“For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways,” says 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.
It is a question that goes back as far as time itself. If God loves us so much, why does he allow bad things to happen to us? Why is there such dysfunction in the world? It is a question that has derailed many believers who sadly never came back to the truth. Bad things happen to good people in this world and we ask why God? Why?
In examining why good people suffer, which is the core of the why, question we must remember that this broken world and the sin that it pervades it is no respecter of persons.
that you may be sons of your Father in heaven; for He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust.
In short, the reason bad things happen is sin. The world is broken, damaged and sinful. Because of this darkness, bad things happen. Unfortunately there is no protection for us from the bad things in this world. Sin is here therefor darkness is here ergo bad things happen to all people.
There is no sadder place to be then a funeral for a nonbeliever. The funeral consist of songs and remembrances, it is often times not held in a church but in a funeral home. There are vague references to the after life and how whom ever it is is living it up with the man upstairs. When you look into the faces of those who knew the deceased; family members, close friends and the like, the depth of sadness, of finality is overwhelming. The reason is simple. The nonbeliever has no hope. It has been said that Human beings can live for forty days without food, four days without water, and four minutes without air. But we cannot live for four seconds without hope.
A Christian has hope; the hope of eternity with Christ as well as the knowledge that God is always with us.
So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
I can hear some of you now, “that’s all well and good,” you say. ” But why doesn’t God just wipe sin out? After all, if sin is the issue and God is all powerful; then why not wipe it out?”
The short answer is: wiping sin out means wiping us out. After disobeyed God (Genesis 3) Adam and Eve were exiled from the garden and sent out into the world. They had been separated from God by their sin, they were sinners. Because 0f this, every child they bore was born in sin, an imperfect being separated from God.
[ Cain Murders Abel ] Now Adam knew Eve his wife, and she conceived and bore Cain, and said, “I have acquired a man from the Lord.” Then she bore again, this time his brother Abel.
It is clear that our nature is sinful. Paul says in Romans 5:8 that all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God. If that isn’t humbling enough; the thought that all by ourselves we are a train wreck we do have the devil to consider.
Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.
In the final analysis, the world is a dark, dismal, and sometimes scary place.However, as I said earlier, Christians have hope. We have hope because rather than wipe us out God sent His only Son to wipe out sin. Jesus Christ hung on a cross and paid the price that was ours to bear. His blood, sinless blood was shed not as a covering for sin but as a cleansing – one time for all time.
Isaiah 1:18 [Full Chapter]“Come now, and let us reason together,” Says the Lord, “Though your sins are like scarlet, They shall be as white as snow; Though they are red like crimson, They shall be as wool.
While it is true that bad things still happen to good people, believers have a companion who knows what it is to suffer, to be alone, and to be forsaken. It has been said before and I will echo it here, ” I would rather go through a storm with Jesus then go through life without Him.”
God is in charge and He has a plan for each of us. We are His children and He loves us with a love that we cannot comprehend. His is in charge and He will never leave you.
And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.
Grace & Peace,