God is good ... all the time - this is something we say all the time. It comes so easily to our lips especially when everything is going well. Everyone in our families is healthy, our needs are being met, so God is good. This is a truth that should be imbedded in our hearts, but things change so quickly and the next thing you know, you're not feeling well, or there were unexpected expenses, or in the big picture you see the world falling apart- can you still say God is good?
Some may question, "If God is so good, why did He allow certain things to happen?" God said that "For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts." (Isaiah 55:8-9) We cannot see into the future which puts us at a disadvantage, so we should surrender to Him who knows the very number of hairs on our head. Many times, when we look back at a difficult time in our lives, what we thought was a disaster turned out to be a blessing because God is good ... all the time - even in times of difficulty.
This verse goes on to remind us that God is a Stronghold in the day of trouble. How comforting it is to call on God in a time of sorrow, to gain strength in a time of weakness, to find hope in a time of despair. He is indeed a Stronghold, a place of defense, a place of strength and security.
We then come to the end of the verse where we are told, "He knows us when we trust Him." God knows when we are putting our trust in Him and when we are not. We are left to our own devices, to run our course and sometimes this is not necessarily the best path to take. Because of our weaknesses we find it difficult to trust the path that God has chosen for us, but rest assured, He is good, faithful, and wise. He reminds us that trusting Him is a place of strength and peace. He knows us and what we need, even though sometimes we feel neglected. Remember, God knows you. He knows your fears. He knows your sorrows. He knows your trials. He knows your loneliness. God is good and He wants you to enter into His stronghold today so He can hold you and keep you as you trust in Him.