Why do bad things happen to good people? This is one common question most people out there love to ask and for some strange reasons it always seems to be directed towards an unknown force which people often say is responsible for things that happen here on earth. This unknown force represents the creator of the universe-God. The general assumption usually held is that being the creator of the universe and bearing such incredible qualities of being kind, loving, patient, merciful among others, why would God decide to allow certain things happen to the people here on earth who happen to obey his words, going diligently according to his will and ways. It could be quite difficult in understanding as even most Christians tend to ponder over this question time and again, hoping and praying to find answers. But today we are going to get talking about all of that. It’s really not that difficult in getting to understand certain occurrences that take place in our daily lives as Christians. Maybe we might not be inclined spiritually in understanding some of these things and in seeking further answers to satisfy our curiosity tend to lay the blame on God. But the thing is, if we try harder in seeking direction and guidance from God using his word and understanding some of the reasons why certain things happen to us, our lives instantly gets a boost….a turnaround if you’d like to call it that that places us in a much better position of not blaming God all the time though he’s been genuinely good and loving in our lives.
Day in and day out of our lives we are all confronted with varied problems, some of which may seem often at times unfair in facing owing to the fact that we believe as Christians we need not suffer such fates. Quite intense could be our hardships that we may resolve to question God and needing answers in return. But there’s one thing we seem to forget in all this….the word of God! When do we pause to take into account the words of the scriptures with regards to our living as Christians? Sometimes we are quick in judging God for the trials and tribulations faced as Christians. To us, suffering does not exist in living as Christians and as such we tend to question why bad things happen to us, being the good followers and people that we are. No one can really get an absolute answer to why good people often go through the hurtful stuff in this world and are faced with all of the negatives that arise in effect, but one thing I do know for certain is that all of these happen just so we may get to see the glory of God being displayed. We face all these just so the scriptures can be fulfilled. He said in his words that everything that happens to us, happens for a reason and according to his plans (Romans 8:28). Though sin exists in the world and we all may be affected by its resultant effects, good people are not left out. Some may not cheat in life, lie, steal, backbite, murder, envy or even treat others in a bad way but however the case, the bible makes us understand that we all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God…Romans 3:23. Christianity is not an all rosy path in following I tell you if really one is determined to serve the lord and honor his word diligently; no one ever said it was going to be easy. Persecutions and tribulations will emerge come what may, and the scriptures even testify to this… 1 Peter 4:12 – 4:13 (kjv)‘ Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you: joy’. That is what Christianity is about. It’s not all about living the good life and enjoying all the time.
Christ came to die for our sins, for our sake he was persecuted, assaulted and humiliated. But in all this, he counted it all joy. He never backed down nor claim to be too good to bear all of that pain. He handled it and in the end, we were saved. He paid a price in order to set us free. He was good too, wasn’t he? Sure he was, but look at all that he went through. We need to learn from that. All who choose to follow Christ and be by his side no matter what, must be prepared to go through any and everything just so they can be faithful and obedient in service (2 Timothy 3:12 – ‘Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution’ . Being a Christian is about being faithful even in the worst of times and situations to God. In good, the bad or ugly, your faith and trust in the lord should hold grounds and must never waver. For if you serve him diligently and sincerely, he will turn all your gloomy days around and bless you for being faithful. So many can be your afflictions and torments in life as a Christian or good person, but when the lord comes into the scene, he salvages the situation and brings the storm to a calm (Psalms 34:19 – Many [are] the afflictions of the righteous: but the LORD delivereth him out of them all. Patience is a virtue we all need to have and keep as Christians. Without this, how can we truly stand firm in the lord when trying times come? Will we be able to still thank the lord each and every day of our lives though we face trials when we don’t have any form of patience? Is it possible? I truly don’t think so. The best quality of a Christian to me is the exhibition of genuine faith, hope and trust in Christ through patience and perseverance. The one true thing that keeps it all together is the GRACE of God! The grace has been made sufficient for all of us such that even though we were born out of sin, we have been made new and purified by the shedding of the blood on the cross of Calvary. By the bloodshed, we all can boast of being saved and set free.
Good people may suffer ill fates while choosing to serve the lord or not, but it’s really not because of one’s actions or inactions that attract bad or negative things into happening. I believe that bad things happen generally to everybody no matter how you look at it. Maybe we just seem not to get why Christians too have to suffer or go through seemingly hurtful fates. But in all this, it’s just for one reason I tell you. Just so the glory of God can prevail. We will pass through tough times…, very tough times. But he promised us in his words to always be by our side no matter what. He said that no matter the tribulation and persecution faced by the righteous, he will deliver them from all these. I tell you people, if we place the lord above all that we do in our lives and truly devote ourselves in serving him despite the situations we face, we will emerge as victors. No one ever goes to the father and comes back disappointed. I haven’t heard of such a testimony yet. Have you?
Written by: chantelle Iris Nunoo.