Amongst very wonderful things, most unfortunate events, sickness, misfortune, and stuff happened to me the last few years…it left me with questions and answers. Yes, we can write volumes of books telling what happened to us in the past. Paul wrote in 2 Corinthians 11:23-29 about horrendous things he experienced. He was a good man, why did that happen? We all want to know why God allows things to happen, especially to those who do not deserve it.
Typically when something bad happens we are quick to blame God for the things that are going on in our lives. We assume that God did all this to us. I think it is important to be careful to remember that God does not do things to us; he only allows things to happen to us. When God allows things to happen, He has good reasons for that. Sometimes it is obvious what the reasons are, and sometimes not.
Sometimes God allows bad things to happen to His children to strengthen our faith – Romans 5:3-4. The times in which we grow and learn the most about God is during our trials and hardships. Job became mature in his faith after all his suffering. Through Paul’s hardships and difficulties he grew to understand God in a greater way.
Sometimes God allows things to happen to us to strengthen our faith and to produce character in our lives. The Hebrews writer reminds us that God only disciplines those that he loves. Sometimes the bad things that we may hate so much might serve as a way to force us to depend totally on God and to be strengthened in our faith.
In John 9:1-3 we read about a man who was born blind, not because of sin, but so that God could show his power through Jesus. Jesus teaches that bad things happen to people, sometimes just because of the world that we live in. There is not always a reason for the things that are going on in our lives, we must remember we are all a part of the world, and the rain does fall on the righteous and the wicked. We all have to face the problems of this world no matter how righteous we are. Many people seem to believe that if you are a Christian than you will be blessed with good health and a lot of money. This is a promise that Jesus did not make. He assured his disciples that in the world they would have trouble, he reminded them about difficulties to come, and he encouraged them to stay faithful to God because they lived in a fallen world.
Job is a good example of a good man who lost everything. Why would God let such bad things happen to such a good person? This is the question that Job and his friends asked of God. If you remember Job’s friends and his wife all said that Job must have done some great sin to have to deal with all these horrible things going on. Job lost everything. His friends begged him to repent, his wife begged him to just curse God and die. Everyone wanted to blame God for what was going on in Job’s life, but what Job and his friends did not know was that Satan was responsible for some of the things going on – Job 1:6-12. Many times we want to blame God for the bad things that happen, and we wonder why God puts us through such things, but we forget there is another force at work in this world; Satan. Satan’s ultimate goal is to get us to doubt and lose our trust and hope in God. Satan tried this with Job, but he could not get Job to give in. Satan wants with all his being to separate us from God. Satan is real and active, in this world and is trying to destroy us, tempt us, and pull us away from God. Many people seem to loose their faith in God because they blame God for things that take place, but God is not to blame.
Let us look up to God, trust Him again in our suffering. Know that God loves you and wants you to know that He cares.
“…in all things God works for the good of those who love him…” Romans 8:28