A question that i’m sure everyone has heard (Or maybe even asked) is “Why do bad things happen to good people?”
We assume ourselves to be naturally good and deserving of good things – so when disaster strikes, when problems arise, when we get sick or someone we love dies, we cry out “What did I do to deserve this?” The problem is that this question is rooted in a faulty premise. The Bible however is clear that we are not good people. We have dark and evil hearts that reject and rebel against God.
A man approached Jesus and referred to him as good teacher – this was Jesus’ response.
“Why do you call me good?” Jesus answered. “No one is good–except God alone.
Jesus plainly tells us that no one is good. Not a single person can be considered good by Gods standard. (On a side note, it may seem here that Jesus is saying he himself is not good – this is not the case! In fact Jesus is claiming to be God. It’s like he is saying “Are you calling me good because you know that I am God?”) So lets ask a better question – Why do bad things happen?
There is a great story in the book of John that deals with this question.
As he [Jesus] went along, he saw a man blind from birth. His disciples asked him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?” “Neither this man nor his parents sinned,” said Jesus, “but this happened so that the works of God might be displayed in him.
The disciples appear to have this same good/bad mindset. They came across this blind man and they immediately see his blindness as a punishment or a curse – assuming either him or his parents have done something wrong, or sinned for him to deserve it. Jesus corrects them and shows them the error of their thinking. It is not a matter of someone sinning but rather his affliction is so that the works of God might be displayed in him.
Why then do bad things happen? So the works of God can be displayed!
The next time you experience hardships, pain, or affliction, ask yourself – “How can Gods power be displayed through my suffering?”
Change your focus in this way and you will glorify God, even during the bad things of life.