At some point we all stand at this intersection and ask this question: Is God good when the outcome is not?  The definitive answer to the goodness of God comes in the person of Jesus Christ.  He’s the only picture of God ever taken.  He pressed his fingers into the sore of the leper.  He inclined his ear to the cry of the hungry.  He didn’t retreat at the sight of pain, just the opposite.  Cruel accusations of jealous men?  Jesus knows their sting.

Is it possible that the wonder of heaven will make the most difficult life a good bargain?  This was Paul’s opinion.  He said, “Our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all” (2 Corinthians 4:17).  Your pain won’t last forever, my friend, but you will.  And whatever we go through now is less than nothing compared with the magnificent future God has planned for us.  You’ll get through this!  God is good, even when the outcome is difficult.