Yesterday I made the point from Galatians 6:7 that many of the trials that we experience in life are a result of our own poor choices, “Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, this he will also reap”, so when bad things happen we shouldn’t blame God.
But there are a number of perspectives on why bad things happen to us. The first reason is that we are reaping the consequences of poor choices. This is pretty straightforward and not hard to understand, especially if we are honest with ourselves and get over blaming God and others for our problems.
A second reason for our tough times is much more of a mystery, and perplexing to us as we attempt to understand the “Why”. Most are familiar with the book of Job in the Old Testament. Job went through a series of trials that were terrible, none of which were a result of poor choices on his part, they just dropped into his life for no apparent reason. He did scream “Why?” in the book repeatedly. What is interesting is that the “Why”question was never answered, but the fact that God caused or allowed the trials is obvious in the story.
Romans 8:28. And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.
“God causes”, He is in control, He makes it happen, or allows it to happen. “For good” does not mean good like a bowl of ice cream, but “good”in the sense of our growth in character so that we become like Him. Verse 29 goes on to say, “so that we would be conformed to the image of His Son”. Life and the world were not created to make us happy, but to make us holy, heaven is the happy place. A key point of personal application on this reason is that those who trust God most will grow the most from the school of hard knocks that He is putting them through. Another point of application is that He gives His grace and strength to bear up under the trials if we ask for it.
There are a couple of other answers to the question, “Why?”, but we will look at those tomorrow.