I am not sure the first time I heard the saying, “God is good all the time and all the time God is good.” Recently, I have been thinking about these words, and they have become even more meaningful to me. May I share with you some of the ways I have been using this phrase and how it has helped me?
God Is Faithful, All the Time—All the Time, God Is Faithful
Throughout the Bible, there is the assurance that we can trust every promise, every assurance and every word God has said. For example, when God promised to protect us from being tempted above that which we are able to bear and then promised to provide a way of escape in every temptation, it is tied to the words, “God is faithful” (1 Cor. 10:13). You can trust God because it is impossible for Him to lie (Tit. 1:2). You can always trust God.
God Is Merciful, All the Time—All the Time, God Is Merciful
Think about these words from Moses: “Therefore know that the Lord your God, He is God, the faithful God who keeps covenant for a thousand generations with those who love Him and keep His commandments” (Deut. 7:9). How long is a thousand generations? If we think of a generation being thirty years, then God’s mercy is always here—even for 30,000 years! To sense the magnitude of this poetic expression of a thousand generations, remember that from Adam to the birth of Jesus there are only sixty generations! All the time, God is merciful.
God Is _______ All the Time—All the Time, God Is _______
As you deal with situations in your life, fill in the blanks above with your own thoughts about any of the attributes of God. God is holy, pure, gracious, good, compassionate, loving, caring, listening, forgiving, almighty, knowing, present, near, watching, helping, etc. The list is endless because there is no exception to His abiding nature. His eyes are always over us, and His ears are always open. His arms are always outstretched. They embrace us, and His tender hands caress us. While He has the whole world in His hands, the truth is that He has me and you individually in His hands, even when in those darkest hours we forget it.
The attributes of God are not finite and capable of being limited by time. They cannot be limited by any measurement. God is infinite and every attribute of His nature is infinite. We speak of the fact that God is omniscient (all-knowing), that He is omnipotent (all-powerful), and omnipresent (always present in every place). Every attribute of God is timeless. He never changes for He cannot be limited. So, when you read of the God of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, and all those in the Bible, add your name to that list, for God is always God!