Andy has embarked on an exciting new series discussing some heavy ‘why’ questions regarding God, our circumstances, and prayer. Click here to listen! (My notes don’t do justice to this important message.)
Why is it that God allows bad things to happen to good people?
Abraham said “Should not the judge of the world judge fairly?”
Moses said “God why don’t you treat people as they deserve?”
Jeremiah said “Why do the wicked prosper?”
People who face these questions with frustration often lean to the following conclusions:
-God, I cannot trust you.
-God, you cannot exist.
Why are these injustices happening to me?
It could be that you are a victim of a broken world.
-Jesus promised you that “In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” John 16:33b
The world has truly gone wrong, but, maybe you did in fact bring it on yourself
“Can a man take fire into his lap and not be burned?”
Sometimes it is a result of our sinful behavior
-“Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A Man reaps what he sows. Whoever sows to please their flesh, from the flesh will reap destruction; whoever sows to the spirit from the spirit will reap eternal life.”
Maybe God has a big plan. It’s part a grand design despite how singular it is at this moment
-“As he went along, he saw a man blind from birth. His disciples asked him, Rabbi, who sinned?, this man, or his parents, that he was born blind?”
“Neither this man nor his parents sinned,” said Jesus, “but this happened so that the works of God might be displayed in him.”
*This happened not because of sin! It was a part of God’s plan!
-It is possible that there is purpose in your pain
-“Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face your trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance.”
*Your lowest point can lead you to your greatest point; the path is often through brokenness.
-God is definitely doing something through your own pain. God doesn’t forget, he knows every tear you have cried.
-The change that brokenness brings will change you and you’ll never be the same; God wouldn’t take you through your brokenness for nothing.
Why do bad things happen to good people? This is a flawed question (because).. There are no good people. People have good in them, but the bible says that all have sinned in the presence of a Holy God.
-The whole point of the gospel is that the spotless lamb died for our sin. And that is proof that good things happen to bad people!
-God is not fair because if he were, we would get what we deserve and Jesus would get what he deserved. And where would we be is Jesus received what he deserved? Jesus never deserved death on a cross.
He does not punish us for all our sins; he does not deal harshly with us as we deserve. For his unfailing love toward those who fear him is as great as the height of the heavens above the earth. He has removed our sins from us as far as the east is from the west.