Just think how God designed an incredible universe of epic proportions, then created a unique little planet – a paradise – with just the right amount of everything needed to keep a person alive and extremely happy. If that wasn’t enough, He planted a garden, created man and woman and just handed the world over to them. That’s kindness!
Peace, paradise, perfection – but unfortunately little clouds of doubt and discontent formed in the hearts and minds of Adam and Eve. Fueled by Satan’s deceptive words, the clouds grew until sin erupted and ruined everything. It’s been stormy ever since.
Clouds still distort our view and lead us to question the kindness of God. Adam and Eve’s own reaction to their disobedience (sin) was fear. Surely God had every right to withdraw his kindness, to obliterate them, kill them forever and forget them. Yet He sought them out.
Even with the consequences of their sin that caused an avalanche of problems which we struggle with to this day, God offered a beautiful solution, a way out, a Savior, a promise of another perfect paradise free to all who accept it, a new Heaven and a new perfect earth. (Genesis 3, Revelation 21)
Perhaps you shake your head at God and don’t believe the Biblical account, don’t even believe in the existence of God, and certainly not of His kindness. Josh McDowell, Lee Strobel, C. S. Lewis, Marvin Olasky and John Newton all felt the same way, then each later became convinced of the truth and kindness of God. Their entire lives and attitudes (and futures) were forever changed. These are just a few examples of how God can change hearts and lives.
People also struggle with the problem of how a good and kind God could allow evil in the world? There is no room here for satisfactory answers, but Randy Alcorn and Erwin Lutzer have addressed those questions well in their books.
King David of the Bible – talk about a stormy life – still declared, ““The LORD is righteous in all His ways and kind in all His deeds.” (Psalm 145:18). He also exclaimed, after a particularly scary event where God rescued him, “Taste and see that the Lord is good, How blessed is the man who takes refuge in Him! (Psalm 34:8)”
Taste and see for yourself. Experience the kindness of God. A good place to look is https://peacewithgod.net/ We also invite you to visit First Baptist Church in downtown Dallas. If miles make that impossible, go to http://icampus.firstdallas.org/ available every Sunday morning at 9:20 and 11 a.m. CT.
God shows his kindness every day in every breath, every breeze, every bird who sings, every sunrise, every sunset. But most of all, God has shown His Kindness in His Son: “But when the kindness of God our Savior and His love for mankind appeared, He saved us, not on the basis of deeds which we have done in righteousness, but according to His mercy,” (Titus 3:4 & 5a).
About the Writer:
Ruthe Turner is thrilled to serve as the Director of Truett Memorial Library of First Baptist Church Dallas. Her passion is to “get good stuff in people’s brains,” helping to fulfill God’s instruction to “Be transformed by the renewing of your mind.” For further information pertaining to the people and their books mentioned in the blog, please feel free to contact Ruthe at truettlibrary.org