Why Bad Things Happen To Good People

Have you ever found yourself wondering why unfortunate circumstances have come your way? The loss of a job, death of a loved one, infertility, and abuse, are just a few examples of things that we may deem to be unfair that happen to us. So is there a reason why bad things happen to good people? This is a question I’ve not only asked myself, but I’ve asked God several times.

Really, if you are living right morally, love God, treat others how you want to be treated, you shouldn’t have to suffer in doing what is good right? Wrong. Why is it that we think just because we are a good person we should be exempt from trouble? Last time I checked, there is nothing in the bible that states that trials are only reserved for those who live a less than godly life. What I have found is that the One perfect person who walked this earth doing nothing but good, is the One who suffered the most.

So why do people who do good have to suffer?

 

The primary reason for suffering is to bring us all closer to Christ. After all, if everything in our life was perfect and went according to our plan, why would we need God? Honestly, it wasn’t until I faced trials that I truly began to seek a relationship with Him. It’s funny how when you don’t make time for God in the good times, you end up giving Him all your time in the bad. “But if God is so good, why would He allow bad things to happen to us?” If Jesus Christ himself had to go through people mocking, betraying, beating, and ultimately killing Him, who are we to go through life without suffering? Christ walked this earth without committing a sin yet He was hung to a cross. Now I’m not a math expert but that doesn’t add up to me, because it is not fair.  The One who was sinless took upon sin for the sinful. Would any of you volunteer to be tortured in order to save the soul of a stranger? Somehow I think majority would say no.

 

If we try to compare our sufferings to that of Christ, we will look like that picture of Mel Gibson sitting next to an actor playing a bloody and beaten Jesus. We can’t compare our trials to the One who gave His life for us. Each time we would loose. Yes it hurt when that loved one passed. Of course it’s devastating when you find out you can’t conceive. The pain is unbearable when that relationship you were in did not work out. I’m not disqualifying any of these emotions but what I am saying is that in comparison, where does it line up? If God gave Jesus the strength to be humiliated, stripped of His dignity and killed, don’t you think that He would do the same for us?

Shouldn’t Christians strive to be more like Jesus?

 

 In order for that to happen, we must take on some similar issues He had to deal with during His short lifetime. Trials come to make us strong if we do not give up. Yes there will be weary days and God never said that life would be easy. But in the midst of suffering, we cannot lean on our own understanding. We must trust that God is smarter than us and knows what’s best even if we have to hurt in the process.

The enemy targets those who do good, yet have to suffer, in order to try and pull them away from God. If you find yourself pulling away from God because of what you had or currently having to endure, I challenge you to go against the grain. Tell the Lord that though you don’t understand, you will trust His plan for your life.

If the pain seems to be too much to bear, let it be known to God. When you feel all hope is gone, tell Him that too. Talk to God about all that concern you and He will help you. No matter what stage you are in with your walk with Christ, He is always available and never too far to hear your cries. Fight the urge to grow weary in doing what is right. In due season, you will reap the good that you have sown.
 

                                                                                                                          In Relentless Pursuit,

                                                                                                                              Brandi Michelle

   

 So if you are suffering in a manner that pleases God, keep on doing what is right, and trust your lives to the God who created you, for He will never fail you.” 1 Peter 4:19 NLT’

 

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