This has been a particularly difficult week. Certain events have taken place which have caused people to examine their faith in the Almighty Creator. It seems that anytime particularly difficult times arise, the question is asked, “Why do bad things happen to good people?” The simple answer is that we are human and we live in a world which is fading away, however, that answer just doesn’t seem to provide much comfort.
In His Sermon on the Mount, Jesus says, “He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous.” (Matthew 5:45 NIV) It becomes immediately clear that God does not play favorites. Later we find James stating, “When tempted, no one should say, ‘God is tempting me.’ For God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does he tempt anyone.” (James 1:13 NIV) We, as humans, are sometimes so quick to blame God for the difficulties in our life.
So, if good and evil befall both the righteous and the unrighteous, then how are we to respond to the calamities of life? James says, “Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.” (James 1:2-4 NIV)
God does not cause storms to happen but he does expect us to weather them. When we keep our eyes focused on God through the storm, we will come out on the other side stronger and more convicted in our faith.
We are so blessed to have a Father who holds his hand outstretched, straining to grab hold of our shattered lives. “How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God!” (1 John 3:1 NIV)