Why Do Bad Things Happen to Good People?

And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.   Romans 8:28

Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.    Proverbs 3:4-5

Death, disease, divorce.

Pain, problems, the pit of despair.

Loss, limping, the lack of the good stuff.

It is hard to look at all this without it affecting our walk with Jesus. Have you found yourself lately asking, God, why did this happen to me? Maybe you even went so far as to start building a case against God: I’m a good person, I’m involved in church, I don’t do (illegal drugs, murder, lie, cheat), I work hard at home, school, the office, on the road. Why does God allow bad things to happen to good people? Seeing all the pain and problems can easily distract or even derail our faith.

Do you ever wonder if you are seeing things the way God wants you to? Who are the good people? The Bible says all of us have sinned and fallen short, meaning we have all missed the mark (Romans 3:23). Not a single person in history has lived a perfectly good life other than Christ. Since all of mankind possesses a nature far from God, our world is sadly broken. A broken world spins, and the frazzle and fray of it touches everyone. Good people, bad people, totally innocent, totally guilty—all are touched by imperfection and lack of holiness in mankind.

But why does God allow good things to happen to bad people? The Psalms are full of David asking God why his enemies prospered. Many times we think, If I do all the right things, then God will bless me, and good things will happen to me. However, the Bible neither records history that way nor does God ever promise that. In fact, history records that those who walked closest to Jesus, those who carried the faith and built the church passing it down to us, were persecuted, exiled, and killed. Many died poor, alone and without any thought of fame or fortune.

What does God promise us? Love unconditionally. He promises to be with us at all times, to never forsake us, to never turn His back on us. He will provide for our needs and also give us grace sufficient to get us through all circumstances. We will not have all the answers and understanding this side of heaven, but we can trust the Almighty God who is orchestrating all of heaven and earth for our good.  He is worthy of our trust today no matter what the circumstance look like.

Today’s Prayer: Lord, thank You for not giving me what I deserve, but rather giving me what I could never earn—Your grace, Your Spirit’s presence and the promise of Your forever presence. Help me to see today’s circumstances from Your perspective. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Chris Stull

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