Wednesday, 19 October 2011

Bad stuff happens

All things come alike to all: One event happens to the righteous and the wicked; To the good, the clean, and the unclean; To him who sacrifices and him who does not sacrifice. As is the good, so is the sinner; He who takes an oath as he who fears an oath. - Ecclesiastes 9v2
Bad things happen. But, as the author once asked, why do bad things happen to good people?  Bad things happen to good people because bad things happen. They happen to good people and bad people. Bad things happen to the clean and unclean. They happen to the faithful and the unfaithful. Bad things just happen.

It is part of living in a sin cursed world. Though we can escape the penalty for sin and we can escape the power of sin over our lives, we cannot escape the presence of sin in a world cursed by it since the Fall.

As hard as that is to swallow we had better take it on board. Bad things happen and they happen to the best and godliest people alive. Being God’s follower does not mean we are going to miss the bad stuff.

But there is a difference. God’s people don’t have to go through the bad stuff alone. Our God promises to be with us in the bad things that come our way. We don’t have to face the bad stuff alone.

Praise God that though bad stuff happens, we have a good God to carry us through it. 

1 comment:

Ed Franklin said...

But now thus says the LORD, he who created you, O Jacob, he who formed you, O Israel: "Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you.
(Isaiah 43:1-2)