“Why do bad things happen to good people?”
“Why did this person have to die?”
There are many questions that we sometimes ask; especially in times when we thought things should have been different. We just don’t understand why things happen the way that they do in this life…that being said, we must look to the scripture for answers.
One of the best examples that we can find is the story of Job. Job was a man who served God…he was a man that caught the devil’s attention and one that Satan wanted to cause to fall away. Let me start by reminding you, if Satan is challenging your faith, you need to stay strong, you wouldn’t be on his radar if you were already living a life for him.
So why do bad things happen to God’s people? Because Satan wants to try and make anything happen that will cause us to question our faith. He took away Job’s family, his home, and all his belongings, but Job stayed strong through the testing and fire. Are you staying strong in your trials today? Scripture tells us in James 1:2-4:
“Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.”
The testing that comes from Satan will produce a sturdy faith that will stand firm no matter what storm we face if we will keep our focus on God. Job stood firm, chose to continue following God, and when he became weak and questioned God, we see that God answered him, reminding him of who He (God) is and when all was said and done, Job was doubly blessed by the trial he faced.
“Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words. And he who searches hearts knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God. And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.” – Romans 8:26-28
God will help you through, don’t let these trials tear you down, but let them become a blessing; both for you and for someone else.