Encouragement When We Are Faced With The Life Questions of WHY??‏

God has a way of bringing me back down to reality as soon as I get a little cocky; and today was one of those days. In my walk, and now in Seminary my eyes are constantly being re-focused. There are many days, even in the midst’s of my own struggles and trials, I can find that I am flying high with my Spiritual gifts of faith and encouragement, and don’t get shaken by too much. But today my heart was broken when I got an update from a friends daughter who is 2, has recently been diagnosed with leukemia and now is undergoing long-term treatment in the hospital. Things like this make you always ask “why” and “why them”. This is a good Christian family, ect… Then you start thinking stuff like, ‘what’s gonna happen to me, am I next?”, “why am I being blessed?” “why is my daughter fine?”… I bring this up b/c I know it all hits us at different times, and in different ways; The Big Questions of WHY???? In the midst’s of our circumstances. So I found somewhat of an answer on the website: Got Questions. I thought I’d share it with you and maybe it will help you or someone else that you can encourage when life throws you a curve ball and leaves you asking WHY? Be Encouraged, Robin  

Why does God allow bad things to happen to good people?” This is one of the most difficult questions in all of theology. God is eternal, infinite, omniscient, omnipresent, and omnipotent. Why should human beings (not eternal, infinite, omniscient, omnipresent, or omnipotent) expect to be able to fully understand God’s ways? The book of Job deals with this issue. God had allowed Satan to do everything he wanted to Job except kill him. What was Job’s reaction? “Though he slay me, yet will I hope in him” (Job 13:15). “The LORD gave and the LORD has taken away; may the name of the LORD be praised” (Job 1:21). Job did not understand why God had allowed the things He did, but he knew God was good and therefore continued to trust in Him. Ultimately, that should be our reaction as well. Why do bad things happen to good people? The biblical answer is there are no “good” people. The Bible makes it abundantly clear that all of us are tainted by and infected with sin (Ecclesiastes 7:20; Romans 6:23; 1 John 1:8). Romans 3:10-18 could not be clearer about the non-existence of “good” people: “There is no one righteous, not even one; there is no one who understands, no one who seeks God. All have turned away, they have together become worthless; there is no one who does good, not even one. Their throats are open graves; their tongues practice deceit. The poison of vipers is on their lips. Their mouths are full of cursing and bitterness. Their feet are swift to shed blood; ruin and misery mark their ways, and the way of peace they do not know. There is no fear of God before their eyes.” Every human being on this planet deserves to be thrown into hell at this very moment. Every second we spend alive is only by the grace and mercy of God. Even the most terrible misery we could experience on this planet is merciful compared to what we deserve, eternal hell in the lake of fire. A better question would be “Why does God allow good things to happen to bad people?” Romans 5:8 declares, “But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Despite the evil, wicked, sinful nature of the people of this world, God still loves us. He loved us enough to die to take the penalty for our sins (Romans 6:23). If we receive Jesus Christ as Savior (John 3:16; Romans 10:9), we will be forgiven and promised an eternal home in heaven (Romans 8:1). What we deserve is hell. What we are given is eternal life in heaven if we come to Christ in faith. Yes, sometimes bad things happen to people who seem undeserving of them. But God allows things to happen for His reasons, whether or not we understand them. Above all, however, we must remember that God is good, just, loving, and merciful. Often things happen to us that we simply cannot understand. However, instead of doubting God’s goodness, our reaction should be to trust Him. ”Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight” (Proverbs 3:5-6).

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5 thoughts on “Encouragement When We Are Faced With The Life Questions of WHY??‏

  1. The question, WHY? should be taken out of our vocabulary.

    Whenever we start asking God why, we should change the question to “Can I trust you?”

    If the answer to that is YES then we don’t need to know why!

    Great post, Robin!

  2. Most, if not all, Christians have experienced times of sorrow, loss, disappointment, or grief. It would be callous to compare the trials and tribulations of one person to those of another person in an attempt make light of anyone’s troubles. However, in the history of human tragedy, certainly the Bible patriarch Job would rank pretty high on the list of those who have experienced grief.

    Despite being a man who feared God and eschewed evil (Job 1:1), Job received the news of the deaths of all his children and the loss of all his property almost all at once. (Job 1:13-19).

    In the end, Job was patient, persistent, and persevering, and God ultimately blessed him in a great way (Job 42:12). However, God did make it clear that it was God, not Job, who understood and controlled the workings of providence. At one point, the Lord spoke to Job, and asked him, “Who is this that darkeneth counsel by words without knowledge?” (Job 38:2)

    We would probably be hard-pressed to find a Christian today, in a solid, fundamental, Bible-believing church, who would pick up a Bible and say, “Some of this Book is true, but a lot of it, I’m not so sure about.” Few Christians would question the truth of God’s revealed Word. However, how many of these same Christians would turn around and question God’s providence: “Lord, why have You let such an unfair thing happen to me?” “Lord, why have you placed me here, or why have you let this terrible person come into my life?”

    If we believe God’s Word is perfect, then we must believe His will is perfect, too (Romans 12:2), and we must not challenge His divine providence. Shall we – mere animated vessels of dust – rail against the Lord Who has created, and has the power to smoothly control, all things, events, seasons, and creatures?

  3. “If we believe God’s Word is perfect, then we must believe His will is perfect, too (Romans 12:2), and we must not challenge His divine providence. Shall we – mere animated vessels of dust – rail against the Lord Who has created, and has the power to smoothly control, all things, events, seasons, and creatures?”

    Thanks that is a great way of putting it! I’m gonna try and remmeber this next time I slip and ask… Why?

  4. Mmmmm. Good stuff, yet something is amiss. I look at the patriarchs and see them questioning God and I see that it is actually about extending their faith and NOT about unbelief.
    In fact, I see this in God’s character when he visited Abraham at the Oaks of Mamre, (Gen18v17etc.) When He departed to go and trash Sodom God says, “shall I hide from Abraham what I am going to do……”
    This is nothing less than an invitation from God to Abraham to challenge His intentions. v24 Suppose there are 50 righteous within the city…….that be far from thee to do after this manner to slay the righteous with the wicked…..shall not the judge of all the earth do right”
    WOW, that is some challenge to God.
    Yet God clearly set himself up to bring Abraham into a deeper relationship and a clearer understanding of the character of God.
    I have learned so much from humbly questioning God. He has blessed me and my wife beyond measure because we seek wisdom and understanding. This we are commanded to do without doubting.
    I am always asking God why, and I am always being given the answer, sometimes in most amazing ways.
    Frank

  5. God our Heavenly Father loves us, and gives us opportunities to grow. His reasons, are so that all things are given for our benefit. To learn how to become more like Jesus and work to become perfect. The guarantee is that none of us is perfect, except Christ alone, and that for us to grow, we have to feel all things. Love, happiness, sadness, physical and emotional pain. Not just these, but frustrations and hard work, and everything in between are given to us, to teach us so that we can become more like him. So that we can learn empathy and compassion. All pain in this life, isn’t pain eternal it is pain temporal, and once the trial is over, and we have learned these lessons, we can look back and feel pleased that we have grown.

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