From time to time I will hear someone say, “It’s all good.” In my observation, the person quoting this euphemism has just experienced something that either didn’t go as planned, turned out badly, or disappointed in some significant way. In which case, the meaning of the quip is: I’ll cope, we can get through this, or at least nobody was hurt badly.

The truth that Christ-followers can hold onto though is that even when it’s not all good, goodness can still prevail. And that happens because of Christ and His influence in life. No longer does the believer have to put on a brave face in the midst of a crisis, or “buck up and take it like a man.” We will weather storms; we will encounter some situations which can never fall into the “good” category. At the end of the day there is an assurance that, whether the good comes, or the bad, Christ makes of it all a beauty that is really good—and not just a platitude.

 “Truly God is good to Israel, to those who are pure in heart.” Psalm 73:1