It … But even if you should suffer for righteousness’ sake, you will be blessed. This is really great. Romans 13:1-7 ESV / 5 helpful votes Helpful Not Helpful. The Bible talks a lot about suffering. Couldn’t read the article until I either selected to read the book, or that I wanted no part of God’s voice. I remember reading the story of Pastor Jon Courson a few years ago. May GOD richly bless you. For over two years I had and still struggle with 5 autoimmune diseases. Like her, we need to learn that God can handle our emotions and it’s better for us to take them to Him where we can find healing instead of cutting ourselves off from the source of our strength. I’m not saying that God is the cause of these car accidents that took Pastor Jon’s wife and daughter away. Sometimes we have to admit we just don’t know and instead of going crazy and trying … If you read the creation story in Genesis 1 and 2, you will notice that God had the same thing to say at the end of every day: And God saw that it was good (Genesis 1:4, 9, 12, 18, 25, 31). Nothing happens that is out of His knowledge and control. Robin gives back to the writing community by serving as executive director/conference director for ACFW. That’s the main reason once a tragedy occurs, it’s very easy for us to think that God doesn’t care or for us to start questioning why God has allowed something like that to occur. I know what it’s like to be angry at God because you feel like He doesn’t help you when obviously He has the power to do something. nobody perfect and I’m not saying I’m close either I’ve been through my fair share of ups and downs recently we’ll actually just yesterday morning i just crashed my car into another moving vehicle I would consider my self a great driver but i stopped on the right side of 2 lane road at stop sign it was on a 4 way stop sign and i stopped and went at the same time a big truck pulled up on the left and stopped with me simultaniosuly so i couldn’t see the other car on the left that was gonna cross straight to the road on my right but when i was pulling up i saw no one coming from the left so i stopped and went and it seemed like this car came out of nowhere and i collided head on with the passenger side door. There was a thought that repeatedly came to mind that saved me from following the same path of belief you did and that is, “the things of God come by faith.” Faith, which I interpret as an “undeniable confidence,” in God is what brings the promises of God into our lives. Sadly this dear lady had since passed away with cancer…….but I believe that that woman is in heaven now!! As Christians, we are called to be holy as God is holy (Leviticus 19:2). The problem we have as humans is that we conceive God the way we think He’s supposed to operate, which means that we limit Him to our own human conception and understanding instead of seeing Him in the context of His own sovereignty as the God of the universe. Though this is not in the same realm as God's decreed purpose, we can say that certain things occur because other things have happened. I have already been before God’s throne this morning begging to understand. That, in a nutshell, is the answer to the so-called problem. Thanks for stopping by. What God orchestrates and allows is meaningful, significant, and purposeful. These are the truths we know about God from the Bible. Praying for you, Rinu! Pastor Jon is an incredibly nice guy. Bad things happen because of sin. Are you referring to my free e-book about hearing God’s voice? I'm also the founder of Grace Digital Solutions, a company that builds websites for businesses and non-profits. That movie last night just hurt me. 1. A car crash claims the life of a Christian college student on her way home, a faithful pastor receives a cancer diagnosis, a family is away on vacation only to receive the call that their house was destroyed in a fire.. One of the most common questions believers and unbelievers alike ask is why a loving and all-powerful God would allow bad things to happen. Hopi Prophecies, Pahana, and Jesus | When is Jesus Coming Back? To become more like Him. So, even if Jesus isn’t enough to justify directly the claim that God sustains the world (even though He teaches that God sustains the world: Matthew 10:29–30), He justifies it indirectly, since He gives us good reason to believe the Bible is true, which teaches that God sustains the world. Thank you, thank you, thank you, for sharing this. The idea that the evil and suffering in the world present an unanswerable challenge to believers is finally being admitted by more open-minded researchers. Many have blamed God for the evil that takes place in our world, yet that is a too casual of a conclusion to make. It was the raw and stripped down truth that I was able to apply to each circumstance individually and to my entire life, collectively- that didn’t lead to more questions or didn’t need any previous bible knowledge required,the reality is- you might not ever learn or hear the answers you’re looking for…but you will find the peace and content required to begin truly healing and moving on, from the one who knit you together in the womb, Jesus. And not even a full year passed before I was back in the emergency room, screaming in pain, and asking God “WHY?” again- after months of testing I was diagnosed with severe fibromyalgia and haven’t lived a single day since then, where Im not in debilitating pain and discomfort. If God loves us, why does he allow pain and suffering? Reading through psalms really helped me because I realized that God responded to David because of David’s integrity…and I had to ultimately come to the conclusion…I didn’t have integrity to live the life I knew I should be living. Hi Vivian, I pray you are doing better physically and emotionally. For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, … But we are to be of good cheer, because He has overcome the world. But then suddenly, something unexpected happens and your world is turned upside down. This doctor increased the current medication which blew the two processes out of the water. Who hurt you Stephen? I’m 17 i promised my dad i would stop smoking 2 weeks ago because he didn’t want me driving high the day he drug tested me was the day i promised him i would quit i kinda feel thats what god wanted to because he would always give me test and hints to make me stop because i know he cares about me but to keep it short i completely disregarded my dad and the lesson god tried to teach me an continued to smoke even while driving once although not the time of the of the crash. My friend shared many stories of how she “eavesdropped” by reading lips and learned much about people and how they reacted to issues, enough that it led her into her career field today—a counselor, specializing in providing therapy for the hearing impaired as they live in a hearing world. I don’t know. The list goes on & on. I believe that there will be many trials that we go in life that we cannot handle. Things do happen for a reason. Verse Concepts. The only answer, I thought, to the constant “WHY’s” I experienced everyday was, suicide. In a last ditch effort to find the answers, to those “why”s- I randomly opened the Bible to see if God had anything to say and to my absolute amazement, and almost disbelief ; I starting reading the beginning of a paragraph in the book of proverbs, chapter 3, verse 5 “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, AND LEAN NOT ON YOUR OWN UNDERSTANDING” …for the first time in my life, I could answer WHY, even though that answer isn’t the most insightful, poetic or full of excitement and substance. She told me she suspected another underlying problem connected to this new autoimmune disease and referred me to another specialist. You can find out more about Robin by visiting www.robincaroll.com. Since Bill and Hilary Clinton lived here and claimed it home before Bill was President, we have many political plans and posturing here. I’m glad you enjoyed this blog post. Like her mom, Jon’s daughter didn’t survive, and she ended up going to heaven too. Thank you pastor for sharing good news with us,am lucky to read this I was in need according to my present situation.God bless you! In the book Dead Silence by Robin Carroll, the main character had a son who was a deaf-mute. Theft is morally wrong, where accidentally breaking your leg is not. Yes Tony, technically, you are correct. God has decreed all that has ever happened and ever will happen and ultimately brings about all things he has purposed. The manager on duty had to come up, she called 911. We serve an orderly God. There are no accidents. He has total control of all things past, present and future. 4 years ago. Things Happen for a Reason. It is often used in our own judgment of God, as if that were possible. We need not to seek nor understand those reasons, but to have faith in His wisdom. I received an advanced reader’s copy from the publishers courtesy of Celebrate Lit and NetGalley; a positive review was not required. God is orderly. He serves God; he volunteers in many areas, and he helps a lot of people every day. Peter Guirguis May 12, 2015 Encouragement 53 Comments. He could have easily asked why God allowed this to happen to him, especially since he’s someone who serves God full-time. I need real prayers from you guys, coz for real am stuck in darkness, i don’t know what to do, i lost ma job for now almost 6 months, i don’t work, i sometimes fail to get what to eat, so i need a financial break through and of course spiritual way…, Hi Ivan God is in the Midst of everything he will not give us more than we can bare hold on to him he loves you and wants you to trust him. So everyday I wake up and say “I will trust You today”. How do I get back? Thankfully, God uses adversity and trials to bring us from self centeredness to Christ likeness. I am just not wise enough. May I please have your permission to publish your story in my book? To understand how this works, think about a parent-child relationship. Although the Lord told him to go to Nineveh to "cry against it for their wickedness," Jonah boarded a ship "to flee to Tarshish from the presence of the Lord" (v. 2-3). Now my underlying condition is off the charts, and am back to ground zero. Thank you very much Farooq for your kind words. I’ve also found it very helpful that when I am going through a trial that is too hard for me to bear, that I encourage myself in the Lord. I filled out the form with my contact info! I’m getting so excited for the release of my thirty-fourth novel, DEAD SILENCE. Great post. He always seeks the best interest of his creation; he allows things to happen for a reason. No matter what may come my way. For it is better to suffer for doing good, if that should be God’s will, than for doing evil (1 Peter 3:14-17 ESV). For the first time in decades I was almost normal. 15 Bible Verses about Everything Happens For A Reason. God is able to use our pain to do good things. I know it’s been 6months since you shared your story, but I feel the Holy Spirit is leading me to share with you and others, to know of the life saving truth I received when I was at the lowest and most desperate state of my life. He used the suffering of our Savior to forgive our sins. "> Also, I believe that trials and bad things are used to make us turn or return to God and become humble and dependent on Him. He hit the nail on the head, finally giving a name to the underlying process, I had suffered with since childhood. 0 1. He doesn’t just allow things to happen because. Yes it truth everything happens with a strong reason from God because He knows the best and you and i must have faith in it untill God give His blessing on us. Many years down the road, I lost my marriage and this really affected me. If you’re human, then you’ve probably made some decisions that you’ve regretted. God is in control of everything. To build our relationship with Him. Bad things happen because of sin. I love fishing. We need not to seek nor understand those reasons, but to have faith in His wisdom. God ended up allowing Pastor Jeff to lose his company and all of his money so that he can get off of the road that he was on. You can give me your contact information privately by sending it through my contact form if you like https://notashamedofthegospel.com/contact, Hi peter! May I also learn to share with others who are afflicted or not afflicted for God’s Sake, AMEN. She works in the courts as a sign language interpreter. For example, it seemed pretty easy to get to a US senator in her home especially one who had been fairly vocal about some very controversial issues. First of all, God is sovereign. Two other realities we must face in this life (in addition to … From the story of creation in Genesis chapter 1, we can see that God has a plan. I saw it as a perfect backdrop for this particular story with the political undercurrents running rampant throughout the story. I must say, when she first asked, I was stumped because it is a question I have personally wrestled with for many years. Or maybe you end up losing your job. The four amateur sleuths were able to solve a high-profile case while the Federal Bureau couldn’t. But when she comes forward, her life, as well as her son’s life, may now be in the crosshairs of the assassin. We don’t always do what we know we ought to do. Thank you for your patience! We know from the Bible that faith is a gift of God. The impression given is that they are incompetent and unprofessional. Praying for you, Harry! Karma rules us all. God sees your entire life, and He’s preparing you for what’s ahead. I believe that the Bible teaches that God will not allow us to be tempted more than we can handle, but that is different than going through trials. Why do bad things happen to good people? Where is God in your tragedy?”. Unless I’m missing something and there are some things which happen and we should NOT thank God for…. But I am saying that God permitted these trials to happen for certain reasons. All the things after sin entered the world, reflect the enemy. Yes, God Knows the Future “I am God, and there is none like me, declaring the end from the beginning and from ancient times things not yet done, saying, ‘My counsel shall stand, and I will accomplish all my purpose’” (Isaiah 46:9–10).“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope” (Jeremiah 29:11). “For God knows that when you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil” (Genesis 3:5 NIV). Sorry Randall, I’m not sure what you’re referring to. As a widow with a young son who is deaf, lip-reading is simply second nature, until the day she reads the lips of someone on the phone discussing an attempt to be made on a senator’s life—a senator who just happens to be her mother-in-law. And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose (Romans 8:28 ESV). I know that God’s ways confound even the wise, and I am, by no means, among that group, and in so knowing that I continue to love and trust him, but it makes me wonder what it is I am praying for when I pray for his protection for myself, for my loved ones, for my country, for the world. Is it good to suffer? Another reason bad things happen is because people sin. Starting with a really hard childhood and upbringing that was constantly riddled with despair and devastating circumstances. You are most welcome, Deborah. Thank you Peter. It is good for me that I have been afflicted, that I may learn Your statutes (Psalm 119:71 NKJV). Conversely, those who “sow” to the flesh are going to reap a life without the full blessings of God, both in this life and the life to come (Jeremiah 18:10; 2 Peter 2:10–12). Talk to the most successful people in life and they’ll tell you that they changed for the better when they faced adversity. My face was broken in 4 places, which warranted reconstructive surgery, on the left side of my face with plates and screws being placed in certain areas, I also had four horrible brain contusions that ended up leaving slight Brain damage that’s irreversible. He and his wife were well-off financially. 4 years ago. You are the all-powerful King of all creation. . God used a literal storm to draw Jonah to repentance (Jonah 1:1-17). But with Elise’s story comes a cautionary tale–if our sense of self causes us to do bad or irresponsible things in the name of the “greater good” it’s time for a soul-check. Segment 2 (9:50) – God allows sinful things to happen but never causes them. If you’re not dead- Gods not done! This question is often asked in times of deep despair and mourning. Have no fear of them, nor be troubled, but in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect, having a good conscience, so that, when you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ may be put to shame. I dont feel like praying for understanding, or even praying at all. If God is so good, why does He allow suffering and pain? 3 But Jonah rose up to flee to Tarshish from the presence of the LORD. As you saw from the video, I made that mistake of thinking that God didn’t exist when bad things happened to my family when I was in high school. And no, I don’t really expect an answer. Why? Please help me am tired of being disappointed . Is it good to suffer? Your will be done. Thank you for your kind words, you’ve given ME the encouragement I needed! 1 The word of the LORD came to Jonah the son of Amittai saying, . Invading problems promote spiritual maturity. – liferiiimagined, https://notashamedofthegospel.com/contact. Thank you. Real “undeniable confidence” only comes from God, an experiential relationship with God, meditating on the Word of God and, of course, the grace of God. Please help me understand how this 1) changed their character, 2) prepared them for bigger plans, or 3) saved their lives. We can make plans, but only You can make them happen; only You can cause good to come from bad, Lord, and only You can punish or exalt. Followed by being held up at gunpoint, robbed and pistol whipped by a man who murdered 4 innocent victims that same week- which resulted in the development of PTSD, and tortured by multiple, daily panic attacks so severe I would lose consciousness within seconds and my hands would tense up into a position we started to refer to as the “t-Rex” hands- even causing a dangerous wreck where I smashed into the vehicle in front of mine so hard, that my car looked like an acordian, and on a handful of occasions woke up to being carried by a total stranger on my college campus, rushing me to the health clinic at my school. Thank you for sharing that great insight . This is God’s way of teaching me survival Skills. Sometimes the reason He doesn’t reverse the bad things that happen in your life is because God has three choices. My ex boyfriend threw me to the ground and restrained me while he assaulted me- I was almost beaten to death, and every doctor was puzzled how I survived. I like this post because I was thinking different from what happened to me three days ago(31/12/2016). This can be done through constant prayer throughout the day as praying just in the morning or at night will not be enough to get one through the hard times. 16:4) God’s wrath is righteous. As the psalmist puts it, our trials give us the chance to learn God’s law. I could not get up I had to butt scoot to the bed to get my cell phone, I still could not get up. It’s easy to think of God sometimes as your uncaring boss at work. The beautiful thing about God is that He is not untouched when we suffer, God is with us even in the midst of our suffering. When we accept Jesus as our Lord and Saviour we begin the process of sanctification. No broken bones just several sprains. There is death, disease, and suffering. The drive was beyond excruciating, I have dealt with pain but not like this. A Excellent post,can come as an enlightenment to many people who have lost faith in God,due to various reasons.From my personal experience,i can say that,everything god allows, happens for a reason.I am of of Hindu faith,and in the Vedas,it is said that,a successful person is one,who has rid himself of the greed,malice and ambition.He knows that these are universal bondage,created by the devil,which leads one away from god.He is happy and contempt,whether,people praise him or curse him.He knows that there is only one ultimate way,and that is the way of god. Here are some reasons from the Bible, why God may remove some people from your life. I saw online that its psalms 37:5 but in the bible psalms 37:5 is something else? How come God isn’t answering your prayers? God allows trials in our lives, but even when things are bleak all things work together for your good and God’s glory. She left behind Jon, and three beautiful children. You are most welcome. Have you always made the best decisions in your life? God allows things to happen for a reason. It also certainly does not mean that God doesn’t exist. To fulfill his divine plan. !And the Lord God was confirming to me by this amazing encounter on a main high street in a city of a few million,,that He is in total control and that,truely all things do work out for good and to His glory in the lives of those if us who love HIM…..To God be the glory forever…amen , From Hildi Boyd. Your email address will not be published. As Christians, we need to be reminded that everything that happens to us in our life is allowed by God. My family doctor knew what it was, however he just needed confirmation. So Stephen, can you give us an example of a Bible verse that you thought was true but it turned out to be not true? Adam represented us (1 Corinthians 15:22) so that when he sinned in the Garden of Eden, we ended up suffering the consequences of his rebellion. You cause or allow everything that happens. I soon went through a devestating event, and lost everything I owned in a huge flood that came without any warning or clues. These experiences can often leave Christians wondering why, if God loves us, he still allows such things to happen. His brothers sold him into slavery because they were so jealous of their father’s affection for him they couldn’t bear to be around him. reply; Aaron Lyon. The Bible verse that I want to share with you is Romans 3:32, which says: The Bible also tells us “faith comes by hearing and hearing from the Word of God.” I recently heard someone speak on us being deceived we have more faith than we do because these thoughts are coming from our soul (mind, will and emotions) but it is not empowered by the Spirit because it is not real faith. God actually has control over everything in our in lives. Therefore whoever resists the authorities resists what God has appointed, and those who resist will incur judgment. Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, this he will also reap. I take a huge ugly fall in the hotel bathroom. He deceived the woman by telling her that if she disobeyed God she would become like Him–knowing the difference between good and evil. Know yourself–one thing I had to give Elise credit for–she had a strong sense of self. That, in a nutshell, is the answer to the so-called problem. Ecclesiastes 3:11 Contemporary English Version (CEV). Paul writes, “We know that all things work together for good for those who love God, who are called according to His purpose,” (Romans 8:28). All things are either caused by Him or allowed by Him for His own purposes and through His perfect will and timing…. In order for us to love God truly and accept His salvation, we must have an absolute ability to choose it for ourselves. People age, things fall apart (entropy) etc… Things appear to us to be random which is an illusion because the “reason” is hidden or not known to us. Answer: The Bible describes God as holy (Isaiah 6:3), righteous (Psalm 7:11), just (Deuteronomy 32:4), and sovereign (Daniel 4:17-25). I was out of town on business, thing were good I had some pain nothing I could not handle. One was by my hands and now i have been dealing with rhe aftermath and been trying to hear what God has been trying to say to me about why that took place. Years later, God used Joseph to save his entire family from starvation. But if we persevere, we develop our characters. 2. God loves you, He cares about you, and He’s going to be there for you every step of the way. Political games can be deadly… Elise Carmichael is a court sign language interpreter who reads lips all the time. Yet none of us can ever fully understand all he has done, and he puts questions in our minds about the past and the future. This page may contain affiliate links. Did the parent cause the child to fall? But when you stray from a good path usually he punishes and those are usually your down times think about when bad stuff happens to you and just think of god as santa he watches you and racks up your naughty list points and than pow all of the bad things you done weather it be little or big will get paid back to you in a fair manner usually whatever is painful enough to learn a lesson he just wants you to learn from it and become a better person he’s always testing and always trying to teach and the closer you are with him the more you will understand him and the more you see these test and lessons it becomes so visible his genuine care and understanding of you. A car left it lane into my lane and straight hit my car. God allows things to happen for a reason. I hope the curious non saved did not see this cheap attempt on their conscience, and simply give up on Christ. The only way we can fully profit from it, though, is by being in a good relationship with Him through Christ and allowing ourselves to be shaped by it. Since God owns everything, it is not sinful for him to take a life or destroy something. Recently, a dear friend, asked me to write an article exploring the question of why God allows bad things to happen to good people. The Bible is clear that the world is under a curse (Genesis 3:17), which has resulted in infirmities, diseases, natural disasters, and death. There is no doubt that God allowed both tragedies to happen to Pastor Jon for different reasons that we probably don’t know about. I thought I was unrepairable and worthless. Thanks. Everything said here makes sense even from a Muslim perspective – a faith that I adhere to. But what if you can’t take the tribulations God has allowed? For two chapters, we get to bask in the glory of a perfect world, but then in Genesis 3, the devil struck. God allows all things to happen for valid reasons. Don’t try to answer the questions from your struggles, with a worldly perspective- like we rush to do after tragedy strikes. Looking forward to being able to communicate with you soon! So he punishes me now i don’t have a car and i have to deal with all the disappointment. And then a couple of years following that, I was staring death in the face again. 6 Answers. I battled with self harm and started to party excessively as a distraction, to the chaos my life was. It’s God’s purpose that I came across this teaching. This is akin to those “share Jesus to ten friends or go to hell”memes I sometimes see. All the time, Pastor Jon says that there was one verse that God kept on bringing to his mind during both tragedies in his life. Free will— This is perhaps the main reason. Why does God allow bad things to happen? Here are four things to remember when God allows bad things to happen to good people: 1. Then, and this is where I am livid and wonder where God is. 11 God makes everything happen at the right time. And the onset of my anger and resentment questions with God asking “WHY?” became something I dealt with every single day. God draws us to Himself and makes us holy. Bad things happen because sin is written in our DNA. But thank God that we have a God who works all things together for our good for those who love Him and are the called according to His purpose . Pingback: Hopi Prophecies, Pahana, and Jesus | When is Jesus Coming Back? Just because God doesn’t respond to your prayer the way that you want Him to then it doesn’t mean that He doesn’t care.… He knows the struggles and heartbreak you have seen, and has a plan for your life!!! 23 Minutes in Hell - Bill Wiese is the Man Who Went to Hell, Jewish Scientist (James Tour) Makes the Greatest Jewish Discovery, Testimony of Ghost Hunters Turned Christian. Things do happen for a reason. Why does God allow good people to suffer and die? Romans 8:28 Who Is the Author of Evil? Thank you very much for sharing your thoughts with us Debayudh. Required fields are marked *. Her love for her son—willing to do anything to protect him is a mother’s instinct I relate to so well, having three daughters and two grandsons. God’s creation reflected His nature–perfect. You just have to put your trust in Him and endure for a season. While it is true that nothing happens outside of the will of God–He is not surprised by anything that happens but He is not necessarily the cause of it. I couldn’t agree with you more, Evan! Sometimes, our suffering will happen for “righteousness sake”. Lv 7. I ma still confused as to why this happened. The simple answer is, yes, everything happens for a reason, but keep in mind that things can happen due to a variety of reasons. I have been going through 2 different trials since July. I invite you to walk with me on this journey to know God, know ourselves and run our race. I cried out to God in my wilderness with no answer or word from Him. But there are still lessons for us to uncover how we can approach suffering. While I’m a Louisiana girl at heart, I reside in Little Rock, the capital city for Arkansas. Thanks all. I’ve left my husbands email bc he checks it everyday! 1. But before Elise can report the crime, she gets a call that her son, a deaf-mute, had an accident and is in the hospital. Does your 37:5 go something like this. Why Does God Allow Bad Things to Happen? And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. Introduction The reasons why a loving God would allow so much evil in the world are a mystery and a stumbling block to faith for many people. When God created the world, it was perfect. Then on the morning I was to drive 180 miles back home. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. When bad things happen to us, it’s easy to think that God doesn’t care about you, or that He isn’t involved in the world today. Question: "Why does God allow evil?" function gtag(){dataLayer.push(arguments);} Lots of problems since my childhood.iam fear to anything now. I get tired of all the excuses people make for God not being true to his word. My husband is Jewish so I know all about the holocaust, and I watched a movie last night about the Armenian genocide. Did God create evil, or does He just allow it? I love scrapbooking. It was a hard and difficult journey, but it was worth it in the end. It Reminds Us of the Reality of Sin. He continues to employ suffering to draw us closer to Him and to one another. Let me ask you this, who do you blame for your fall in the hotel bathroom? It got me to thinking that being deaf could be thought of as a disability but could also be used as an advantage…it was all in how you looked at it. In other words, we are born in a fallen and sinful world because of Adam’s sin. Her books have been recognized in such contests as the Carol Award, Holt Medallion, Daphne du Maurier, RT Reviewer’s Choice Award, Bookseller’s Best, and Book of the Year. This is kind of how the permissive will of God works. Within Christianity, there is the concept of cause and effect. Here are sixteen Bible passages that help us understand why God allows the presence of evil and suffering in the world: God has a purpose in everything he allows. Simple question: technically shouldn’t we say, “Thank God” when anything happens, even something we may perceive as a tragedy? There is no logical contradiction between God being Infinitely Good, Infinitely Powerful, and allowing bad things to happen. When this happens, we sometimes wonder, “Why does God allow bad things to happen?”. When these things happen to people who we think are “bad people” we may feel justified. The first answer is simple: To fulfill his divine plan. Thank you so much Pastor Peter. The truth is no human being has all the answers for why God allows bad things to happen. When bad things happen you may be tempted to ask, “Where is God when you need Him? One day, she “overheard” the plot to kill a US senator who happened to be her mother-in-law. I’ve never shared my testimony before but God was leading me that night when I responded to her comment. So, why does God let bad things happen to us? Instead of doubting God’s goodness, our reaction should be to trust Him. It was no so long ago that I was starting to have the same feelings you express. Oct 10, 2014 - No one wants to have their heart crushed. I railed on on God yesterday, I let all my anger, hate, resentment and everything else loose on Him. I just went through something today while driving and was very angry but the interesting part is i was talking about the Lord and certain things i was going through in my personal life with a sister from church how I need and want to draw more to God and do his will and this incident happened so I decided to look up why God allows certain bad things to happen in our lives and i came across these comments I appreciate and thank the Lord for spiritual brothers and sisters like yourselves to help educate spirituality people like myself and others who need to understand and know the Lords will in us, After having spent months in and out of hospital and feeling dejected and close to breaking point,emotionally as well as physically and wondering what the purpose of it all was,something amazing happened.After having been discharged from hostpial and feeling almost completely better,I travelled to Birmingham England to do a little retail therapy,something I hadn’t been well enough to do for nearly a year. A few years later, Jon’s daughter was involved in a car accident at exactly the same spot on that curvy road. Segment 1 (0:00) – God is in control of everything and allows everything that happens, including calamities. 2. Was it God’s fault, your fault, or the hotel’s fault? The the driver does not know why he did that to me. The reason why God allows people to sin and be tempted to sin is not for us to know — at least for now (Deuteronomy 29:29). I struggled with this in the past so many times. Many years ago, he and his wife were driving on a wintry day. The reason some things happen can often be traced back to original sin in the Garden of Eden. We can’t make ourselves have faith by trying to conjure it up or repeating a scripture over and over. The child knows the expected behavior but chooses to run even though they were warned about the potential consequences. God permits all, and all is for our good, so it stands to reason that if we are of true faith, we’re grateful to God for Everything that happens, right? The world abhors the thought of suffering and cannot imagine how a loving God can allow it. It’s not really that God is allowing us to suffer or allowing bad things to happen to good people, it’s a sin thing. A lot of times we know what God expects but we aren’t always obedient. When Paul says, “God, who works all things according to the counsel of his will, specifically predestined us,” it doesn’t mean “He really doesn’t work all things according to the counsel of his will; he only predestined us.” That’s exactly the opposite of the way Paul is arguing. If God loves us, why does he allow pain and suffering? You ask God to help you out, but your bad situation doesn’t change. The Man of Lawlessness … 10 and with every wicked deception directed against those who are perishing, because they refused the love of the truth that would have saved them. It isn’t when everything is hunky-dory that you end up experiencing a change in your character. As the curvy road was winding, he was in a head-on car accident with his wife. You are truly in control. I also did not like the way the FBI agents were portrayed. May I please ask you where are you located? That’s really encouraging me and also blessed☺. First, God works all things according to his will. Sometimes it’s hard to be thankful amidst the death of loved ones or financial hardships. Maybe your health takes a turn for the worse. He waits patiently as our Father hoping we will turn to Him for encouragement and strength. People suffer and experience trials because of sin. Learn how your comment data is processed. Remember, we only see things dimly in this world. He works all things according to the counsel of his will. The things that we might consider bad, such as getting robbed or breaking a leg by falling down some stairs, would both be bad. I tried to see His goodness in all of this but this time I just cannot see it. I hope that you enjoy reading Dead Silence as much as I enjoyed writing it. Whether or not we understand His reasons, we must remember that God is good, just, loving, and merciful (Psalm 135:3). We can make plans, but only You can make them happen; only You can cause good to come from bad, Lord, and only You can punish or exalt. The newest one was misdiagnosed by two so called specialists in the field. The helped me up. The way that I do this is that every time that I have a negative thought come into my mind, I replace it with one of God’s truths. “I love boxing. And when these hard times come, we feel it … May I please ask you what it is that you were searching for online that led you to this post? We become people who can point others to Christ. Sometimes it just seems to be a part of the rhythm of life. Sometimes, our suffering will happen for “righteousness sake”. He has the power to do all things: "Whatever the LORD pleases, he does, in heaven and on earth, in the seas and all deeps" (Psalm 135:6). He survived the car crash but his wife passed away. God is in control of all circumstances that surround the believer. gtag('config', 'UA-69278040-2'); Bad things happen all the time. If I give you this Bible verse, then you’re going to understand where I’m going with this. I was at the end of my rope, and couldn’t see past the darkness and pain that my life consisted of starting from the tender age of 3. Hi, there…Robin here. Unfortunately, that didn’t happen. God Bless! Nope, I’ve never fit into the boxes people have wanted to put me in.” Robin Caroll is definitely a contradiction, but one that beckons you to get to know her better. After that, continue reading to find out the three reasons why God sometimes allows bad things to happen in your life. But Pastor Jon continued to serve and worship God. gtag('js', new Date()); You pray that there’ll be an 180-degree U-turn in your circumstance, but nothing happens. I don’t believe in any religion fully but i guess if i had to choose 1 I’m closest to id say christian i like to believe what some people call karma is actually god if you listen to all of his hints and stay true to yourself he will always be there to help you. When you’re going through a difficult circumstance, don’t walk away from God. i completely ignored his lessons and more so disrespected my fathers wishes who has only done nice stuff for me that i dont even deserve. Sure Elise, I totally understand. Are natural disasters caused by God or Satan? I’ve heard it shared by some people before that God will not give you more than you can handle. Another explanation as to why God allows bad things to happen is due to Adamic representation. However, the spirit is willing but the flesh is weak. The heroine is strong, yet flawed. We have to figure it out and do that thing and only that thing. Then she later sees the news report that her mother-in-law has been shot and killed. My passion is to see people give their life to Christ both offline and online. Parents can teach, chastise, correct, direct, threaten, punish, coerce, or any number of other activities to try to curtail their child’s behavior, but until the child makes a decision to do as they are directed by their parents, it will not be done. But one thing is for sure. Beautiful post and very thoughtful comments from observers. Answer Save. He teaches us through our experiences how to depend on Him. Segment 2 (9:50) – God allows sinful things to happen but never causes them. 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