When bad things happen to us, what’s the deal, where is God?
7 June 2011
I really felt called to write this.
I hope this sheds some light for you and helps you. Please feel free to ask me stuff whenever you need to.
This verse came up in my daily reading yesterday:
1 Peter 4: 12 “Beloved, do not try think it’s strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing has happened to you.”
If you have a bible read the whole passage: 1 Peter 4: 12 – 19
And then there is another potent verse in: Romans 8: 28
“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him and who have been called according to his purpose.”
I will explain the verses soon. Here are some more:
Romans 8: 18-23: “I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us. The creation waits in eager expectation for the sons of God to be revealed. For the creation was subjected to frustration… we know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth…”
And then 2 Corinthians 4: 7 – 12
“7 But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us. 8 We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; 9 persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed. 10 We always carry around in our body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be revealed in our body. 11 For we who are alive are always being given over to death for Jesus’ sake, so that his life may also be revealed in our mortal body. 12 So then, death is at work in us, but life is at work in you.”
So that is a whole lot of verses. Now I want to explain them a bit and share my thoughts.
After my years of following Jesus and getting to know God this is what I have come to believe. I am still discovering and figuring out, but my Father God is good. He reveals stuff to me and teaches me things like any decent father would to a child.
I want to start with suggesting that maybe people get to caught up on the things they don’t know about God and not the things we do know about Him.
We know He made this world.
We know there is purpose and joy in Him.
We know that all the crap things we do, He can forgive us of that.
We know that He is essentially Love.
I know that I can trust Him
And on these things and many others, I cling to… when I get to difficult questions about life and God and things inbetween.
Firstly God loves us so much that He gives us choice to follow Him.
What is life about?
Well I think we see it in many people (from many other religions to even atheists and scientists), people are trying to find their source? Where do we come from?
Life is about getting back to that Source. We as Christians are trying to get to God. But we can’t do that on our own. God makes a way. He sends His son. First in human form to show us what life in Him looks like? Then He takes away our punishment for our sin.
(That is the law of life! There are consequences to our actions. Everyone knows that. It’s built in us.)
Anyway… so we as humans have the choice to follow God.
We can choose to listen to Him or not
We choose to do good or bad.
We choose to do selfish things or do things that consider others.
So a lot of bad things that happen to us (people want to tend to blame God), but who created the pain, who made the wrong choice?
If God forced our hand, then we’d not have the freedom of choice.
Because to love Him needs to be a FREE choice, right?
So when something bad happens to us.
Is it God’s fault? No way.
But according to the scriptures we read above, the Romans 8: 28 one, God can work some good from the situation.
So in bad times… all is not lost.
God will bring some good out of it. What? It depends on the person and what God is trying to do with the life yielded to Him?
Maybe Character building? Maybe drawing one closer to Himself? Maybe revealing some truth to someone, who knows… but God can bring good.
I heard this speaker once talk of how he can’t answer the “why question” to suffering but creatively we can change the question around and ask “what now?”
That is a far healthier and productive question to ask?
Why do we suffer? That’s difficult to answer at times.
But what now? How can we turn this pain, this hard time, this difficulty around and live on creatively? I think we walk with God he gives us a new set of eyes to see life and see things differently.
Also another illusion that people have. They assume if we give our lives to God, the problems disappear.
No they don’t! We live in a fallen state.
People are sinful, people are selfish. There inconsiderate and our inconsiderate actions are gonna hurt people and ourselves.
BUT with God we have a much stronger ability to cope with the crap of life.
We have a purpose in our lives.
We know that there is more to the “what I see with my human eyes”
We know that far more is going on in the world than our “little worlds”
So it does suck, when bad things happen, but I don’t think God should be blamed.
It begins with the choices of us human beings.
If someone is murdered / raped / hurt in some way… did God allow it?
No! It was the selfish choice of another human being.
If that person sincerely asked God, God would have had a very different answer. WE KNOW THAT for sure!
So these are just some of my ramblings and thoughts. Hope this sheds some sort of light for you?