Why Do Bad Things Happen?

Life can be confusing at times, to say the least. And sometimes, we just ask God, “Why?” Because we don’t understand. Because whatever He’s doing in the world around us doesn’t make sense in our eyes. I’m in the car with my mom, and, as we pass by an accident on the interstate, I wonder why God allowed that to happen. And why does He let much-loved family members die? As I think about this, something else comes to mind. Late last week, I was at a youth conference in Stone Mountain, Georgia. One morning, we were having breakfast in the hotel, and the shooting in Aurora, Colorado was on the news. And my first impression was, Why? This type of thing is heartbreaking; so why does it happen?

This morning I was reading my Bible, and I came across Psalm 88. It’s an interesting chapter. In it, the psalmist is just overwhelmed with troubles, and he cries out to God for help. Haven’t we all felt like that? Like the pressure of the troubles around us are closing in, like it’s just too much? Psalm 9:10 is an excellent verse in times like this:

Those you know Your Name trust in You, for You, O Lord, do not abandon those who search for You.

I’ve written a lot of posts on trust lately. You see, it’s impossible for us to understand everything God does; that’s why trusting Him is so important. God sees what we cannot yet see. Someday, we’ll look back and understand why certain things happened. But right now, we aren’t able to do that, so we just have to trust in God.

Psalm 91 is a great passage about trust. I encourage you to take the time, right now, to read it:

Those who live in the shelter of the Most High will find rest in the shadow of the Almighty. This I declare about the Lord: He alone is my refuge, my place of safety; He is my God, and I trust Him. For He will rescue you from every trap and protect you from deadly disease. He will cover you with His feathers. He will shelter you with His wings. His faithful promises are your armor and protection. Do not be afraid of the terrors of the night, nor the arrow that flies in the day. Do not dread the disease that stalks in darkness, nor the disaster that strikes at midday. Though a thousand fall at your side, though ten thousand are dying around you, these evils will not touch you. Just open your eyes, and see how the wicked are punished.

If you make the Lord your refuge, if you make the Most High your shelter, no evil will conquer you; no plague will come near your home. For He will order his angels to protect you wherever you go. They will hold you up with their hands so you won’t even hurt your foot on a stone. You will trample upon lions and cobras; you will crush fierce lions and serpents under your feet!

The Lord says, “I will rescue those who love me. I will protect those who trust in my Name. When they call on me, I will answer; I will be with them in trouble. I will rescue and honor them. I will reward them with a long life and give them my salvation.”

You may still be asking “Why?” I’m afraid that I can’t answer that. No one, except God, can. But we can be assured that whatever He does, it is for our benefit, even if we can’t see that right now.


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