In my last post, I looked at how sin and rebellion came into the world and how that affects the world through moral and natural evils. Today, in this second part of this study, I would like to look at why bad things happen to good people- specifically, God’s people… those who are born-again.
The bible teaches that man is universally evil… for we read in Romans 3:9-10… What then? Are we better than they? Not at all; for we have already charged that both Jews and Greeks are all under sin; as it is written, “THERE IS NONE RIGHTEOUS, NOT EVEN ONE… so, we understand that we are all under the curse of sin and rebellion.
So, perhaps a better question would be… why does God allow good things to happen to bad people? Romans 5: 8 tells us… But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Because of God’s great love for humanity… He paid our sin penalty on the cross… and by that sacrifice, whomsoever trust in Jesus as Savior is made “righteous” or rather have “right standing” before God. So, that’s why good things happen in the world… not because we deserve it, but rather because God is good.
But still, we live in a fallen world… so, seemingly “bad things” happen to Christians… but, there are reasons for this. That’s what we’ll now look at:
- Sometimes these things happen in a Christians life as a result of bad choices. Galatians 6:7-8… Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, this he will also reap. For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life. “Cheap Grace” and “Freedom” can deceive… remember, we are free from sinning, not free to sin.
- Sometimes it is a corrective action from God. Hebrews 12:6… FOR THOSE WHOM THE LORD LOVES HE DISCIPLINES, AND HE SCOURGES EVERY SON WHOM HE RECEIVES.
- Sometimes it is for the persecution of our faith. 2 Timothy 3:12… Indeed, all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will be persecuted.
- Sometimes bad things happen to reveal areas in our lives that need to be removed and refined. 1 Peter 1:6-7… In this you greatly rejoice, even though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been distressed by various trials, so that the proof of your faith, being more precious than gold which is perishable, even though tested by fire, may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ;
- There are times when difficulties come that are to prepare us to minister to others in a future similar situation… 2 Corinthians 1:3-4… Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction so that we will be able to comfort those who are in any affliction with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.
So, there are many reasons “bad things” happen in our lives as Christians… but our attitude towards them should be different from that of society. Instead of being disheartened by them, we should look to see what God is doing in the midst of them… as we are told in: James 1:2-4, Philippians 3:12-14. I hope this helps you to understand these things a little better.