I’m not one to cry. I’ve always been pretty reserved, and only have cried in a few movies throughout my life (Little Women and Anne of Green Gables come to mind haha). Ever since I’ve been pregnant and had a baby, I’ve noticed that pretty much anything can bring me to tears! Like reading a newspaper article about a baby stuck in a pipe in China or watching a funeral for those who past away at the explosion in West. I guess God decided to make us become more compassionate and tender-hearted when we become parents, which is probably a good thing!
My heart breaks for so many people; people going through times unimaginable. My mind wonders to what God is thinking!
Why would God allow beautiful little babies to die from heart defects and make parents go coffin shopping? Why would He let a tornado take away children from their mommas? I suppose the ultimate question everyone asks is, Why does God let these bad things happen? Why doesn’t he let all of these babies and kids have long and “normal” lives?
Why do bad things happen? Because of what happened back in the garden of Eden. On the sixth day of creation, God made Adam and Eve, and they had a perfect relationship with God. To give them free will, He told them, “You may freely eat the fruit of every tree in the garden—except the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. If you eat its fruit, you are sure to die” (Gen. 2:16,17).
As we all know, Satan tempted Adam and Eve, and they sinned by choosing to eat the fruit that they knew beforehand would bring death (God is a communicator!). Not only did temporal death enter the world through that one action, but so did an eternal life away from God for those who did not trust in His prophecy of a coming Messiah.
Romans 5:12 says, “When Adam sinned, sin entered the world. Adam’s sin brought death, so death spread to everyone, for everyone sinned.” This is also known as original sin, and it is the reason why every man, woman, girl, and boy are born sinners and born without a reconciled relationship to God.
Bad things happen because sin has entered this world!
Romans 6:23 tells us, “For the wages of sin is death.“ God doesn’t bring death. Sin brings death, and doesn’t care how old you are. Even in our sin and death, God still desires that we have life! This is why He sent His Son as the perfect substitute for our sins; so that we can have life not only on this earth, but also eternal life without tears and suffering on the new earth to come.
“…That through death He [Christ] might destroy the one who has the power of death, that is, the devil.” Hebrews 2:14
“He will wipe every tear from their eyes, and there will be no more death or sorrow or crying or pain. All these things are gone forever.” Revelation 21:4
So when you think about the age-old question, “Why do bad things happen to good people?” We can remember that it’s not God’s fault, nor was it His plan (though He did have a plan for redeeming us). Bad things happen because we are unholy sinners living in a sin-filled and Satan-ruled world.
God is loving and merciful despite our temporal circumstances, whether that be someone dying, losing a job, or a relationship destroyed. God has never forsaken us, His children, and for us there is always joy and peace to be had.
To be continued.