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God Is So Good, Why
Do Bad Things Happen to His People?
being justified by faith, we have peace
with God through our Lord Jesus Christ:
 By whom also we have access by faith
into this grace wherein we stand, and
rejoice in hope of the glory of God. 
And not only so, but we glory in tribulations
also: knowing that tribulation worketh
patience;  And patience, experience;
and experience, hope:  And hope maketh
not ashamed; because the love of God is
shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy
Ghost which is given unto us. [KJV]
Sickness, war, accidents, natural disasters,
tragedies; come to all peoples; the just
and the unjust, the believer and the non-believer,
the moral and the immoral. But, if God
is so good and all-powerful, why doesn’t
He just wipe out evil things in this world?
This question often arises after any tragedy.
It is important to remember that God originally
created the world perfect. But He also
gave man the freedom to obey or disobey.
When Adam sinned, death and suffering
became an inevitable part of life.
5:12 Wherefore, as by one
man sin entered into the world, and death
by sin; and so death passed upon all men,
for that all have sinned: [KJV]
someone once said: “It
is idle for us to speculate about the
origin of evil.”
The problem we all face is the fact of
evil. The only solution to the fact of
evil is God’s solution, Jesus Christ.
is Jesus Christ the solution to the fact
of evil? The moment you surrender your
life to Jesus, you enter into the master
plan that God has prepared for you. Although
you may not know what the future holds,
you know Who holds the future. And He
has promised that all things work together
for good to those that love God (Romans
8:28). Not just the good things, but all
says, “Everything serves God’s
plans” (Psalm 119:91). That is easy
for us to say when things are going smoothly.
But when something unexpected comes into
the picture, we may wonder: “Is
God is paying attention? Is He watching?
Does He really know what’s going
when we should consider that God is painting
on a huge canvas. He looks at the big
picture, whereas we only see what’s
in front of us at the particular moment.
God will allow many events to come into
our life . . . good things, bad things,
things that make sense, and some things
that make no sense at all (to us). But
every one of these incidents in our lives
serves only as a part of His plan for
in itself is not good. But, God can take
that tragedy and hardship and use them
for His glory. As God’s children,
we know that everything that happens to
us first goes through His screen of protection.
He will never give us more than we can
handle. 1 Cor. 10:13 There
hath no temptation taken you but such
as is common to man: but God is faithful,
who will not suffer you to be tempted
above that ye are able; but will with
the temptation also make a way to escape,
that ye may be able to bear it. [KJV]
For that reason we can follow the advice
in Romans 5:3 and rejoice. We have the
assurance that God is working in our lives
to strengthen and develop our character.
More important, He will never
leave our side! Any time that
God shuts a door --- He’ll open
a window for us! With Him by our side,
we can bear anything that comes our way!
WHY DO BAD THINGS HAPPEN TO GOOD PEOPLE?
Job 1:1-12 There was a man in the land of Uz, whose name was Job; and that man was perfect and upright, and one that feared God, and eschewed evil. 2 And there were born unto him seven sons and three daughters. 3 His substance also was seven thousand sheep, and three thousand camels, and five hundred yoke of oxen, and five hundred she asses, and a very great household; so that this man was the greatest of all the men of the east. 4 And his sons went and feasted in their houses, every one his day; and sent and called for their three sisters to eat and to drink with them. 5 And it was so, when the days of their feasting were gone about, that Job sent and sanctified them, and rose up early in the morning, and offered burnt offerings according to the number of them all: for Job said, It may be that my sons have sinned, and cursed God in their hearts. Thus did Job continually. 6 Now there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the LORD, and Satan came also among them. 7 And the LORD said unto Satan, Whence comest thou? Then Satan answered the LORD, and said, From going to and fro in the earth, and from walking up and down in it. 8 And the LORD said unto Satan, Hast thou considered my servant Job, that there is none like him in the earth, a perfect and an upright man, one that feareth God, and escheweth evil? 9 Then Satan answered the LORD, and said, Doth Job fear God for nought? 10 Hast not thou made an hedge about him, and about his house, and about all that he hath on every side? thou hast blessed the work of his hands, and his substance is increased in the land. 11 But put forth thine hand now, and touch all that he hath, and he will curse thee to thy face. 12 And the LORD said unto Satan, Behold, all that he hath is in thy power; only upon himself put not forth thine hand. So Satan went forth from the presence of the LORD. (KJV)
There was a time when Satan came before Almighty God and accused this godly man named Job. Satan claimed that the ONLY reason that Job served God was so he could enjoy His blessings . . . and Satan said that IF God stopped blessing Job, Job would no longer serve Him. But since God knows ALL His people, God knew Satan was wrong about Job.
SO . . . God granted that Satan was allowed to afflict Job and his family with many painful circumstances, including natural disasters. Soon afterward, “the fire of God” fell from the heavens (Job 1:16), and “a great wind” (possibly a deadly tornado) caused a house to collapse on his children, killing them (Job 1:19).
Job was heartbroken, but he stood steadfastly and refused to give up his hope in the LORD. Even in the midst of unimaginable grief, he cried out: Job 13:15 Though he slay me, yet will I trust in him: but I will maintain mine own ways before him. (KJV)
This Passage In Job indicates that the devil does have the ability and power over weather, to some extent . . . but ONLY when God grants him permission!
Satan is called:
The prince of this world: (John 12:31; 14:30; 16:11)
The prince of devils: (Mat.12:24)
The prince of the power of the air: (Eph.2:2)
The tempter: (Mat.4:3; 1 Thes.3:5)
The god of this world: (2 cor.4:4)
The wicked one: (Mat.13:19,38)
Satan does have great power and knowledge, BUT he is NOT omnipotent (all-powerful), and he is NOT omniscient (all-knowing) like our awesome Triune God!
Atheists and agnostics claim that the existence of evil in the world proves one of two things:
*****#1. God does NOT exist or
*****#2. He is NOT a GOOD God, for a good God would do something about the problem of evil.
Unbelievers try to cause trouble by pointing to: Isaiah 45:7 I form the light, and create darkness: I make peace, and create evil: I the LORD do all these things. (KJV)
The framework of Isaiah 45:7 makes it clear that something other than “bringing evil into existence” is in mind. The background of this Passage is God rewarding Israel for obedience and punishing Israel for disobedience. God pours out salvation and blessings on those whom He favors . . . and God brings judgment down on those who continue to rebel against Him. Woe unto him that striveth with his Maker (Isa.45:9), that meaning the person to whom God brings “evil” and “disaster.” God hates disobedience and He will bring disaster on those who continue in hard-hearted rebellion against Him.
Unbelievers misinterpret this verse. The LORD is NOT saying that HE creates sin or evil. The Bible makes it perfectly clear that this is impossible. Consider what James says: James 1:13 Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man: (KJV)
Also what John says: 1 John 1:5 This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. (KJV)
The Hebrew word ra (evil) has a wide range of meaning, including: evil, bad, displeasing, sad, hurtful, unkind, distress or calamitous. So the context (the way it is used in Isa.45:7) determines which of those meanings it has in this verse. The LORD uses the word ra (evil) here to mean the opposite of shalom. Shalom means peace, contentment, wholeness, success, completeness and well-being. So “evil,” as used in Isaiah 45, is the opposite of those things. In this context, the Lord is addressing the Persian King Cyrus . . . and He’s telling the king that if the nations acknowledge Him, they will have His peace; and if they do not, He will send them calamity or disaster.
My opinion is that God allowed evil to enter the world, and He has allowed it to continue. It began way back when Lucifer (Satan, the devil) decided he wanted to be God (Isa.14:12-14). Evil will continue its course until Almighty God will finally destroy sin and evil once and for all, at the end of the Millennium (Rev.20).
SO . . . Why do bad things happen to good people? It is my opinion that it all goes back to our awesome God testing His TRUE children. He knows what His TRUE children will do, but He allows bad (evil) things to come our way, like He did to Job, to build, increase and strengthen our faith in Him. Evil has been with us since Lucifer decided that he was not happy with his position, and that he wanted to be God (Isa.14:12-14)!
I believe that God does allow bad things to happen to us, as tests to see IF we will stand firm in our faith in Him. What do YOU do when tempted by the devil? Do you blaspheme and curse God? Or do you humble yourself in prayer and ask that He empower you to withstand what is before you? Job stood FIRM in his FAITH in God! Will you?
HIM in ALL things!
You will NOT be sorry!
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