Why Bad Things Happen

Have there been times in your life when you were angry at God because you felt that he had abandoned you? Times when everything that should have been good turned to bad? Times when your life was filled with failures and threats to a point where you had to ask, “Why God would you allow this to happen?”

I have experienced many failures in my life and have always wondered why does God allow bad things to happen to us? But as bad as your situation may seem, remember that God loves you. He never intends to hurt you, but he allows bad things to happen to teach you to depend on him and to show his almighty power above all else that exists. God loves you unconditionally, and he wants you to love him unconditionally as well. I have my own picture of perfection, but I need to trust that God’s picture is better than mine.

As much as we want to live a peaceful happy life being a Christian, being a Christian does not always mean your life will be happy all the time. There will be bad times, but with God the ending is always good. A great example is the story of Moses and the Israelites being chased by the Pharaoh of Egypt. God loved Moses and the Israelites and asked Moses to lead the Israelites out of Pharaoh’s land. The Israelites thought that with God, there would be no threats or troubles leaving Pharaoh’s land. However, God actually hardened Pharaohs heart so that he would pursue Moses and Israelites. Exodus 14:4 says, “And I will harden the Pharaohs heart and he will pursue them.” So why would God actually harden Pharaoh’s heart and put the Israelites’ life in danger? It’s because God already knew the final outcome. He knew that Moses would be able to separate the sea and save the Israelites from Pharaos hand. God is not living at your pace, he is always ahead of you and has already planned a victory for you.

Just like what God did for the Israelites, he will do the same for your bad situation. When troubles happen in your life, do not worry because God already has a great reward planned for you. He never abandons you, and he will be with you throughout your storm. God does not allow bad things to happen so that you would suffer forever, but to learn to depend on him no matter what circumstance you are faced with. He allowed the Israelites to face tribulation so that they would see God’s almighty power against Pharaoh. God’s intention of hardening the Pharos heart was not to kill the Israelites, but to show his glory and power to those who are faithful to him. God wants you to learn to trust him not only during good circumstances, but also during your bad circumstances. God is never too late, he always knows the perfect timing to give you your victory.

So what should we be doing when we are going through a tough and desperate situation? The answer is simple: wait on God. Psalm 27:14 says, “Wait on the Lord; Be of good courage, and he shall strengthen your heart; Wait, I say, on the Lord!” To be able to see the victorious ending that God has for you, you need to be still and have the courage to keep walking in him. Trust that God will deliver you from your bad situation like how he did with the Israelites and Moses. Another great example is the story of David fleeing from King Saul who desperately wanted to kill David. God loved David so much, but he allowed David to experience this because he wanted David to learn to depend on him and to see God’s mighty ability to save him. At the end, with the favor of God on David’s life, David was able to win over King Saul.

Your life may bring many hardships, but remember that God never has bad intentions for you. Your last resort plan is not always God’s last resort plan for you; trust in God’s plan for you. Our life as a Christian will never be perfect, but know if you are facing a bad situation, it means that God has a great reward waiting for you. Wait for your victory because God has it prepared for you. So remember, bad things never happen to those who love God.

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