In my office you’ll find an ancient scroll snatched from the fires of hell (or, perhaps, created by a local artist with some paper and a lighter). That scroll contains the greatest deception of the devil, the lie that lures countless souls away from God: “God’s not good.”
Behind every temptation is the belief that God’s not good, that our Father doesn’t want what’s best, that there’s a better way to live than following his rules. That same lie is peddled every time you’re in pain. “If God was good, he would use his power to cure your cancer and heal your grandson and give you a promotion. Yet here you are suffering again. Maybe God isn’t as good as you thought.” If you’ve ever suffered, and especially if chronic pain is part of your story, I bet you’ve felt the magnetic pull of that thought in your heart.
But James won’t let you be lied to. Jesus’ brother writes, “Don’t be deceived, my dear brothers and sisters. Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows” (James 1:16,17). The unchanging God who is the giver of every good thing in your life must be good. No one that generous could possibly be labeled evil.
And if the perfect gift of a Savior came down from the Father, the devil must be lying to you. God must be good. All the time. Even now. Believe it.