I hear this question a lot “Why do bad things happen to good people?” In a few cases, I have seen people use this question to attempt to disprove God. I want to address this question right away with another question. Can you truly show me a person who is without sin? If not, what merits someone to be called “good?” Aren’t we all fall of sin and in need of God’s grace?
But from a human standpoint, there is such thing as a good person and a bad person. So why do the “good” people have to suffer harm?
Let’s look at Job. Job was very good in God’s eyes.
In the land of Uz there lived a man whose name was Job. This man was blameless and upright; he feared God and shunned evil.
Yet he lost everything he had, all his family, livestock, money, slaves, everything. He even suffered physical pain. So why did this good man have to suffer? From my understanding, his suffering served God by teaching us and the rest of the world what a man of God was really like, that the ‘best’ of us, is still going to have to suffer and to teach integrity. The second reason was to receive a blessing. When Job finished suffering, God blessed him with more than he had at first.
Job teaches us integrity and that God is with you and will bless you.
This is the answer I really wanted to present. Bad things happen to good people because of our sin. We all fall short of the glory of God, and we all sin daily. It is because of our sin, and because of original sin that we suffer. Now we must pay the consequences of our sin. Jesus died to save us from eternal damnation, but not to save us from all of our daily consequences of sin. It is because of our sin that good people suffer. Sin knows no right or wrong, sin does not know the difference between good people and bad people.
The question I think we should ask ourselves is not “Why do bad things happen to good people”? but rather “Why do bad things happen to God, and why did He have to pay the ultimate sacrifice for our sins?” Think about that. God is perfect. Why does God have to suffer the pain of His lost loved ones day in and day out. When we suffer, He suffers. Why did God have to sacrifice His Son to pay for our sins? Why do we blame God for everything that goes bad? Why are we as a nation abandoning God? God doesn’t deserve us, He deserves much more than us. Yet He loves us the same. Yet He chooses to suffer with us, so that He can be closer to us. He doesn’t have to, He choose to, long ago, before He even made us, He knew we would betray Him, but He choose to make us anyways.
What love is this that we don’t deserve?
- Necessary Tension (jessicabuckland.wordpress.com)
- “Why Do the Righteous Suffer?”: Wisdom From the Book of Job (thomaslovesjesus.wordpress.com)
- Endure to the End and be Saved (escapetoreality.org)