Why do bad things happen to good people? I mean why would God let our nine week old baby die?” a friend asked me this week. I replied “Because God felt there was no need for your baby to go through life to get to Heaven”. In deed, God is gracious enough to take children from the misery of this world straight into His kingdom.
How can I be certain of this? Proof is found in the gospel of Matthew: “Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Whoever humbles himself like this child, he is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven“. (Matthew 18:3-4)
I don’t really know why God allows bad things to happen to good people. I can only speculate why He let my friend have lose her baby. However, I do know there is a reason for everything that happens in the universe, I am convinced that nothing happens for no reason.
God has a plan and His plan is being executed according to His will. That I am sure of. I also know that His plan is certainly not ours and that we will all get answers to our questions in due time.
The bible tells us life on earth is not a prize, it’s a merely a walk toward the ultimate gift that is eternal life in the Kingdom of God. Understanding this is understanding the meaning of life itself and, understanding that bad things will happen in all our lives until we reach the only place where all is good, for all eternity.
The bible says “He who finds his life will lose it, and he who loses his life for my sake will find it.” (Matthew 10:39)
It is important we all seek a better life in Heaven rather on earth for the Lord is clear about those who find pleasure in the forbidden fruits in this life. “If your right eye causes you to sin, pluck it out and throw it away; it is better that you lose one of your members than that your whole body be thrown into hell.” (Matthew 5:29)
With this in mind, we can be sure that bad things will continue to happen on earth until His time comes. The time when Christ returns and hand picks the chosen ones, the time of the rapture.
When we are taken from this earth and transported to His Kingdom, when the unworthy are left behind to endure a thousand years of pure Hell, this will be the time when everything will be made holy. When everything makes sense.
Until then, we are told to expect the unexpected. We are commanded to keep worshiping our Lord no matter what, just as Paul did while imprisoned in Philippi. Always remember Paul’s words “For I know that through your prayers and the help of the Spirit of Jesus Christ this will turn out for my deliverance, as it is my eager expectation and hope that I shall not be at all ashamed, but that with full courage now as always Christ will be honored in my body, whether by life or by death.” (Philippians 1:19-21)
Know that our faith will continue to be tested until we are made holy. Aweful things will continue to happen to good people all around us as Satan does all he can to deceive and hurt believers in an effort to minimize God’s glory on earth.
Trust that the Lord is with you and that better days await all of us. Keep walking toward the gates of heaven knowing that God anxiously awaits you.
We thank you for your blessings in our lives
For your almighty Grace, your strength,
And for looking after us, our families, our friends
And all those around us.
Lord we ask that you continue to lead our footsteps
Along the difficult walk that is life on earth,
Keeping us from evil
And continuing to shine your light bright upon us.
Father we pray you will forgive our sins
And inspire us to live according to your ways,
Touching others positively and fulfilling your mission
For our lives.
God we love you and thank you for all that surrounds us!
This message was written by Daniel St.Pierre