Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Why do bad things happen to good people?

The book of Job posed this question quite possibly before any other literature in the world. Though its the oldest of mysteries answers are difficult to find. Like a dense cloud on top of a mountain it veils our attempts to get close to God.

In just the last few days I've received word of a friend dying in a car crash, of another who was beaten and robbed, of another friend and young father dying and yet another who has been diagnosed with cancer.

Philip Yancey says, "A relationship with God does not promise supernatural deliverance from hardship, rather a supernatural use of it." I agree with that...

most of the time...

right now I don't feel anything supernatural about this.

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shawnmcq said...

That is extremely difficult to answer. My only thought would be that the worst of life is still better with Christ, than the best of life without Christ. Yes, bad things do happen to good people. Jesus was and is the "ultimate" good person, yet He experienced unimaginable horror on the cross.
Tomorrow is promised to no one. We must learn to live for today. Don't wait to hug your kids, call your mom to tell her you love her, or forgive someone.
Out of tragedy, I have indeed seen miracles arise. We must always focus on the good. We will find it if we look for it. When I spoke at my brother-laws funeral last week, I said, "Let us not ask the question "why", but rather let us focus on the miracle of life itself and how precious it is and ask what can we do to help those in need".
We must never forget that our victory is in Christ. As long as we are in this world, there will be heartache and problems. Only in heaven will things be perfect. As I also said at the funeral, "No matter what happens in your life, Jesus is always holding your hand...and he will never let go to those who believe in him. Jesus said that love and faith are the two most important things, but love is the most important of all. Perfect love casts out all fear."

Jonathan Foster said...

thanks. love is a powerful reality.

gal 5:6 says,"the only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love."