Suffering

Why Do Bad Things Happen To Good People?

You hear a lot of people ask why God allows for good people to suffer. They ask, “Why me?”, “How could God allow this/that?”, “Why would that/this happen to such a good person?” “Why is God allowing for this to happen?”. The suffering could be either death of a child or loved one, harassment/abuse, relationship issues, financial issues, job loss, bombings, wars, famine and drought, weather disasters, being homeless and unprivileged in the community, or anything else a person would consider suffering/bad.

Before we go any further, I want to share that there are no good people in this world, no, not one (Eccl 7:20, Rom 3:10-20). We’re all sinners. There’s no one who’s totally good and doesn’t sin. We have all sinned and fallen short of God’s glory (Rom 3:23). If anyone is to say that they do NOT sin, they are literally calling God a liar, deceiving themselves, plus the truth (God’s word) isn’t in them (1 John 1:8-10). However, if we do admit that we have sinned and confess our sins, God is faithful, merciful, loving and true to His promises, so we will be forgiven, justified and made righteous by His grace, which is through the redemption of Christ Jesus (Rom 3:24).

The truth is, we all suffer one way or another; and sometimes bad things happen to us all. Even Christ Himself suffered for us, and yet He was the most Holy! God did not spare His own Son when He went through temptation, torment, the curses and talk from people, and above all, the crucifixion; BUT, God was with Him the whole entire time, strengthened Him, and delivered Him for us all; and He’s now seated at the right hand of God. It was all for a purpose, which is, redemption. Another example is Job in the Bible. He was blameless, upright, feared God and shunned evil, and yet he suffered greatly and still remained faithful in that season. He lost everything you can think of- his money, family, health, property, friends, and all his possessions. God allowed for it to happen (Job 2:6), but it was all for His glory. At the end of Job’s sufferings, God blessed his latter days even twice more than his beginning and restored all his fortunes. There are many other examples in the Bible of people who suffered and went through even worse than we face today, but because of their faith in God, there were tremendous blessings awaiting them at the end of those trials. But for some others who didn’t stand ground or rely on God, bad things happened.

We all suffer for a reason, and whether we know that reason or not, we just need to be patient in that season, rejoice in hope for a better tomorrow, and continue steadfastly in prayer (Rom 12:12), and above all, remain faithful to Him. If we’re not faithful in those trying times and just give up, we might miss out on huge blessings or miracles! I know it’s easier to say it than do it, but we can do all things through Christ who strengthens us (Phil 4:13). God is with us in the midst of our suffering and brings restoration. We must remain faithful to Him and hold firmly on His word. Yes, there’s a lot of faith, patience and trust required when serving God. He loves us, and NOTHING at all can separate us from the love He has for us. If God is for us, who can be against us?! Even if all those things come our way and confuse us or try to knock us down, we have faith in Christ Jesus! And so, let’s wear those armors of God, the shield of faith, so we may put out all the burning arrows shot by the evil one, like: doubt, fear, worry, depression, sickness, etc. etc!

Romans 8:35-39

35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? 36 As it is written:

            “For Your sake we are killed all day long;

             We are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.”[a]

37 Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. 38 For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, 39 nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

God Loves YOU!

-Em Jacqui-

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