Why Do Bad Things Happen? Part I

Why do bad things happen to the good, bad, saved, and unsaved? That’s a question that’s been asked many times by many people—maybe even you. But, even though we wonder about that, the question is a wrong question. The question should be, “Why weren’t they protected?” Let me explain.

It doesn’t take much to know without a doubt, that bad things happen. Just look around you, or better yet, just turn on the news, which should really be called: All the news that’s not fit to hear!

Believe it or not, there really are good things happening around the world but it’s probably not “sensational” enough. People seem to be drawn to the gross and morbid!

Now, getting back to the original question about why bad things happen, even to good people. We don’t seem to have a problem when bad things happen to bad people, but why good people? Why Christians?

I mentioned earlier that the original question is a wrong question. The question should be asked, “Why weren’t those people protected?” God has given us many promises of protection but many seem to fall short of the manifestation of those promises.

Let’s go back to Genesis and find out what happened in the beginning. In Gen. 1:26  we find that God gave Adam and Eve dominion over the whole earth but when they sold out to Satan, they opened the door for Satan to move right in, and with him came the curse. Everything on planet earth is cursed. Everything is getting old, decaying, and dying. And if God hadn’t intervened by removing Adam and Eve from the Garden, they would have eaten of the Tree of Life and lived forever in the state of sin and under the curse with no way out. There would have been no hope for the human race.

But, God had another plan. (God always has a plan!) He removed Adam and Ever from the Garden, they didn’t eat of the Tree of life. Therefore, the way was now open for God to send the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, to redeem mankind back from the devastating effects of the curse and make a way for those who believe to be able to spend eternity with Him.

However, the curse is still in the earth. Jesus didn’t annihilate the curse. Satan is still legally the god of this world. What He did do was redeem us from the curse so that it doesn’t have its debilitating effect on us. But, it’s up to us. We have our part to do. God has already done His.

2 Corinthians 4:4 (KJV) 4  In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.

In II Tim. 1:12 we see that God is well able to protect us from evil but only if we commit ourselves to Him.

2 Timothy 1:12 (KJV) 12  For the which cause I also suffer these things: nevertheless I am not ashamed: for I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have committed unto him against that day.

Proverbs 3:5-6 (KJV) 5  Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.
6  In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.

As we see, God has provided for our protection but only if we do it His way by committing all our ways to Him. Otherwise, He’s under no obligation to guard and protect us. It’s only the grace of God in the earth that protects those who are not committed to Him.

Even Christians can be guilty of not committing all their ways to the Lord and therefore are not under the umbrella of His protection. That opens the door for the enemy to move in clobber them. Don’t be like that. Stay under God’s protective umbrella, committing all your ways unto Him, and win every time.

[More to follow in Part II.]

Genesis 1:26 (KJV)
26  And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.

1 Peter 1:5 (KJV) 5  Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.
Proverbs 3:5-6 (KJV) 5  Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.
6  In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.


Author: Pamela Moyle

Pamela is a teacher, author, and life-long student of the Word of God, teaching foundational truths to help others walk by faith and not by sight!

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