Because Bad Things Do Happen

     It’s hard to fully appreciate what the Lord has done for you when you can’t get over what He allowed in the first place. A question people often ask is: If there is a God, then why does He allow bad things to happen? As believers we grow into an increasing awareness of the sovereignty of God. Our minds begin to open up and we start to see that God is not just our God but God of all, whether we receive Him, whether we believe Him or not. He is who He is and He is in control. God can do all things; His power is limitless.

     And yet He allows man to stumble and do all kinds of evil to themselves and to each other.

    But we wouldn’t know or acknowledge God at all if He didn’t allow some things to happen. What He allows is selective and purposeful. God is glorified through both sanctified and dishonorable vessels. He uses the things He allows to make Himself known to man, whom He adores. He wants us to know we have an advocate and a hero, that no matter what happens to us, no matter what mess we find ourselves in, we have Someone who can get us out. We have a deliverer.

     The bible says that no weapon formed against us shall prosper (Isaiah 54:17). Well, wouldn’t that indicate that weapons will be formed and used against us? The promise is not there will be no trouble, but deliverance and protection from it. The promise is whatever that weapon was designed to do won’t accomplish its purpose.

    In this world you will have tribulation, but be of good cheer, for I have overcome the world (John 16:33)Jesus said that . Many of the afflictions of the righteous, but the Lord delivers us out of them all (Psalms 34:19). Encouraging passages loaded with one infallible truth:

     Bad things happen. Unfair, unjust, inhumane things…

     BUT GOD.

    When what should happen to us doesn’t, it’s because God intervened. He, then, is glorified, and we are enlightened, strengthened, and perfected. But first we got to get over the fact it happened in the first place. A lot of things shouldn’t happen, but they do. But a lot of things that could happen don’t get their chance. Our adversary doesn’t get everything he wants, but he can get more than he should if he can keep us blinded to the truth. We have Someone who loves us enough to see about us, no matter how small the matter. Or how big.

   So we must learn not to get wrapped up in our problems, rather focus on the solution. Our answer is not a what, but a Who.

    Look for the Way out of no way.

D.L. Lunsford

Saying a lot with few words.

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