Why do bad things happen to good people?

In this blog post, I am going to try to answer the age-old question: Why do bad things happen to good people?

Life is complex and full of complicated questions. The one question that seems to pop into my head every day is: why do bad things happen to good people?

Bur God is good and protects us, right?

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How can the paradox exist?

How can bad things happen and yet God’s word be true?

I don’t pretend to have all the answers, but through searching the scripture and knowing who God is The Lord has revealed Himself to me and shown me some things that help me know His word is true.

The following verses promise that if we make The Lord our refuge then no harm will overtake us.

Psalm 91 (NIV) 

1 Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.[a] 2 I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust. 3 Surely he will save you from the fowler’s snare and from the deadly pestilence. 4 He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart. 5 You will not fear the terror of night, nor the arrow that flies by day, 6 nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness, nor the plague that destroys at midday.

7 A thousand may fall at your side, ten thousand at your right hand, but it will not come near you. 8 You will only observe with your eyes and see the punishment of the wicked. 9 If you say, “The Lord is my refuge,” and you make the Most High your dwelling, 10 no harm will overtake you, no disaster will come near your tent. 11 For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways; 12 they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.

13 You will tread on the lion and the cobra; you will trample the great lion and the serpent. 14 “Because he[b] loves me,” says the Lord, “I will rescue him;  I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name. 15 He will call on me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble, I will deliver him and honor him. 16 With long life I will satisfy him  and show him my salvation.”

How can these verses be true?

When bad things happen, it’s hard to understand where God is and what He is doing. I often ask: Why do bad things happen to good people?

As a Christian, it’s important to have a solid faith base and understanding of God. So that when bad things happen, we can be comforted by God and His word.  

My thoughts are based on my faith in Christ. I believe that He is good, that He is sovereign, that He loves me and that His words (the bible) are true.

Since I believe these things when I read Psalm 91 I know that these verses are a promise to me. So, if they are true, why do bad things happen to me and to the people I love?

Have bad things happened to you?

“Have bad things really happened to you?

You and God may have different definitions for the word bad.

Parents and children do. Look up the word bad in a middle schooler’s dictionary, and you’ll read definitions such as “pimple on nose,” “Friday night all alone,” or “pop quiz in geometry.” “Dad, this is really bad!” the youngster says.

Dad, having been around the block a time or two, thinks differently. Pimples pass. And it won’t be long before you’ll treasure a quiet evening at home. Inconvenience? Yes. Misfortune? Sure. But bad? Save that adjective for emergency rooms and cemeteries.”

What’s bad to a child isn’t always bad to a dad

When asking the question: Why do bad things happen to good people, it’s always good to remember God’s perspective.

What is bad for a child is not always bad for a dad.

The same holds for God.

Things that seem bad to us are not always bad to God. He has a plan and is working it out.  We don’t know how the events from our life or the world around us affect God’s grand plan. We can’t see the effect, we have not read the ending. But God knows. He wrote the book. It’s finished! He is now working it out.

Something else that helped me during this time is the following example from my life. It helps me understand what God is doing when I feel like my world is being torn apart.

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No capacity to understand.

One of the things I remember when I ask: Why do bad things happen to good people is that I really have to capacity to understand the whole picture.

I can’t help but remember a few years back. Meredith was 4 months old and my family and I were watching the Olympics. It was the gold medal hockey game and Canada was playing. When they scored, are family went nuts! We were ecstatic and very loud.

Our noise made Meredith cry out of fear. She had no clue that the noise we were making was because we were happy and that there was nothing to be scared of. But, how do you explain that to a 4-month-old? You can’t.

It’s the same with God. I feel like we are living in a world where we sometimes hear screams and we are scared, unsure and helpless. We have no way of knowing what those screams mean. If God tried to explain what was going on, we would not understand.

So where does that leave us?

Where is God when we are scared, or confused? Why do bad things happen to good people?

When my daughter was screaming, I did not leave her alone. My love for her compelled me to pick her up and comfort her. My soothing voice and smiling features soon called her down.

God does the same. He is our father and loves us deeply. God does not leave us to cry, but  He picks us up and comforts us. He holds us while we cry and tells us that it is going to be ok. We calm down because we know His voice and trust His goodness.

We still might be afraid, and bad things may still be happening around us, but we are no longer crying because we are in the Father’s arms.

Unanswered Questions

What about those people who don’t have a relationship with God? The same events happen: They cry, and God is there willing to comfort them, but they don’t accept.

There is nobody to hold them and to give them peace and tell them that everything will be alright. They are like orphans crying out with nobody to hold them.

I can’t explain why bad things happen to good people or why God chooses to let people die, or why tornadoes hit, or a building comes crashing down.

All I know is that I am a baby and I don’t understand what is happening around me. But, I know my father. I know He loves me. I know He is with me and holding me when bad things happen.

So, during these times, I picture myself with my head in His chest, being held and comforted.

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In the comments below, share your thoughts on why bad things happen to good people. Also please share how God comforts you in times of difficulty.

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Where is God in times of trouble?

Have you ever faced a really difficult time and wondered Where is God in times of trouble? If you are like me, you have asked yourself this question at least once in your life.

The Bible tells us this: John 16: 33 “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world, you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”

We are assured that at least once in our life, we will face trouble. That knowledge scares me a bit.

But God doesn’t want us to be afraid, continue to read and see how I answer the question: where is God in times of trouble?

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A few years ago my eldest daughter was sick to her stomach and was crying from the pain.

There is nothing like watching your child experience any sort of pain. Watching my daughter fold over in pain made me feel extremely helpless.

As a mother, I hated seeing her like that. I also hated knowing there was nothing I could do to help her or to take that pain away.

I felt so useless.

But instead of being stuck in that feeling, I did what I could. I prayed for her and held her.

Where is God in times of trouble?

When my daughter was sick, I held her in a way I had never held her before.

She was lying on my lap and I covered her body with my own. I prayed over her and wanted her to feel all the love that I had for her.

As I held her, I saw a picture of God and His love for us.

At that moment, I knew that God holds us like that in our pain.

1. He is holding us

God doesn’t just hold us in His lap or in His hand. He completely surrounds us with His presence and covers us with His love.

I sometimes experience pain and I most definitely experience fear.

During those times, the devil loves to have me believe that God is far away and does not care for me. But, that would be a lie.

I know from scripture that God is with me during my darkest hours and my longest days.

Where can we turn when we face trouble?

Any time I face troubles, I turn to the Psalms. This book is filled with people who have faced trouble and their feelings are revelations about God when facing those troubles.

Then many authors of this book knew exactly what it felt like to face various trials and knew who to turn to when they asked: where is God in times of trouble?

One of my favourite psalms to turn to is this one.

God is our refuge and strength, A very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, Even though the earth be removed, And though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea; Though its waters roar and be troubled, Though the mountains shake with its swelling. Selah

There is a river whose streams shall make glad the city of God, The holy place of the tabernacle of the Most High. God is in the midst of her, she shall not be moved; God shall help her, just at the break of dawn.

The nations raged, the kingdoms were moved; He uttered His voice, the earth melted. The LORD of hosts is with us; The God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah

Come, behold the works of the LORD, Who has made desolations in the earth. He makes wars cease to the end of the earth; God breaks the bow and cuts the spear in two; He burns the chariot in the fire.

Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth! The LORD of hosts is with us; The God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah”

Psalm‬ ‭46:1-11‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

There are many other verses to turn to for comfort in times of trouble.

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How does this verse help us?

I memorized the first verse when I was a teenager. I regularly quote it to remind myself of where to go when I am afraid.

These verses verse answers the question: where is God in times of trouble? He is the one who is keeping us safe. He is our safe city we can run to.

God is our Refuge

When reading these verses, I can’t help but notice that God is described as a refuge and a safe place.

Word hippo defines A refuge as:

  1. A condition of being safe or sheltered from pursuit, danger, or trouble
  2. Something providing such shelter

Psalm 46 reminds us that God is our shelter and a safe place to run to.

No matter what is going on in our personal life. No matter what is going on in the world, we can run to God. He is our safe place.

When we have reached His safety He then gives us the strength we need to face our troubles.

In the Old Testament times, when someone committed a crime and needed help they had a chance to run to a city of refuge.

These cities were dispersed around the nation as a place people could go to and be safe from retribution. The cities were sometimes close, but other times they would be far and a refugee would not make it to the city.

God is Present

Not only does the bible tell us that God is a place of safety, but it assures us that God is present when we are going through trials.

Psalm 46  assures us that Jesus is our city of refuge and that it is not far away. It is very present. We don’t have to run a long way to receive help from The Lord.  He is right there with us anytime we face difficulty. (He happens to also be around when things go well).

Not only is His help right there, but He is also present no matter the circumstances of life.

I love these psalms because it reminds me of where I can run in times of trouble and that God is there for me no matter what is going on around me.

In the comments below, share with me your answer to: Where is God in times of trouble?

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