Commentary By: Gordon King
I often hear unbelievers ask the question: “If your God was a good God, then why does He allow bad things to happen to good people?”
That’s actually a very good question, and one that’s not quite so easy to answer. In fact I don’t think anyone can give a complete answer, for many things of God remain a mystery.
These are my thoughts.
First of all, God is a good God, He is perfect in all of His ways. He is just, righteous, and holy.
Second, man (and woman) was born into sin with an evil heart. Not knowing God, separated at birth.
There is not one simple answer to this question. God being perfect and loving unconditionally, cannot perform evil. However, He does allow bad things to happen to all of us at times.
One reason is for unbelievers to stop rebelling against Him, to repent of their sins, and to accept Him as their Lord and Savior. He uses it to save the lost!
Another reason is for the prodigal son or daughter to come back into relationship with God. He uses it to bring His children back in line with His Spirit.
Sometimes, most of the time perhaps, we bring it upon ourselves. Remember the saying “We reap what we sow.” This is a principle of God. Sometimes it happens because of our own doing.
As a Christian, we know that we are Justified by the blood of Jesus when we are saved or born-again. Justification is God making us righteous and worthy of receiving salvation by His grace and nothing more!
We are Sanctified, made holy and righteous, on a continual basis. God is continually molding and sculpting us to be in the likeness of His Son, Jesus Christ. This process will continue until the day of redemption, when God will finish His work in us for all of eternity. He uses pain and suffering as a tool to form us into His image.
God has a plan, and sometimes that plan includes pain and suffering. Pain and suffering produces endurance, endurance produces character, character, hope.
“And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; 4 and perseverance, character; and character, hope.”
God uses pain and suffering in our lives in order to mold us into the image of Jesus Christ. To rid us of unneeded baggage and clutter. Pain and suffering should make us yield to God and His ways. It should make us repent of our sin, build our faith, and strengthen our relationship with Him. All of this in turn makes us more like Jesus Christ. This is Sanctification, preparing us for eternity!
God did not create the world for any pain or suffering, on the contrary! He created a perfect world, full of love, joy, and peace. It was not until man, tempted by Satan, rebelled against God. This is when it all changed, from a world ruled by God, to a world ruled by Satan.
So, are you saying that if man and woman had not taken Satan’s advice and sinned, then we would now be living in a perfect world?
Well, yes and no, perhaps. That’s not really a question that anyone can answer with 100% certainty, since they did sin. However, theoretically speaking, if man and woman (Adam and Eve) had never sinned, nor any of their offspring, then yes, we would still be living in a perfect world, but they did so it remains theoretical in nature.
God knows us all, He knows our hearts. He knows that by allowing us to endure pain, trials and tribulations, that many of us will seek His face, but many will still continue to rebel.
I don’t have all of the answers, and at times we all wonder just what God is up to in our lives. I do know this: “All things work together for the good of those who love Him, all who are called according to His purpose.”
Sometimes it may be that evil spirits are causing havoc in our lives. This can happen, and is happening more and more as we get closer to the return of Jesus Christ.
Whatever the reason, whatever the purpose, God allows it.
Another reason this will be happening more as time goes on is a testing period, a weeding out process.
We are now living in the time of separation, of falling away from the faith. Those who claim to be believers, yet never knew God will be separated from the true believers in Jesus Christ.
Whatever happens, whatever the reasons or the purposes, it’s all to the glory of God! His light will shine, His love will endure, and the TRUTH will be made known to all of creation.
God bless my friends! Maranatha!