TOPIC: BORN AGAIN
QUESTION: WHY DO BAD THINGS HAPPEN TO GOOD PEOPLE?
Study References: Romans 3:12, Romans 8:28, Romans 6:23.
While we cannot know all of the specific purposes God will accomplish through our sufferings, the Bible provides us with a description of how God will use our suffering for our good and to His glory. Among other means by which God might bring himself glory through us are the following:
To Make Us Dependent Upon God
To Cause Us to Examine Our Priorities
To Make Us More Like Jesus
To Make Us Yearn For Heaven
Romans 8:28 says; "And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose."
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).
God’s purposes in suffering are not only for His own glory but also ultimately for our own good. The story in John 9 of the man born blind provides Jesus with the occasion to demonstrate that the man’s suffering was ultimately for the man’s own good. After Jesus heals the man’s blindness, the man later has occasion to meet with Jesus, where Jesus shares with the man His identity as the Messiah. By reason of the healing, the man accepted Jesus as His Savior.
"Rabbi," his disciples asked him, "why was this man born blind? Was it because of his own sins or his parents' sins? It was not because of his sins or his parents' sins," Jesus answered. "This happened so the power of God could be seen in him."(John 9:2-3)
As clearly seen in the story of the man born blind and recounted in John chapter 9, God accomplished multiple purposes through the man’s blindness. Similarly, in every bad thing we undergo, God has planned it for our good. Moreover, Jesus also suffered to be glorified after His death and we are expected to follow His examples as we share in His grace.
"For God called you to do good, even if it means suffering, just as Christ suffered for you. He is your example, and you must follow in his steps.(1 Peter 2:21)
Finally, Hebrews 12:7-11 make us know that bad things can be a form of discipline for righteousness; "Endure hardship as discipline; God is treating you as his children. For what children are not disciplined by their father? If you are not disciplined and everyone undergoes discipline then you are not legitimate, not true sons and daughters at all.
Moreover, we have all had human fathers who disciplined us and we respected them for it. How much more should we submit to the Father of spirits and live! They disciplined us for a little while as they thought best; but God disciplines us for our good, in order that we may share in his holiness. No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it."