Jesus said, Is it not lawful for me to do what I wish with my own things? Or is your eye evil because I am good? (Matthew 20:15).
When God acts out of His goodness, sometimes we protest. We deem ourselves to be all-knowing, and thus the arbiters of what is right and wrong, good and bad, and appropriate for God to do and to be. Because our great-great-great grandparents, Adam and Eve, ate from the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, we believe that we rightly know the difference between good and evil, and sometimes we decide that God’s goodness is everything but “good.”
To the farmer, a heavy rain in early Spring is a blessing; to the man wanting to hold a picnic, that rain is bad. To the man in a drought-stricken region, the rain is life; to the man in an already wet place, the added rain is a muddy curse.
Are the acts of God either good or bad depending on who receives them and how we receive them? Is His goodness determined by us? or are all the things which God gives and does, only and always good, but it’s our sin-confused perceptions that are misguided? Faith leads us to believe that all God does is good, even when we think or feel otherwise.
Oh, taste and see that the LORD is good; blessed is the man who trusts in Him! (Psalm 34:8).