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Why do Bad Things Happen to Good people?

The question of why bad things happen to good people has puzzled humanity for centuries. Many grapple with finding a satisfying answer, but one truth that anchors my heart is the belief that God does not will suffering upon us. Instead, He offers us comfort and hope amidst life’s trials.

The Nature of Our Broken World

The story of Lazarus (John 11:1-44) offers insight. Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead, demonstrating His power and compassion. Yet, Lazarus eventually died again, reminding us that our bodies and this world are temporary. The ultimate hope lies in the promise of a new body and a new creation: “He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away” (Revelation 21:4).

1. The Gift and Consequence of Free Will

God created us with free will, allowing us to make our own choices. This autonomy is a testament to His desire for genuine love and relationship. Forced love is not true love. As C.S. Lewis said, “Free will, though it makes evil possible, is also the only thing that makes possible any love or goodness or joy worth having.”

God created us with free will, allowing genuine love and relationship. Forced love is not true love. #FreeWill #GodsLove Share on X

However, this freedom means that people can choose to do evil. The story of Adam and Eve (Genesis 3) illustrates this. Their choice brought sin into the world, affecting all of creation. God’s desire is for us to choose Him willingly, not out of coercion, as echoed in Deuteronomy 30:19, “…choose life, so that you and your children may live.”

God desires us to choose Him willingly. Genuine love cannot be coerced. #TrueLove #FreeWill Share on X

2. The Impact of Bad Choices

Our choices have consequences. When someone chooses to harm another, it is a misuse of their free will. For example, the pain caused by a crime such as rape is a tragic result of someone’s sinful choice. God does not cause these actions; they stem from human decisions. James 1:13-15 explains that God does not tempt anyone to do evil; it is our own desires that lead to sin.

Our choices have consequences. God does not cause harm; human decisions do. #ChoicesMatter #GodIsGood Share on X

3. The Fall of Man

The fall of man brought about a broken world, filled with suffering and natural disasters. Romans 8:22 tells us, “We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time.” This groaning reflects the world’s longing for redemption and the return of Christ. Until then, we live in a fallen state, where disease, death, and disasters occur.

The fall of man brought a broken world, but Romans 8:22 reminds us that creation longs for redemption. #HopeInChrist Share on X

4. Ignoring the Nudges of the Holy Spirit

God often nudges us through the Holy Spirit to prevent harm. Proverbs 3:5-6 encourages us to trust in the Lord and acknowledge Him in all our ways. Sometimes, we ignore these prompts, leading to adverse outcomes. My own experience with my sister’s near-death encounter taught me the importance of heeding these divine nudges. God’s plans for us are for good, not evil (Jeremiah 29:11), and He often tries to guide us away from danger.

Trust in the Lord and acknowledge Him in all ways (Proverbs 3:5-6). He often nudges us to prevent harm. #TrustGod #HolySpirit Share on X

Conclusion: Embrace Hope and Obedience

While we may not fully understand why bad things happen, we can trust in God’s goodness and sovereignty. Our choices matter, and the Holy Spirit guides us towards righteousness. By building spiritual strength through prayer and obedience, we can better navigate life’s challenges and help prevent harm.

Despite suffering, God can bring good out of even the darkest situations (Romans 8:28). #Faith #GodsPlan Share on X

Let us remember Romans 8:28: “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.” This verse reassures us that, despite the suffering, God can bring good out of even the darkest situations.

God’s plans for us are for good, not evil (Jeremiah 29:11). Trust in His guidance and love. #GodsPlan #Faith Share on X

Author: Sotonwa Success

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