Why Do Bad Things Happen To Good People?
That really is a trick question, but more on that later.
The questions arose today:
- Why isn’t God DOING anything?
- I pray. And live as good a life as I can, and don’t see God answering any prayers or doing anything. Why?
- Why aren’t my enemies either saved or destroyed/removed?
- Why do good things happen to bad people?
- Why do bad things happen to good people?
- Is it because we misunderstand God’s Word/Promises?
- Is it because God is not all-powerful? or doesn’t love me/us?
This edition of “Leading The Charge” will address and answer those.
Get ready…no sugar-coating. No soft-soaping. No watering-down. Just The Truth, plain, simple, clear…and sometimes…hard.
Defining who is good and who is bad.
- First, WE don’t determine this at all-ever. God already has in HIS Holy Word, The Bible.
- In reality, there is NONE good, NONE righteous, no, NOT ONE. There was ONLY ONE who IS eternally and intrinsically good, The Lord Jesus Christ, and he was mocked, ridiculed, scorned, plotted against, falsely arrested, wrongly charged, and then tortured and crucified for your and my sins. BUT through faith in the completed work of The Lord Jesus Christ we are A) made new creatures, B) made the righteousness of God in Christ, C) called out of darkness/into HIS marvelous light, D) NO longer under condemnation, and E) NOW HAVE THE VICTORY THROUGH JESUS CHRIST OUT LORD.
- The bad are ALL those NOT born again via faith in Christ Jesus.
Biblical Examples of Bad Things Happening to Good People.
- Cain murdered his brother, Abel, who God calls Righteous.
- Joseph’s brother’s sold him into slavery. Potipher’s wife lied Joseph into prison. The Bible says Joseph was a man of God, a man of great faith.
- Job. GOD calls Job righteous and just. But allowed Job’s faith and patience to be tried and tested by Satan himself.
- David the little shepherd boy was hunted relentlessly by Saul. David had done no wrong, and had actually obeyed God, honored Saul, and played music for him.
- Stephen, the 1st Christian martyr of the New Testament, was a servant and man of God. Fully in humbled service to God. And was unjustly stoned to death.
David’s Biblical Complaint About Good Things Happening To The Wicked.
Psalm 73 King James Version (KJV)
73 Truly God is good to Israel, even to such as are of a clean heart.
2 But as for me, my feet were almost gone; my steps had well nigh slipped.
3 For I was envious at the foolish, when I saw the prosperity of the wicked.
4 For there are no bands in their death: but their strength is firm.
5 They are not in trouble as other men; neither are they plagued like other men.
6 Therefore pride compasseth them about as a chain; violence covereth them as a garment.
7 Their eyes stand out with fatness: they have more than heart could wish.
8 They are corrupt, and speak wickedly concerning oppression: they speak loftily.
9 They set their mouth against the heavens, and their tongue walketh through the earth.
10 Therefore his people return hither: and waters of a full cup are wrung out to them.
11 And they say, How doth God know? and is there knowledge in the most High?
12 Behold, these are the ungodly, who prosper in the world; they increase in riches.
13 Verily I have cleansed my heart in vain, and washed my hands in innocency.
14 For all the day long have I been plagued, and chastened every morning.
15 If I say, I will speak thus; behold, I should offend against the generation of thy children.
16 When I thought to know this, it was too painful for me;
17 Until I went into the sanctuary of God; then understood I their end.
18 Surely thou didst set them in slippery places: thou castedst them down into destruction.
19 How are they brought into desolation, as in a moment! they are utterly consumed with terrors.
20 As a dream when one awaketh; so, O Lord, when thou awakest, thou shalt despise their image.
21 Thus my heart was grieved, and I was pricked in my reins.
22 So foolish was I, and ignorant: I was as a beast before thee.
23 Nevertheless I am continually with thee: thou hast holden me by my right hand.
24 Thou shalt guide me with thy counsel, and afterward receive me to glory.
25 Whom have I in heaven but thee? and there is none upon earth that I desire beside thee.
26 My flesh and my heart faileth: but God is the strength of my heart, and my portion for ever.
27 For, lo, they that are far from thee shall perish: thou hast destroyed all them that go a whoring from thee.
28 But it is good for me to draw near to God: I have put my trust in the Lord God, that I may declare all thy works.
Let’s examine David’s complaint and the revelation that God gave David IN the House of the Lord.
- David went to God with an HONEST complaint of what he saw, heard and perceived.
- He saw the wicked prospering.
- While he and other righteous struggled.
- God heard David out.
- It was NOT until David went into The House of The Lord that he saw that God had set the wicked in slippery places.
What Can WE Learn From David’s Complaint.
- Sometimes OUR understanding and perception of things is wrong.
- We ARE finite. Limited. Fallen. Even as born again believers we still live in a fallen body and a fallen world.
- GOD sees, knows, understands ALL. AND understands it before it happens.
- When WE are faithful to God, trust God, commit it ALL to God, casting ALL our care on HIM HE WILL A) REVEAL WHAT IS TRULY GOING ON, B) GIVE US PEACE THAT HE IS IN CONTROL.
Basic Biblical Principles To Keep In Mind.
- God is a God of Love. He wants us to serve, follow and obey Him BECAUSE we LOVE Him and CHOOSE to serve, follow, and obey HIM. Force, coercion, is NOT love.
- God created each of us with a Free Will.
- God will NEVER violate our free will. NEVER.
- I can pray for someone else to become a Christian/to give their heart to The Lord Jesus Christ. My will wants them saved. God’s will is to save them. But countless billions will still go to hell. Why? Their Free Will Choice. Choose the Lord Jesus and LIVE. Reject HIM and be damned. I’ve prayed since August, 1976 for my brother “Robert” to get saved. He has NOT yet. Why? Because, for now, he still has a choice, and he’s choosing to rebel.
- BUT there IS coming a day when every knee shall bow and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ IS Lord to the glory of God The Father.
It is NEVER God’s fault if we or any other of mankind fails/sins.
God Always answers prayer.
Sometimes the answer is yes. Sometimes no. Sometimes wait awhile.
Often we don’t hear from God because we aren’t listening, we’re to busy worrying, fretting, stewing and blaming…when what God wants us to do is trust HIM completely, cast ALL our care on HIM, and LEAVE IT THERE.
It rains on the just and the unjust alike…leave the sorting out business to God…just trust and obey HIM.
-Rev. Larry Wallenmeyer.