by Don Amelung
Romans 8:18 For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.
Have you ever wondered why bad things happen to good people? It’s ok when bad things happen to bad people; they got what they deserved. Suffering for one’s own sins is one thing, but the real question for most people, Christians or not, is why do bad things happen to “good” people. Is God a good God? The answer is YES! Without a doubt, even when bad things happen to God’s people.
Did you ever notice, that people blame God but nobody blames Satan? Could you imagine the news media telling its subscribers, “Satan is wreaking havoc in the world again!” Did anyone really blame “911” or the shootings in Connecticut on Satan? NO, just God.
I want to give you four reasons why bad things happen to God’s people and what three things He is looking for in us when these things happen to us.
First of all, bad things happen to us all because we bring them on ourselves. Through sin and breaking the 10 commandments we reap what we sow. There is a penalty for breaking the laws of man and the laws of God.
The second reason bad things happen to good people is because of the sin of others. Example: A drunk driver crosses over the middle line and hits another driver head on and kills him. The sin of one man kills another man that is innocent. Sin is sometimes very costly, but no one wants to blame Satan.
The third reason is because of the laws of nature that cannot be stopped. For example, the law of gravity. You fall far enough, you will get hurt or killed.
The fourth reason bad things happen to God’s people is just because Satan wants to destroy you. Satan is destroying the home more and more each year and the moral fiber of America is all but gone completely. Everyone does what he thinks is right in his own eyes.
What is it that God looks for in His children when bad things happen to us?
First of all we must turn our faith into an obedient trust. Life must go on for so many others. Remember when Jesus told Peter that, “Satan was going to sift him like wheat”? It’s true for us too. The sifting doesn’t destroy the wheat, it’s the whole ordeal that’s uncomfortable, but the soul is unscathed.
Second of all, God’s people need to remember to focus on the Giver of life rather than the gifts of life. God loves us very, very much. All people of all nations! God’s people need to be about God’s business.
The things God looks for in His people to grow and mature in Him. Maturity is not what happens to a person. Maturity is what a man does with what happens to him. Maturity helps us to prevent future mistakes while helping us to focus on the real Giver of life.
What can we count on from God when bad things happen to God’s people? According to the scriptures, many, many things. His Comfort: 2 Corinthians 1:3-4 3 Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort. 4 who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God. His faithfulness: I Corinthians 1:9 God is faithful, by whom ye were called unto the fellowship of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord. His Grace: 2 Corinthians 12:9 And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee; for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. His Joy: Galatians 5:22-23 22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, long-suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, 23 meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. His Love: Romans 8:35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? And His Glory: Romans 8:18 For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us. These are only a few of the blessings we can expect from God in difficult times.
Do you believe that American’s will ever care more about God than, entertainment, recreation, money, politics or the selfish desires of their own hearts? It doesn’t appear like that’s going to happen but God’s people must!
The year 2013 has much promise awaiting America through the teachings of our Lord, but it will also reap what it sows. I pray great blessings for our town of Bowling Green, our county, our state and our country. I ask you to do the same in one of our many great churches in Pike County.
There will be hard times in 2013. Expect it! When you begin to ask why, go to your Bible and your church and see the answers for yourself. Better yet, go now!
Happy New Year and God Bless!