since I could never see the goodness of rain, I always misunderstood something Jesus taught about the Father. He said, “He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust.” (Matthew 5:45) For the longest time, I thought that to mean God allows good things (like the sun) and bad things (like the rain) to happen to all people.

But after some further study and contemplation, I realized that Jesus was giving this message to an agricultural audience. So when the topic of rain came up, they were not thinking like a modern day suburbanite like myself thinks, “rain ruins everything”.  Instead, they were thinking like a farmer thinks, “rain blesses my crops!”

So Jesus was trying to make a point, “God is good to everyone.” God is good to the righteous farmer by giving him rain and God is equally good to allow the rain to fall on the neighbor farmer’s lot who does not worship God on Sundays (or any day of the week for that matter).

It’s what I call the “universal goodness of God” – the fact that God’s goodness is so expansive that it reaches all people. This truth was one of the amazing discoveries I found when I began to study the words of Jesus to better understand the nature of the Father. This is the premise of my new book, Our Good Father. Every chapter in the book reveals how Jesus wants us to think about God the Father, that he is good.

When it comes to sharing the goodness of God in the world, the heart of the Father is not to only give good gifts to people we think deserve it, or to those who we love the most. The heart of the Father is to lavish the world with his goodness, even to those people who are not yet able to recognize God as the provider. In so doing, we spread the kingdom of our Heavenly Father here on earth as it is in heaven.
Let it rain!

  

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