Segment 2 (9:50) – God allows sinful things to happen but never causes them. Reason #3 – God does not want to remove all those who commit evil. While I’m a Louisiana girl at heart, I reside in Little Rock, the capital city for Arkansas. Remember, we only see things dimly in this world. But even if you should suffer for righteousness’ sake, you will be blessed. “Everything happens for a reason” is not in the Bible but “God promises to work all things to good for those who love him” is. Nice article Peter! Paul writes, “We know that all things work together for good for those who love God, who are called according to His purpose,” (Romans 8:28). The world abhors the thought of suffering and cannot imagine how a loving God can allow it. This was the case with my new Senior Pastor, Pastor Jeff Gill. This is akin to those “share Jesus to ten friends or go to hell”memes I sometimes see. Thank you for posting this. In Jesus’ Name, Amen. You cause or allow everything that happens. Thank you, thank you, thank you, for sharing this. Sure Elise, I totally understand. Peter thank you for your story I had to read it twice when I saw you said you were 17 .What a blessing to hear of a young man with all the temptations of this world at that age trying to do right in Gods eyes,Its hard living in a worldly place on earth. Answer: The Bible describes God as holy (Isaiah 6:3), righteous (Psalm 7:11), just (Deuteronomy 32:4), and sovereign (Daniel 4:17-25). Instead accept the truth and answers that only Jesus, Christ can offer; even when it doesn’t make sense in our own minds. The love of a mother for her child is so ingrained in me that I wanted to share that in a story. It really hurts when grieving but we have got to trust God. We can’t make ourselves have faith by trying to conjure it up or repeating a scripture over and over. Unfortunately, that didn’t happen. I’ve been asked why I opted for a heroine who is an ASL translator and who has a deaf son. God’s creation reflected His nature–perfect. Know God–for much of the story, Elise didn’t have anything to do with God as she was still angry at Him for the losses she had experienced over the course of her life. For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven: Romans 8:28-30 ESV / 63 helpful votes Helpful Not Helpful. When these things happen to Christians, we often hear, “Why do bad things happen to God’s people?” That question is, of course, a take-off on the title of Rabbi Harold Kushner’s 1981 best-seller, When Bad Things Happen to Good People. For over two years I had and still struggle with 5 autoimmune diseases. But thank God that we have a God who works all things together for our good for those who love Him and are the called according to His purpose . If you’re a child of God, then God has a plan for your life. Peter Guirguis May 12, 2015 Encouragement 53 Comments. Theft is morally wrong, where accidentally breaking your leg is not. But if we persevere, we develop our characters. May God give you strength, faith, and the grace to go through what you are going through. The newest one was misdiagnosed by two so called specialists in the field. In the book Dead Silence by Robin Carroll, the main character had a son who was a deaf-mute. Some will be revealed to us, some won’t. Thank you very much for sharing your thoughts with us Debayudh. Thank you for sharing that great insight . Hi Vivian, I pray you are doing better physically and emotionally. Here are sixteen Bible passages that help us understand why God allows the presence of evil and suffering in the world: God has a purpose in everything he allows. Oh my goodness, Elise, what a powerful testimony you have! Dennis Sagt. Many years down the road, I lost my marriage and this really affected me. I soon went through a devestating event, and lost everything I owned in a huge flood that came without any warning or clues. When Paul says, “God, who works all things according to the counsel of his will, specifically predestined us,” it doesn’t mean “He really doesn’t work all things according to the counsel of his will; he only predestined us.” That’s exactly the opposite of the way Paul is arguing. Years later, God used Joseph to save his entire family from starvation. The story starts fast and the pace is maintained throughout the book but there were some things that didn’t add up for me or were never explained. A Excellent post,can come as an enlightenment to many people who have lost faith in God,due to various reasons.From my personal experience,i can say that,everything god allows, happens for a reason.I am of of Hindu faith,and in the Vedas,it is said that,a successful person is one,who has rid himself of the greed,malice and ambition.He knows that these are universal bondage,created by the devil,which leads one away from god.He is happy and contempt,whether,people praise him or curse him.He knows that there is only one ultimate way,and that is the way of god. That’s going to lead us to reason number three, why God allows suffering in the world today. I hope your answer is no and that you understand that while the parent was not the reason the child fell, the parent permitted it to happen. Please help me pray to know what God is telling me to do. But do know this Peter that we do good because our soul wants to please God not for brownie points but because its our desire because we cant earn his love OK…One pastor that I turned on to my sons on to when a teenager is Leading the way with Michael Youssef And there are more Like Charles Stanley but the reason they enjoyed Michael Youseff is because when he preaches you learn a lot of history with him he used to be an Atheist he is from Egypt check it out .Find friends that are on the same path as you desire to follow Christ.Find a healthy church as I was growing up i went to so many different and some were very charismatic and not always lined up with the word with a lot of slaying in the spirit not that God cant do that but not cookie cutter style as these evangelical churches are doing and speaking in tongues Gods word says if its from me then only two speak in tongues and one interpreter then you know its from me God says … its that type of worship causes a socio psychosomatic manipulation .No church is perfect but one that if lined up in the word. He deceived the woman by telling her that if she disobeyed God she would become like Him–knowing the difference between good and evil. Romans 8:28. I’m not saying that God is the cause of these car accidents that took Pastor Jon’s wife and daughter away. All the time, Pastor Jon says that there was one verse that God kept on bringing to his mind during both tragedies in his life. The problem we have as humans is that we conceive God the way we think He’s supposed to operate, which means that we limit Him to our own human conception and understanding instead of seeing Him in the context of His own sovereignty as the God of the universe. God is orderly. My ex boyfriend threw me to the ground and restrained me while he assaulted me- I was almost beaten to death, and every doctor was puzzled how I survived. Lord, I praise You as the Creator and Orchestrator of earth and life and all things that happen. The LORD has made everything for its purpose, even the wicked for the day of trouble. I know that God’s ways confound even the wise, and I am, by no means, among that group, and in so knowing that I continue to love and trust him, but it makes me wonder what it is I am praying for when I pray for his protection for myself, for my loved ones, for my country, for the world. It also certainly does not mean that God doesn’t exist. 2. This has been said more than once. All things are either caused by Him or allowed by Him for His own purposes and through His perfect will and timing…. To fulfill his divine plan. after having to be heavily medicated with anxiety pills, to do the smallest task, like walking to the mailbox, I soon developed a crippling case of survivors guilt. !BUT for some reason I sucommed and agreed to talk with her for anew minutes.When asked I gave her my name and to my utter amazement she said she knew about me,told me where I lived and that I had been recently hospitalised and which hospital it was,,,,,I was flabbergasted and couldn’t understand how she knew so much about me.It turned out that her best friend had been on the same ward as me and had told her about this woman on the ward who had sat at her bedside and told her all about the love that God had for her And this woman had prayed with her!!!! Conversely, those who “sow” to the flesh are going to reap a life without the full blessings of God, both in this life and the life to come (Jeremiah 18:10; 2 Peter 2:10–12). Sorry Randall, I’m not sure what you’re referring to. Reading through psalms really helped me because I realized that God responded to David because of David’s integrity…and I had to ultimately come to the conclusion…I didn’t have integrity to live the life I knew I should be living. A car left it lane into my lane and straight hit my car. I’m going through battle with myself, this is my guilt my hurt my pain my fear. When you’re going through a difficult circumstance, don’t walk away from God. I am am now scared to drive. Is it the parent’s fault that the child fell? I hope you and your cousin is in such a relationship with Him. It’s blue skies and green lights in all areas of your life. May they be my daily bread and Fill me and be able to apply them to my daily challenges. What God orchestrates and allows is meaningful, significant, and purposeful. God will sometimes use bad situations in our lives to transform our character so that we can be more like His Son. And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose. Why Does God Allow Suffering Bible Verses, Why does God allow suffering? I’m pretty sure that he had his weak moments. 16:4) God’s wrath is righteous. Answer Save. Followed by being held up at gunpoint, robbed and pistol whipped by a man who murdered 4 innocent victims that same week- which resulted in the development of PTSD, and tortured by multiple, daily panic attacks so severe I would lose consciousness within seconds and my hands would tense up into a position we started to refer to as the “t-Rex” hands- even causing a dangerous wreck where I smashed into the vehicle in front of mine so hard, that my car looked like an acordian, and on a handful of occasions woke up to being carried by a total stranger on my college campus, rushing me to the health clinic at my school. I’m Aminata Coote. Then on the morning I was to drive 180 miles back home. Finally in November of last year, I saw a specialist who nailed it, put on medication that is helping beyond belief. Whether you’re a believer in God or not, most of us believe or have believed in God at some point in our lives. Things Happen for a Reason. Then, and this is where I am livid and wonder where God is. I was completely hopeless, and use to ask God through tears of despair to just give me a minute to catch my breath before I was faced with the next tragedy. When we accept Jesus as our Lord and Saviour we begin the process of sanctification. The reason why God allows people to sin and be tempted to sin is not for us to know — at least for now (Deuteronomy 29:29). We must always remember the doctrine of sovereignty, if we don’t we won’t understand why bad things happen. The Bible talks a lot about suffering. God allows all things to happen for valid reasons. God Bless! I don’t make excuses for him anymore. When bad things happen you may be tempted to ask, “Where is God when you need Him? You are a fighter and a survivor whose worth is more than rubies!!! Why does God allow bad things to happen? But I am saying that God permitted these trials to happen for certain reasons. You are most welcome. God used them for good. 1. For example, if I get a negative thought that says, “This situation is so bad,” then I replace it with a godly truth and I say to myself, “I can trust God because He will deliver me from this problem just like He’s delivered me in the past.”. There is no logical contradiction between God being Infinitely Good, Infinitely Powerful, and allowing bad things to happen. The only answer, I thought, to the constant “WHY’s” I experienced everyday was, suicide. May God bless you in all that you do . Am at my limits. First, God works all things according to his will. You can find out more about Robin by visiting www.robincaroll.com. And no, I don’t really expect an answer. Bible verses related to Bad Things That Happen To Good People from the King James Version (KJV) by Relevance - Sort By Book Order Jeremiah 29:11 - For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end. It Reminds Us of the Reality of Sin. Nothing happens that is out of His knowledge and control. And when these hard times come, we feel it … Although the Lord told him to go to Nineveh to "cry against it for their wickedness," Jonah boarded a ship "to flee to Tarshish from the presence of the Lord" (v. 2-3). Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, this he will also reap. I felt relief , while planning how I was going to kill myself. So, even if Jesus isn’t enough to justify directly the claim that God sustains the world (even though He teaches that God sustains the world: Matthew 10:29–30), He justifies it indirectly, since He gives us good reason to believe the Bible is true, which teaches that God sustains the world. You ask God to help you out, but your bad situation doesn’t change. I hope the curious non saved did not see this cheap attempt on their conscience, and simply give up on Christ. While it is true that nothing happens outside of the will of God–He is not surprised by anything that happens but He is not necessarily the cause of it. But one thing is for sure. You are the all-powerful King of all creation. Before she can decide what she needs to do, she receives the information that her son is rushed to the ER and she must leave. Why does God allow good people to suffer and die? The simple answer is, yes, everything happens for a reason, but keep in mind that things can happen due to a variety of reasons. Segment 1 (0:00) – God is in control of everything and allows everything that happens, including calamities. I had an awful huge mountain of heartache. God allows all things to happen for valid reasons. When she isn’t writing, Robin spends quality time with her husband of nearly three decades, her three beautiful daughters and two handsome grandsons, and their character-filled pets at home. We have to figure it out and do that thing and only that thing. The Bible verse that I want to share with you is Romans 3:32, which says: But it’s different when bad things happen to “good people”. Talk to the most successful people in life and they’ll tell you that they changed for the better when they faced adversity. Sometimes it’s hard to be thankful amidst the death of loved ones or financial hardships. Reply . I love fishing. No matter what may come my way. Similarly, what God does (or allows to happen) has a reason or many reasons. God is good all the time, all the time God is good. Along with countless smaller but still severe injuries from head to toe. You pray that there’ll be an 180-degree U-turn in your circumstance, but nothing happens. Here are some reasons from the Bible, why God may remove some people from your life. During all of those times, we are to turn to God, surrender to Him, and put our trust in Him for the solution to our problems. The Bible also tells us “faith comes by hearing and hearing from the Word of God.” I recently heard someone speak on us being deceived we have more faith than we do because these thoughts are coming from our soul (mind, will and emotions) but it is not empowered by the Spirit because it is not real faith. For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, … Romans 8:28 tells us that all things work together for good, for those that love God and are the called according to His purposes. Adam represented us (1 Corinthians 15:22) so that when he sinned in the Garden of Eden, we ended up suffering the consequences of his rebellion. God permits all, and all is for our good, so it stands to reason that if we are of true faith, we’re grateful to God for Everything that happens, right? But according to the verse, it's pretty clear that God doesn't cause bad things to happen. Have no fear of them, nor be troubled, but in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect, having a good conscience, so that, when you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ may be put to shame. Are natural disasters caused by God or Satan? Introduction The reasons why a loving God would allow so much evil in the world are a mystery and a stumbling block to faith for many people. If I give you this Bible verse, then you’re going to understand where I’m going with this. When bad things happen to us, it’s easy to think that God doesn’t care about you, or that He isn’t involved in the world today. I saw online that its psalms 37:5 but in the bible psalms 37:5 is something else? Hi Debra, that’s a great question that Elizabeth answered. The beautiful thing about God is that He is not untouched when we suffer, God is with us even in the midst of our suffering. i have been looking for answers to my ” whys”. It also could be related to why things happen the way they do. The only way we can fully profit from it, though, is by being in a good relationship with Him through Christ and allowing ourselves to be shaped by it. It’s not really that God is allowing us to suffer or allowing bad things to happen to good people, it’s a sin thing. 2 Arise, go to Nineveh the great city and cry against it, for their wickedness has come up before Me." If God loves us, why does he allow pain and suffering? She shared with me some of her frustrations, but also how her way of life is in comparison to mine. I ended up believing that He didn’t exist, and that’s why I became an atheist for eight years of my life. This question is often asked in times of deep despair and mourning. God allows tests in our lives and rarely … May God reveal His perfect will in your life . It’s easy to think of God sometimes as your uncaring boss at work. Lv 7. All the things after sin entered the world, reflect the enemy. Thanks all. One day, she “overheard” the plot to kill a US senator who happened to be her mother-in-law. Really, this a ground level question. Hi, there…Robin here. Before we dive in, we need to make sure that we have a proper perspective of the whole picture. 0 1. You are truly in control. Why are you reading this if you lack love for God? Thank you. The devil is a liar and wants us to I think that means he always controls everything. Looking forward to being able to communicate with you soon! I love scrapbooking. Let’s chat soon!!! I would like to know the answer to that as well. Couldn’t read the article until I either selected to read the book, or that I wanted no part of God’s voice. A 30,000 foot view. I hope that you enjoy reading Dead Silence as much as I enjoyed writing it. In order for us to love God truly and accept His salvation, we must have an absolute ability to choose it for ourselves. She told me she suspected another underlying problem connected to this new autoimmune disease and referred me to another specialist. Thank you for your patience! I hope that I portrayed my characters in this positive light. I was out of town on business, thing were good I had some pain nothing I could not handle. You cause or allow everything that happens. Thank you Peter. Rabbi Kushner attempted to answer that question as a result of an incurable disease which afflicted his son. We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance. He sets the time for birth and the time for death, the time for planting and the time for pulling up, As Christians, we need to be reminded that everything that happens to us in our life is allowed by God. Are natural disasters caused by God or Satan? When God created the world, it was perfect. "> Though everything may not happen for a reason, what we find in the Bible is that God will redeem us, restore us, help us, and cause a good outcome for those of us who love him and follow Him. You know the kind that sits down in his office with his feet up on his desk, clipping his nails? So God has to get you off your way so you can avoid a major collision on your life-journey. Another explanation as to why God allows bad things to happen is due to Adamic representation. Yes, God Knows the Future “I am God, and there is none like me, declaring the end from the beginning and from ancient times things not yet done, saying, ‘My counsel shall stand, and I will accomplish all my purpose’” (Isaiah 46:9–10).“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope” (Jeremiah 29:11). July 30th 2016 12.30pm. It got me to thinking that being deaf could be thought of as a disability but could also be used as an advantage…it was all in how you looked at it. Since Bill and Hilary Clinton lived here and claimed it home before Bill was President, we have many political plans and posturing here. After that, continue reading to find out the three reasons why God sometimes allows bad things to happen in your life. You can give me your contact information privately by sending it through my contact form if you like https://notashamedofthegospel.com/contact, Hi peter! To become more like Him. 2. What we do know is that when bad things happen, we should not rage against God. Unless I’m missing something and there are some things which happen and we should NOT thank God for…. Did God create evil, or does He just allow it? I don’t believe in any religion fully but i guess if i had to choose 1 I’m closest to id say christian i like to believe what some people call karma is actually god if you listen to all of his hints and stay true to yourself he will always be there to help you. Maybe it’s the death of a loved one. The drive was beyond excruciating, I have dealt with pain but not like this. It’s like something broke and I don’t care. How God Works. Robin gives back to the writing community by serving as executive director/conference director for ACFW. The idea that the evil and suffering in the world present an unanswerable challenge to believers is finally being admitted by more open-minded researchers. God made everything to happen for a reason. Praying for you, Harry! Bad things happen because of sin. reply; Aaron Lyon. 1. And not even a full year passed before I was back in the emergency room, screaming in pain, and asking God “WHY?” again- after months of testing I was diagnosed with severe fibromyalgia and haven’t lived a single day since then, where Im not in debilitating pain and discomfort. I believe that there will be many trials that we go in life that we cannot handle. Free will— This is perhaps the main reason. In a lot of ways, this book seemed more like a cozy than a true mystery complete with bumbling cops. Why Does God Allow Bad Things to Happen? Pastor Jeff’s story is that he was a successful businessman who had his own company. Your email address will not be published. Did the parent cause the child to fall? As the curvy road was winding, he was in a head-on car accident with his wife. God draws us to Himself and makes us holy. To understand how this works, think about a parent-child relationship. “For God knows that when you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil” (Genesis 3:5 NIV). Doing so allows us to better understand Him. I invite you to walk with me on this journey to know God, know ourselves and run our race. Why do bad things happen to good people? But when you stray from a good path usually he punishes and those are usually your down times think about when bad stuff happens to you and just think of god as santa he watches you and racks up your naughty list points and than pow all of the bad things you done weather it be little or big will get paid back to you in a fair manner usually whatever is painful enough to learn a lesson he just wants you to learn from it and become a better person he’s always testing and always trying to teach and the closer you are with him the more you will understand him and the more you see these test and lessons it becomes so visible his genuine care and understanding of you. Lots of problems since my childhood.iam fear to anything now. but the important thing from bouncing back from times like this both into life and into your relationship with god is to admit your faults to god and repent he will forgive you he will always forgive you won’t know right away he will only show you that he forgives when you earn it make the necessary changes to your deep down wrong doings and do what you can to make up for any of it if you can and he will forgive and probably even reward. Even though God is immensely good, bad things will happen. These are the truths we know about God from the Bible. Sometimes we have to admit we just don’t know and instead of going crazy and trying … Also, I believe that trials and bad things are used to make us turn or return to God and become humble and dependent on Him. He has total control of all things past, present and future. This doctor increased the current medication which blew the two processes out of the water. This can be done through constant prayer throughout the day as praying just in the morning or at night will not be enough to get one through the hard times. God knew that sin would lead to suffering. I thought I was unrepairable and worthless. May I please have your permission to publish your story in my book? function gtag(){dataLayer.push(arguments);} Pingback: Hopi Prophecies, Pahana, and Jesus | When is Jesus Coming Back? I must say, when she first asked, I was stumped because it is a question I have personally wrestled with for many years. He waits patiently as our Father hoping we will turn to Him for encouragement and strength. Often, bad things happen to us that we simply cannot understand. Bad things happen because sin is written in our DNA. I battled with self harm and started to party excessively as a distraction, to the chaos my life was. It isn’t when everything is hunky-dory that you end up experiencing a change in your character. Just think about Joseph. I have to say, I love this book. 47 Bible Verses about Everything Happening For A Reason ‹ › Most Relevant Verses. Bad things happen because of sin. I’ve shared about it before in my personal story of how I came to faith, lost my faith and then came back. Introduction The reasons why a loving God would allow so much evil in the world are a mystery and a stumbling block to faith for many people. A woman approached me on the main high street,asking me to answer a few survey questions,something I was always avoiding and reluctant to to do! You just have to put your trust in Him and endure for a season. These experiences can often leave Christians wondering why, if God loves us, he still allows such things to happen. Each of us knows firsthand what it means to suffer as a result of … I cried out to God in my wilderness with no answer or word from Him. Why do good people sometimes suffer terribly while evil people live lives of ease? However, the spirit is willing but the flesh is weak. Was it God’s fault, your fault, or the hotel’s fault? Just because God doesn’t bring your trial to an end, then it doesn’t mean that He’s not listening when you pray. People suffer and experience trials because of sin. I believe that the Bible teaches that God will not allow us to be tempted more than we can handle, but that is different than going through trials. God used a literal storm to draw Jonah to repentance (Jonah 1:1-17). May I please ask you what it is that you were searching for online that led you to this post? I ma still confused as to why this happened. And by the way, please feel free to just call me Peter since I’m not a pastor. The simple answer is, yes, everything happens for a reason, but keep in mind that things can happen due to a variety of reasons. Thankfully I am a grateful christian, who is unaffected by such cheap ploys. The the driver does not know why he did that to me. God sees your entire life, and He’s preparing you for what’s ahead. God loves you, He cares about you, and He’s going to be there for you every step of the way. 15 Bible Verses about Everything Happens For A Reason. Why? I’m getting so excited for the release of my thirty-fourth novel, DEAD SILENCE. I just don’t get it. Truths about God. i completely ignored his lessons and more so disrespected my fathers wishes who has only done nice stuff for me that i dont even deserve. I’ve left my husbands email bc he checks it everyday! God allows trials in our lives, but even when things are bleak all things work together for your good and God’s glory. Everything that God does for us, he does for our own good. But we are to be of good cheer, because He has overcome the world. He watches all of his employees do the hard work and having difficulties, but he doesn’t lift a finger to help out. I also did not like the way the FBI agents were portrayed. (Prov. These Bible verses give us a hint. I have been going through 2 different trials since July. He teaches us through our experiences how to depend on Him. And the onset of my anger and resentment questions with God asking “WHY?” became something I dealt with every single day. You’re going through life, and you think that everything is going wonderfully. It was the raw and stripped down truth that I was able to apply to each circumstance individually and to my entire life, collectively- that didn’t lead to more questions or didn’t need any previous bible knowledge required,the reality is- you might not ever learn or hear the answers you’re looking for…but you will find the peace and content required to begin truly healing and moving on, from the one who knit you together in the womb, Jesus. Beautiful post and very thoughtful comments from observers. Yet none of us can ever fully understand all he has done, and he puts questions in our minds about the past and the future. Sometimes the reason He doesn’t reverse the bad things that happen in your life is because God has three choices. As much as parents probably wish they could control the behavior of their children to the minutest detail, every child has free will–just as the parents do. The Man of Lawlessness … 10 and with every wicked deception directed against those who are perishing, because they refused the love of the truth that would have saved them. To revolt against God is to fall prey to the devil. And Paul, through the Holy Spirit, gives us a promise of God to all believers, “And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose” (Romans 8:28). Anonymous. Romans 8:28 Who Is the Author of Evil? I’m horrible with emails and to be honest, didn’t think anyone would read my comment. 11 God makes everything happen at the right time. As far as your question about why life is so hard for you; The first thing that came to mind is the verse that Jesus said that in this life we will have tribulation. He hit the nail on the head, finally giving a name to the underlying process, I had suffered with since childhood. We need not to seek nor understand those reasons, but to have faith in His wisdom. Thankfully, God uses adversity and trials to bring us from self centeredness to Christ likeness. I know it’s been 6months since you shared your story, but I feel the Holy Spirit is leading me to share with you and others, to know of the life saving truth I received when I was at the lowest and most desperate state of my life. I received an advanced reader’s copy from the publishers courtesy of Celebrate Lit and NetGalley; a positive review was not required. He used the suffering of our Savior to forgive our sins. This doctor is amazing, after examining me. God allows trials in our lives so we will grow up spiritually. Oct 10, 2014 - No one wants to have their heart crushed. For example, it seemed pretty easy to get to a US senator in her home especially one who had been fairly vocal about some very controversial issues. God is able to use our pain to do good things. I was at the end of my rope, and couldn’t see past the darkness and pain that my life consisted of starting from the tender age of 3. How come God isn’t answering your prayers? Know yourself–one thing I had to give Elise credit for–she had a strong sense of self. But before Elise can report the crime, she gets a call that her son, a deaf-mute, had an accident and is in the hospital. – liferiiimagined, https://notashamedofthegospel.com/contact. Your email address will not be published. When things go our way, we can become prideful or selfor reliant. The first answer is simple: To fulfill his divine plan. It … He knows the struggles and heartbreak you have seen, and has a plan for your life!!! -Elise. The way that I do this is that every time that I have a negative thought come into my mind, I replace it with one of God’s truths. Here are four things to remember when God allows bad things to happen to good people: 1. Verse Concepts. We know from the Bible that faith is a gift of God. Sadly this dear lady had since passed away with cancer…….but I believe that that woman is in heaven now!! Hopi Prophecies, Pahana, and Jesus | When is Jesus Coming Back? From the story of creation in Genesis chapter 1, we can see that God has a plan. Whether or not we understand His reasons, we must remember that God is good, just, loving, and merciful (Psalm 135:3). God has decreed all that has ever happened and ever will happen and ultimately brings about all things he has purposed. Relevance . 11 For this reason God will send them a powerful delusion so that they believe the lie, 12 in order that judgment may come upon all who have disbelieved the truth and delighted in wickedness.… Invading problems promote spiritual maturity. I think it’s not just you that struggles with this, but there are many other Christians who struggle with it as well. So he punishes me now i don’t have a car and i have to deal with all the disappointment. For example mental illness, why bad things happen to good people, why God answers some prayers & not others. If God is so good, why does He allow suffering and pain? Lol I wrote you a novel but God wanted me to tell you this and since I have sons they are grown now but they always volunteered and worked in healthy ministries in summer. He and his wife were well-off financially. Great post. If you’re human, then you’ve probably made some decisions that you’ve regretted. A Counterfeit ‘Ruler’ of This Fallen World. Since God owns everything, it is not sinful for him to take a life or destroy something. "God has a reason for allowing things to happen. God’s creation reflected His nature–perfect. How can a good God allow bad things to happen? In my opinion, people who quote that Scripture take it out of context. If God loves us, why does he allow pain and suffering? Thanks. This is kind of how the permissive will of God works. Her books have been recognized in such contests as the Carol Award, Holt Medallion, Daphne du Maurier, RT Reviewer’s Choice Award, Bookseller’s Best, and Book of the Year. Pingback: Are you Close to your Breakthrough? As the psalmist puts it, our trials give us the chance to learn God’s law. I take a huge ugly fall in the hotel bathroom. There is just providence. Karma rules us all. God is sovereign and in control of all things. This is the eighth accident very similar. Required fields are marked *. As Christians, we are called to be holy as God is holy (Leviticus 19:2). Your Faith— Let’s take a moment and try to step into God’s shoes. 3. Now let’s picture a parent who has repeatedly told their child not to do a particular thing–for example, run in the house because there could be undesirable consequences like falling. My friend shared many stories of how she “eavesdropped” by reading lips and learned much about people and how they reacted to issues, enough that it led her into her career field today—a counselor, specializing in providing therapy for the hearing impaired as they live in a hearing world. . Yes it truth everything happens with a strong reason from God because He knows the best and you and i must have faith in it untill God give His blessing on us. A few years later, Jon’s daughter was involved in a car accident at exactly the same spot on that curvy road. He has the power to do all things: "Whatever the LORD pleases, he does, in heaven and on earth, in the seas and all deeps" (Psalm 135:6). #hebrews12endurance #bibleverse #biblestudycommunity, God is able to use our pain to do good things, Why You Should Let Go and Let God Handle Your Ministry, 8 Creative Tips for Spending Time With God, 50 Life-changing Spiritual Goals to Try Right Now, 3 Excellent Reasons to Trust that God Has A Plan, 5 Inspiring Reasons to Celebrate that God Is Our Portion, 12 Scriptures to Encourage You to Have Faith in God, Hebrews 12 Endurance Ministries Privacy Policy. It is good for me that I have been afflicted, that I may learn Your statutes (Psalm 119:71 NKJV). We become people who can point others to Christ. My husband is Jewish so I know all about the holocaust, and I watched a movie last night about the Armenian genocide. I noticed no one answered Elizabeth’s question. He works all things according to the counsel of his will. There is death, disease, and suffering. Her love for her son—willing to do anything to protect him is a mother’s instinct I relate to so well, having three daughters and two grandsons. Instead of doubting … Many years ago, he and his wife were driving on a wintry day. I know Jesus Christ is real ik his words is true but figuring it out in his word that trapping myself in my lustfulness self pleasing being judgemental not having faith in Jesus, not having a personal relationship with him being a hypocrite arrogant boastful envy jealous prideful self-centered fleshly needs dishonoring my parents/myself seeing the evilest smile in me scares me being with a woman I did not truly loved or her 3 boys in a godly way I do truly care about them but I want they forgiveness ik its not going to happened and ik God forgiveness I should go after first but I can’t get myself to truly repent for my sins I know loves and cares for me and don’t want to hide from my sins anymore I God answer me from sinful soul and I know he can through his only son Christ so whoever see this this letter I truly hope they turns from their wicked ways so God can move in they lives and can be saved and live for Christ only God have the last words in your life HE IS SOOO REAL ITS NOT A LIE OR FAKE HE IS TRULY REAL SO PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE REPENT DON’T BECOME LIKE ME IT’S NEVER TO LATE FOR YOU DON’T GIVE UP ON HIM LORD FORGIVE ME I’M SOOO SORRY…., Kevin if you need someone to talk to, I’m here. The medics were wonderfully caring. That, in a nutshell, is the answer to the so-called problem. He has the power to do all things: "Whatever the LORD pleases, he does, in heaven and on earth, in the seas and all deeps" (Psalm 135:6). Is Being Gay a Sin According to the Bible? gtag('js', new Date()); And then, He uses those bad things to make us stronger; He uses them for His glory to teach others how much better life is when we depend on Him. After staying with me for 40 minutes i told them I would seek treatment at home. Though this is not in the same realm as God's decreed purpose, we can say that certain things occur because other things have happened. He continues to employ suffering to draw us closer to Him and to one another. God is in control of everything. Or maybe you end up losing your job. 3 But Jonah rose up to flee to Tarshish from the presence of the LORD. Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. I wish I could tell you his book is an uplif Who hurt you Stephen? Another reason bad things happen is because people sin. Praying for you, Rinu! God is in control of all circumstances that surround the believer. Hi Vivian, thank you so much for sharing your story with us. A car crash claims the life of a Christian college student on her way home, a faithful pastor receives a cancer diagnosis, a family is away on vacation only to receive the call that their house was destroyed in a fire.. One of the most common questions believers and unbelievers alike ask is why a loving and all-powerful God would allow bad things to happen. Pastor Jeff and his wife (Connie) ended up accepting Christ as their Lord and Savior in the process. Unfortunately for Elise, her mother-in-law is murdered before she can tell anyone what she had overheard. For it is better to suffer for doing good, if that should be God’s will, than for doing evil (1 Peter 3:14-17 ESV). My face was broken in 4 places, which warranted reconstructive surgery, on the left side of my face with plates and screws being placed in certain areas, I also had four horrible brain contusions that ended up leaving slight Brain damage that’s irreversible. In other words, what doesn’t kill you will nourish you. You are most welcome, Deborah. “A time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance.” (Ecclesiastes 3:4)It is clear throughout Scripture that God is good, but it is also clear that we will endure pain, fear, and heartache. I have two sons and this is one of the scriptures that I shared with them at a young tween age when Satan really tries to attack spiritually this scripture is important to read and take in its Nehemiah 4;1-23 know that Christian Identity with this may mean some rejection and opposition here and know that is nothing compared to our inheritance as children of God.Satan never bothers halfhearted people that are ho-hum spiritual existence.But if you come on fire for Christ look out the adversary he is committed to opposing God especially if you are Zealous to exalt Gods Glory.and when he does respond with vigilance and prayer. God ended up allowing Pastor Jeff to lose his company and all of his money so that he can get off of the road that he was on. As a side note, I am going through an extremely difficult battle that has dragged me through severe depression and even crazy prayers because I just wanted God to end my existence. Read the full affiliate disclosure. 6 Answers. Question: "Why does God allow evil?" I get tired of all the excuses people make for God not being true to his word. This is really great. I saw it as a perfect backdrop for this particular story with the political undercurrents running rampant throughout the story. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God. Did God create evil, or does He just allow it? He allows both kinds of things to happen to us. Sin is in our world. Segment 2 (9:50) – God allows sinful things to happen but never causes them. Yes Tony, technically, you are correct. Why does God allow good people to suffer and die? I can’t tell you enough for the encouragement it is to me to read your story. My passion is to see people give their life to Christ both offline and online. For the first time in decades I was almost normal. Have you always made the best decisions in your life? Is it good to suffer? Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. ... Maybe one reason for the tragedies and difficulties in our lives is so we can use our agency and faith to rely on and see the infinite power of Jesus Christ in our lives. Please help me understand how this 1) changed their character, 2) prepared them for bigger plans, or 3) saved their lives. Whether or not we understand His reasons, we must remember that God is good, just, loving, and merciful (Psalm 135:3). I once made the mistake of thinking this way about God. Yet, in the end, she realized that what she had thought to be a curse was a blessing in disguise. I struggled with this in the past so many times. May GOD richly bless you. There was a thought that repeatedly came to mind that saved me from following the same path of belief you did and that is, “the things of God come by faith.” Faith, which I interpret as an “undeniable confidence,” in God is what brings the promises of God into our lives. I'm the Technology Manager of Calvary Chapel South Bay, a church in Gardena, California. Recently, a dear friend, asked me to write an article exploring the question of why God allows bad things to happen to good people. After all that you have been through and to see that you still believe in God and still praise Him despite of your lack of understanding of why all of the things that happened to you ended up the way that they did is such a HUGE encouragement. So Stephen, can you give us an example of a Bible verse that you thought was true but it turned out to be not true? Some will be revealed to us, some won’t. Remember the verse I cited earlier—Hebrews 5:8? Now my underlying condition is off the charts, and am back to ground zero. Ecclesiastes 3:1 ESV / 121 helpful votes Helpful Not Helpful. This question has been asked by both believers and non-believers alike. But no one can avoid God, since He is present everywhere. God’s ultimate plan is … We serve an orderly God. So, why does God let bad things happen to us? I know what it’s like to be angry at God because you feel like He doesn’t help you when obviously He has the power to do something. Things do happen for a reason. The Bible is clear that the world is under a curse (Genesis 3:17), which has resulted in infirmities, diseases, natural disasters, and death. He serves God; he volunteers in many areas, and he helps a lot of people every day. You are the all-powerful King of all creation. Thank you so much Pastor Peter. Pastor Jon is an incredibly nice guy. People age, things fall apart (entropy) etc… Things appear to us to be random which is an illusion because the “reason” is hidden or not known to us. Ecclesiastes 3:11Contemporary English Version (CEV) 11 God makes everything happen at the right time. Do you have any tips on how we can see God in the context of His own sovereignty? Maybe your health takes a turn for the worse. Like these characters, we have to figure out where we fit into the big picture. Does your 37:5 go something like this. Most of the time, you don’t see the big picture, you only see what’s in front of you. 4 years ago. It’s not really that God is allowing us to suffer or allowing bad things to happen to good people, it’s a sin thing. I’m so sorry for the delayed response! Robin’s passion has always been to tell stories to entertain others and come alongside them on their faith journey—aspects Robin weaves into each of her twenty-five-plus published novels. Instead of doubting God’s goodness, our reaction should be to trust Him. 39 Bible Verses about The Destruction That God Allows. He allows us to exercise our free will even though He knows there will be consequences because we chose a particular action. Political games can be deadly… Elise Carmichael is a court sign language interpreter who reads lips all the time. I have yet to see the hand of God dealing with the people in my situation, but I do know He is changing my heart toward the matter and building my character through it. No broken bones just several sprains. Many have blamed God for the evil that takes place in our world, yet that is a too casual of a conclusion to make. Here’s Ephesians 1:11: “In him we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to the purpose of him who works all things according to the counsel of his will.” Let me say it again. Think of the person you love the … 8 For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but the on… And notice that the verse doesn't say we all will see immediately or even in this life how God has caused good to emerge from a bad circumstance. I love Hallmark movies. As you saw from the video, I made that mistake of thinking that God didn’t exist when bad things happened to my family when I was in high school. If you’re not dead- Gods not done! First of all, God is sovereign. God has been able to use him in many ways now that He had gone through these difficult life trials. nobody perfect and I’m not saying I’m close either I’ve been through my fair share of ups and downs recently we’ll actually just yesterday morning i just crashed my car into another moving vehicle I would consider my self a great driver but i stopped on the right side of 2 lane road at stop sign it was on a 4 way stop sign and i stopped and went at the same time a big truck pulled up on the left and stopped with me simultaniosuly so i couldn’t see the other car on the left that was gonna cross straight to the road on my right but when i was pulling up i saw no one coming from the left so i stopped and went and it seemed like this car came out of nowhere and i collided head on with the passenger side door. The impression given is that they are incompetent and unprofessional. Just because God doesn’t respond to your prayer the way that you want Him to then it doesn’t mean that He doesn’t care.… He allows trials and suffering because He hopes that it will purify our witness that we will become more like Him. Learn how your comment data is processed. Your will be done. The truth is no human being has all the answers for why God allows bad things to happen. I filled out the form with my contact info! It was a hard and difficult journey, but it was worth it in the end. The manager on duty had to come up, she called 911. In all of my other trials I have and totally leaned on him. By Chakell Wardleigh. But Pastor Jon continued to serve and worship God. I’m glad you enjoyed this blog post. God allows things to happen for a reason. The parent sees the child running but decides to allow them to run and the child falls. !And the Lord God was confirming to me by this amazing encounter on a main high street in a city of a few million,,that He is in total control and that,truely all things do work out for good and to His glory in the lives of those if us who love HIM…..To God be the glory forever…amen , From Hildi Boyd. – liferiiimagined. window.dataLayer = window.dataLayer || []; The list goes on & on. Run your race–Elise and each of the characters in her amateur sleuth team had a specific role to play. I’ve also found it very helpful that when I am going through a trial that is too hard for me to bear, that I encourage myself in the Lord. I need real prayers from you guys, coz for real am stuck in darkness, i don’t know what to do, i lost ma job for now almost 6 months, i don’t work, i sometimes fail to get what to eat, so i need a financial break through and of course spiritual way…, Hi Ivan God is in the Midst of everything he will not give us more than we can bare hold on to him he loves you and wants you to trust him. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. The four amateur sleuths were able to solve a high-profile case while the Federal Bureau couldn’t. It was no so long ago that I was starting to have the same feelings you express. Literally stated there is no “Everything happens for a reason Bible Verse, however there are a couple of places in the Bible that are somewhat related to this expression. This is God’s way of teaching me survival Skills. Some of those decisions can be so devastating, that you can be on the road to destruction. It’s one thing to be strong and forceful and forthright but it should never be at the cost of anyone else. I'm also the founder of Grace Digital Solutions, a company that builds websites for businesses and non-profits. There is no logical contradiction between God being Infinitely Good, Infinitely Powerful, and allowing bad things to happen. She left behind Jon, and three beautiful children. Sure Annie, what is causing you the disappointment? gtag('config', 'UA-69278040-2'); Bad things happen all the time. It is often used in our own judgment of God, as if that were possible. That’s the main reason once a tragedy occurs, it’s very easy for us to think that God doesn’t care or for us to start questioning why God has allowed something like that to occur. Elise Carmichael is a lip reader. Things do happen for a reason. 23 Minutes in Hell - Bill Wiese is the Man Who Went to Hell, Jewish Scientist (James Tour) Makes the Greatest Jewish Discovery, Testimony of Ghost Hunters Turned Christian. This page may contain affiliate links. Within Christianity, there is the concept of cause and effect. Thank you very much Farooq for your kind words. There are no accidents. First of all, God is sovereign. Elise, I’m planning on publishing a book next year about trusting in God during the difficult seasons in life. Is it good to suffer? Simple question: technically shouldn’t we say, “Thank God” when anything happens, even something we may perceive as a tragedy? As Christians, we are called to be holy as God is holy (Leviticus 19:2). So everyday I wake up and say “I will trust You today”. And endurance develops strength of character, and character strengthens our confident hope of salvation (Romans 5:3-4 NLT). I remember reading the story of Pastor Jon Courson a few years ago. But being wounded in deep places happens. I hear praying, pleading and begging. That movie last night just hurt me. Two other realities we must face in this life (in addition to … And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. First of all, I love Jesus and have all my life, but I struggle with God’s “protection.” What does it mean exactly? I’ve heard it shared by some people before that God will not give you more than you can handle. I ask this with 100% respect to you and to your situation. We may never understand his wisdom but we simply have to trust his will" bible verse? I dont feel like praying for understanding, or even praying at all. But then suddenly, something unexpected happens and your world is turned upside down. I like this post because I was thinking different from what happened to me three days ago(31/12/2016). In a last ditch effort to find the answers, to those “why”s- I randomly opened the Bible to see if God had anything to say and to my absolute amazement, and almost disbelief ; I starting reading the beginning of a paragraph in the book of proverbs, chapter 3, verse 5 “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, AND LEAN NOT ON YOUR OWN UNDERSTANDING” …for the first time in my life, I could answer WHY, even though that answer isn’t the most insightful, poetic or full of excitement and substance. As a widow with a young son who is deaf, lip-reading is simply second nature, until the day she reads the lips of someone on the phone discussing an attempt to be made on a senator’s life—a senator who just happens to be her mother-in-law. They brought a certain skill to the table and none of them tried to take over the other person’s role. However, God gives us free will to make our own decisions. I fully believe there is a reason for both events and so believe that in time I will understand why these have taken place. Often, bad things happen to us that we simply cannot understand. That’s really encouraging me and also blessed☺. I railed on on God yesterday, I let all my anger, hate, resentment and everything else loose on Him. His brothers sold him into slavery because they were so jealous of their father’s affection for him they couldn’t bear to be around him. Many years ago, I became friends with someone who is deaf. He survived the car crash but his wife passed away. Ephesians 1:11 says that God works all things after the counsel of His will. But with Elise’s story comes a cautionary tale–if our sense of self causes us to do bad or irresponsible things in the name of the “greater good” it’s time for a soul-check. Pls pray for me and all who suffers. 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