Do bad things really happen to good people?

We know that bad things happen to everyone.  Everyone is going to have bad things happen in their lives.  It is a fact of life.  Jesus himself said in John 16:33, “In this world, you will have tribulation…” and then he added, “but be of good cheer for I have overcome the world.”

Many people blame God for their problems.  They think, well, if God is in control of all things, why did he let this happened?  Why did allow the hurricanes to pass over and destroy?  Why did he allow the earthquake?  Why did he allow that 18-year-old girl to be raped and killed?  If he oversees everything then he’s responsible for all the bad stuff too.  It sounds logical, but is it biblical.  Does the Bible teach us that God is responsible for all the evil in the world and all the bad stuff that happens to people? Look at what Paul wrote in Romans 10:

10 as it is written: There is no one righteous, not even one. 11 There is no one who understands; there is no one who seeks God. 12 All have turned away; all alike have become worthless. There is no one who does what is good, not even one.13 Their throat is an open grave; they deceive with their tongues. Vipers’ venom is under their lips. 14 Their mouth is full of cursing and bitterness. 15 Their feet are swift to shed blood;16 ruin and wretchedness are in their paths,17 and the path of peace they have not known.18 There is no fear of God before their eyes.

We need to realize  that there is no such thing as a good person.  There are only two types of people in the world:  bad people and bad people who have been saved by grace.  You know what we do, we like to play the comparison game.  We like to think, “well, I may do bad things, but I am not as bad as that guy.”  Everyone had this tendency to of ourselves better than who we really are.  Later in Romans, Paul warned against this type of thinking:

For by the grace given to me, I tell everyone among you not to think of himself more highly than he should think. Instead, think sensibly, as God has distributed a measure of faith to each one. (Romans 12:3)

Don’t think about yourself more than you really are.  You need to be honest in your evaluation of yourself.  The measurement by which you are to judge yourself is your amount of faith.  We aren’t to evaluate ourselves by comparing ourselves to others around us because I am quite sure than everyone can find someone who is worse behaved than they are.  We are to evaluate ourselves according to the faith we have in God.

The whole question, “why do bad things happened to good people” is a false premise.  It is an unbiblical statement.  Some of you may be thinking, “no, I really am a good person.  I do good things.  I haven’t murdered anyone.” The problem is that we aren’t good people.  Look at how Jeremiah described the human condition:

The heart is more deceitful than anything else, and incurable—who can understand it? (Jeremiah 17:9)

We must stop believing in good people.  We must realize everyone has a problem; the same problem.  There are those who will admit they have a problem and those who will deny they have a problem.  Which one are you?  If you admit you have a problem, then you will want to know what is the solution for the problem and the solution is found in Jesus Christ.  God knows we have a problem that we can’t solve, so in the fullness of time, he sent his son Jesus to earth.  The purpose of sending Jesus to earth was so that he would die for all the bad people, the entire world, and through his death and shed blood provide a way of deliverance.  If you will admit that you are a sinner, that you are a bad person, and believe in your heart that Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross saves you from your sin, and confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord, then the Bible says, you will be saved.

You see, the question is not why do bad things happen to good people.  The real question is, why does God allow good things to happen to bad people?  I think we fail to appreciate just how dark our sin is and how offensive we are to God and if we can’t understand how offensive we are, then we will fail to appreciate how incredible God is in his response to us.  Instead of destroying us because of our rebellion, instead of abandoning us, instead of lashing out in vengeance; look at how God responds:

But God proves his own love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. (Romans 5:8)

Isn’t that amazing?  God didn’t say, “humanity, get your act together and then I will help you.”  God didn’t say, “Man, I am done with you.  You are such a disappointment.” God looked at us, as pathetic, worthless, creatures and said, “I love you.”  I love you, but he didn’t just say it; he proved it.  God proved his love for us while we were still sinners.  God doesn’t expect you to get your life cleaned up and become a good person before he does a work in your life as if that is even possible.  God wants you to realize that you aren’t a good person and can’t do anything to make yourself good.  He wants you to acknowledge that you need Jesus.

Why does God allow good things to happen to bad people?  God causes good to happen to us because he loves us!  How great is the Father’s love for us, how vast beyond all measure that he would send his only son to make a wretch his treasure?  God loves you.  Will you accept his love for you?

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