Why Does God Allow Bad Things to Happen to Good People?

WHYThis one simple question can be a stumbling block to anyone who has experienced something ’bad’ in their life. The death of a loved one, a health issue, an accident, an injury, an abusive relationship, and the list goes on. We have all experienced some sort of trauma in our lives and usually we are left asking the question, why God? Why did this bad thing happen? The truth is God does allow ‘bad’ things to happen to us but he does not cause them. In fact quite the opposite. He knows our pain, he’s experienced it, he loves us and he promises to help us through it.

Psalm 23:4, “Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.”

Psalm 46:1, “God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.”

God does not ‘will’ that bad things to happen us, but rather they happen because we live in a fallen world that is corrupted by sin and led by the master of it, Satan himself. So then you might ask, if God does not cause the accident, or death, or whatever ‘bad’ thing happened, then why does he not step in and prevent it? And my answer is this. God has his reasons for intervening and not intervening in people’s lives. Sometimes He will step in and other times he does not. It’s not because you have done something wrong or are being punished, no, for God does not condemn us (John 3:17). It’s because Gods ways are not our ways and His thoughts are not our thoughts (Isaiah 55:8). He sees things from a different point of view then you or I. He knows the beginning from the end, our past and even our future. And he always has a plan in mind.

Think about this for a moment. All of the disciples in the Bible went through trials and many died gruesome deaths for their belief in Christ, including: being stoned to death, beheaded, crucified, dragged, hanged and beaten, among other things. I would call all of these things ‘bad’. But you see, the disciples did not cast Christ aside and give up on him. No, they went to their deaths defending Christ and because of that many people came to the love and knowledge of Christ.

Or how about God sending His one and only Son, Jesus Christ, to die a horrific death on the cross. If God allowed this to happen to his Son, then wouldn’t he allow us to go through trials and tribulations also? Yes he would! But you see, God always has a plan, even with His Son.  He allowed the horrible death of Jesus in order that you and I could have the saving grace that we so freely share today. God knows that all things work together for good for those who love God (Romans 8:29). So praise you Lord for the death of your Son! What a blessing it was for us all!

God has a reason for everything he does. Sometimes we go through trials because God wants to teach us something, other times its because he wants to bring us closer to Himself, and other times its because he knows something about the situation that we may not. We won’t always understand Gods ways, because ultimately, as I stated before, his ways are higher than ours and his thoughts are higher than our thoughts. He is not meant to be understood all the time.

What we need to remember is that no matter the trials we are going through, God promises he will be there with us guiding us through. He will hold our hands in all situations, and He never lets us go it alone, NO! He is with us. He was with Jesus at the cross, He was with the disciples at their deaths, and He is with you and I too! We, however, must put our faith, hope and trust in Him, and know that he has a better plan in mind.

Isaiah 41:10, “Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”

Romans 8:18, “For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.”

Love you all!

(Also Blogged on www.vineoflife.net) 


33 responses to “Why Does God Allow Bad Things to Happen to Good People?

  1. Sometimes it is to bring you to a higher place than you currently are. “Have you considered my servant Job, there is none like him.in.all the earth“ How many of us would like our name.mentioned in heaven like Job´s name was. The Lord’s confidenc in Job was vindicated.and he blessed him with twice as mu h as he had before. Remember, the hotter the fire, the higher the calling .

  2. Reblogged this on NoWorksSalvationApocalypseNow and commented:
    A beautiful summation of a very difficult problem faced by all people. Christians struggle with this concept and often have trouble discussing it with unchurched and unsaved peoples. God’s thoughts are very different from our thoughts and we have difficulty grasping this especially in the midst of struggle. It is so easy to forget that Christ is in control and that he is refining us while we are on this earth.

  3. Hi Elisse, as you said …. the question does God willingly allow us to suffer can be a stumbling block to anyone who has experienced something ’bad’ in their life…. because even if we sugar-coat it and say it is for our good, we won’t Trust and believe in someone even God, who we think will deliberately hurt us or willingly allow us to suffer evil for whatever reason .

    Lamentations 3: 33 For He doth not afflict willingly nor grieve the children of men.

    Jeremiah 29 :11-12 For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the LORD, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a Hope.

    It is clear from the Scripture above that God does not do this but He also does not go against our free will as shown with the Prodigal son, we reap what we sow until we come to our senses, this is what God allows, His discipline is to give us time out but it is our choice if we repent. He chastises us through the Body of Christ, we are all responsible in keeping the Church pure and so need to rebuke and warn those who continue to sin and we will if we Love them.

    Psalm 97:9-11 For thou, Lord, art high above all the earth: thou art exalted far above all gods. Ye that Love the Lord, hate evil: He preserveth the souls of His Saints; He delivereth them out of the hand of the wicked. Light is sown for the righteous, and gladness for the upright in heart.

    As you also shared Elisse, we live in a fallen world that Satan has power over and his followers may hurt us as many have experienced and will experience before the first Sickel or Rapture as it is called today but he cannot cause us to perish eternally, likr with the early Church as the Scipture above tells us, God protects our soul and will keep us strong to the end, how do we know God’s heart, His perfect will for us, we see the answer clearly in 1Corinthians2 (9-16).

    So why does God not intervene, He often does but we may not realise it at the time, He always keeps us from death until our allotted time on earth is over which is till His work in our life is finished, although our bodies are wearing out, He keeps our Spirits strong in Christ Jesus.

    God hates evil but tolerates it for us, it is not His will anyone perishes, He is giving us time to be perfected in Love as we are conformed into the image of Jesus Christ, who chose Himself to die for us so we could be in Unity and because He knew that we would all perish if He didn’t and this would break His Father’s heart. For God the Father to see His Son being tortured and suffering for our sins and not intervening took great Love which He has in abundance for us.

    For God to stop all evil now, although it is coming soon, would mean the world as we know it would have to come to an end which means He would have to allow some of His Children to perish, to be eternally separated from Him, this is why we are to share the Gospel and we will do so freely when we Love God and others and as we plant good seeds The Holy Spirit will bring them to fruitian and they will willingly come to heart repentance.

    Christian Love Always from both of us – Anne.

  4. Very well put, and right now I find it hard to look ahead and and remember that “God knows that all things work together for good for those who love God (Romans 8:29)” I know in my heart it is true, but how can I say my husband’s death is good? I can tell you we both love God and trust in Him and that is carrying me through right now at a time when I cannot see the “good”. My husband is a true man of God, always content in all circumstances and I know he heard the words, “well done faithful servant”. Right now, no I can’t see the good, but I feel God’s presence all around me and giving me the strength and comfort I need to move forward. Like my husband I will trust God that when the time is right He will reveal His plan for me and my children and I will see how God has worked this time into good for His glory. Blessings!

    • I’m so sorry for your loss, and what a hard thing to have to go through! I can’t even begin to imagine. But praise God that you have a good heart, I can see it through your writing. And you are standing firm in the Lord, through a difficult situation, which shows where your heart lies…and that’s with the Lord. I’m blessed to hear such powerful words coming from you. Thank you for sharing them with me!! And hang in there my Sister in Christ.

  5. Very well said. This is a difficult subject and I too agree that the answer lies in the fall of the entire creation as a result of sin.

    Romans 8 tells us that that the entire creation groans as a result of the fall… So when hurricanes and earthquakes and viruses and death affect us, we understand that these are direct consequences of the fall.

  6. Hi there! I am so glad God led me to see your blog. Pastor George and I are Christian Counselors, and we get asked the “why” question a lot. Thing is, we point out frequently, knowing the why won’t change a person’s negative circumstances or experience. We encourage those going through hard times to do as Jesus did: look beyond the circumstances to a better time. “Who but for the joy set before Him endured the cross”. We also encourage believers to hold God to His promise in Romans 8:28. He indeed works all things, good and bad, for good for those of us who love Him.

    Pastor Sharon

  7. Hi Elissa, I would like to commend and encourage you for your humble Spirit that accepts correction and that puts others first and your great Love for The Lord, in being humble we are to be also faithful to God’s Truth regardless of the opposition this brings and I feel you seek to do this in your messages and in your Ministry to woman and I’m sure you are the same with your husband and children. I have seen a lot of set-ups on the Internet and with Blogging, sadly they only deceive themselves, God will give us discernment and so some we just ignore, they won’t listen to correction but others we correct in Love and for Love.

    Christian Love – Anne

  8. I loved it! Too often we are letting the world define our Jesus as an angry God.

    May I point out a minor change with what you wrote?

    Usually, God does not will bad things upon us, we just live in a fallen and depraved world. But, there are occasions for his purposes.

    The death of Christ is the first I think of. What we define as bad, God sometimes has defined for his glory.

    God bless you,


  9. You stated that all of the disciples in the Bible went through trials and many died gruesome deaths for their belief in Christ, including: being stoned to death, beheaded, crucified, dragged, hanged and beaten, among other things. But they did not cast Christ aside and give up on him, but went to their deaths defending Christ.

    So you’re saying that the only hope for those disciples was death and going to heaven? I think what the disciples went through is very terrible and depressing. They had to die. And what was the purpose in these disciples dying? Was it that they can see heaven? Lots are going to heaven and didn’t have to die a horrible death like the disciples. In all reality it just doesn’t make sense for these disciples to die like they did. God should have helped these disciples from dying such an horrible death, and allowed them to die like Job did, in good old age.

    Jesus Christ, God’s only begotten son died a horrific death on the cross, but he died for our sins and was raised the 3rd day, whereas the disciples just did just to be dying, big difference. The disciples wasn’t raised on the 3rd day like Jesus, neither was there any purpose in their dying those horrible death, whereas Jesus died for our sins, that was his purpose of dying.

    I just wish God could be more clear about things, because when things are hidden it just causes us to doubt and go astray. How do he expect us to understand and be happy in him if things are so indirect and unclear and hard to understand.

    • If Jesus allowed his only Son to die, for our sins or not, then how can we expect less? I don’t think it is Gods will for us to suffer, however some of us will suffer and die for our faith as the disciples did. Some won’t. God tells us we will have trials and tribulations on Earth, for this is what brings us closer to him. If everything was perfect, why would we need God? What would we learn? Considering this, the Bible says that trials only make us stronger and closer to him, and ready us for the Kingdom to come. God does want what is best for his children and sometimes it takes trials for that. Human race is stubborn. At least, I am. 🙂 But God is a God of love, and he cares only what is best for you. It is Satan and his legion who does the attacking. But God gives us the capability to handle those battle with HIS Aid. We can’t do it alone. This is what makes the Christian life great, God is there to help us through. Love you my sister in Christ. 🙂

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