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Why do bad things happen to good people?

July 18th, 2011 Posted in sermons

If I decided how my day were to go, I would never write in “crisis.

I would never write, “Get sick” here or “Have my tire go flat” there, or “Have this unexpected disaster take place.” I would just write in all the good stuff in life. I would plan for everything to go my way. There would be no traffic on the freeways. It would always be green lights and blue skies.

God is in charge.

But guess what? We’re not in charge of our lives. God is.
I love what the prophet once admitted to the Lord: “O Lord, I know the way of man is not in himself; it is not in man who walks to direct his own steps” (Jeremiah 10:23, NKJV).
The fact is, God will allow so-called “bad things” to happen to us in the course of our days. But as time goes by, you will find that the significant things you learn in life didn’t really come from the good times and the mountaintop experiences. They came from those times of crisis in which you were more dependent on God. Many of the most difficult days will, in retrospect, turn out to be unbelievably valuable, because it is through those so-called “bad times” that you will learn some of life’s most important lessons.


Chosen by God.

The things we experience are not random events that float in and out of our lives. They are rather specific events that have been chosen by God and are timely and purposeful. This means the good things as well as the bad things. It means the wonderful, happy times of life as well as the dark, difficult days.

When you put your faith in Jesus Christ, you come under His protective care. God is fully aware of everything that happens to you, and thankfully He is never asleep on the job. He pays careful attention to the smallest details of your life and is in complete in control of all circumstances that surround you. He knows what’s happening in your life right now—knows it better than you do. And His presence and provision will be all you need to make it through.

7 Responses to “Why do bad things happen to good people?”

  1. Kim says:

    How true this is. When we are in the midst of a hard situation we cannot see past all the pain. It is only after that we see how far we have come and how much we have learned if we allow God to walk through the process with us. Even when it is dark and we feel alone, we are never alone. When you feel like you cannot hold on any longer, tie a knot at the end of your rope and keep hanging on. God will pull you up and above if you keep looking up to Him.

  2. Anthony says:

    The thing to remember is what Pastor Greg did as an example to me and others. When a bad thing happens remember GOD immediately, pray to GOD immediately and don’t stop until HE gets you through, then thank GOD for not forgetting us the way we can forget HIM sometimes, GOD’s speed everyone who believe.

  3. Karla I. Souve' says:

    How mundane if we had everything “GO” as we planned!

    BTW The new song “GO” played in service yesterday was way too perfect for your “Go” method of inspiration. Go into your world and make the gospel known.

    I would much rather prefer to have things “GO” His way ^

    Thannnks,

    Karla

  4. Jonalee Estores says:

    I will never forget a sermon I’ve heard from a pastor in church. Bad things happen because a lot of times we tend to take God for granted. We get comfortable when all good things come our way. We ought to be reminded that He alone can control us. See we can plan all we want, but if God says its not the right time for it or that the plan is not for us, we ought not to follow that because if not, that’s when things happen. God is in control no matter what the circumstance is …

  5. Donna says:

    If only we could get our finite minds around a small portion of this. God is in control, everything is filtered through His hands, and He wants what is best for us. If we truly believe this it would revolutionize our daily living for Him.

  6. Drew W says:

    During bad or hard times in my life, I will say,”this is certainly some pit You have cast me into”. Then I smile saying” But I know you are with me all the way and will get me thru”.

  7. David S. says:

    I absolutely enjoyed this post! I agree 100% with the fact that we are not in control…but everything is under the control of our holy, almighty, and Sovereign God!

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