Why, God, Why!
Why do bad things happen to good people is a question that has been ask by many. There are books, Christian and secular, sermons, bible studies, etc. that attempt to answer this question. I was not going to be one of them but God had a different plan and He brought it to my attention when a young one ask me, Why does God allow bad things to happen. To really answer a question you have to get to the root which is, why is this happening to me. It is here we encounter the half truth gospel which eventually proves to be a lie. The half truth gospel says God is love, mercy, grace and He will make your life great. Is God love, mercy, grace, etc., yes. But that is only parts of God's character and to have only a few pieces to a puzzle will never give you the full picture. So, we will go to the One who suffered unjustly and without proof of any guilt.
What Is The Underlying Cause
The crux, or foundation, of the why question is the word "good." Our position is, I am a good person, list all our good traits here. So, we start with, I don't understand God, which brings us to the why question because it's not fair.
Half truth = LIE
We are born with a selfish bent in how we see ourself. We compare ourselves to the whoever we think is bad and say, see, I do or don't do that therefore I am good. To get at the truth we must ask, are we born good, as the world says.
Psalm 58:3 NET From birth, evil people turn away from God; they wander off and tell lies as soon as they are born.
Romans 3:12 NET All have turned away. Together, everyone has become useless. There is no one who does anything good; there is not even one.
No, we are not born good. So, the half truth is, yes, we may not be drug dealers, serial killers, etc. which makes us appear better than others, but that doesn't explain our selfish nature and wicked heart.
Romans 3:9-20 is the whole truth that plays out consistently in society. Look at the state of societies. As they turn from God, sin abounds and no one wants to face their own selfish ways so they blame others and God, can anyone say Genesis 3.
But this still doesn't answer why, completely.
Someone Else Asked, Why?
Matthew 27:46 NCV About three o’clock Jesus cried out in a loud voice, “Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani?” This means, “My God, my God, why have you abandoned me?”
This is the Son of God, Son of Man, Messiah, God in flesh, the Eternal One crying from His cross, Why.
forsaken-1459- egkataleipo-(from 1722/en, "in"; 2596/kata, " down"; and 3007/leipo, " to leave")- properly, left in a condition of lack ("without"), hence, to feel forsaken (helpless), like left in dire circumstances
Jesus had never been apart from His Father. He had always existed co-eternally with Him ( John 1:1-2). But now, Jesus in His humanity, experienced the wrath of God that was poured out upon Him for the sins of all (Hebrews 2:9). It had been quiet for hours and suddenly Jesus cries,
Psalm 22:1 NKJV My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me? Why are You so far from helping Me, And from the words of My groaning?
Hebrews tells us:
Hebrews 5:7 NKJV who, in the days of His flesh, when He had offered up prayers and supplications, with vehement cries and tears to Him who was able to save Him from death, and was heard because of His godly fear, 8 though He was a Son, yet He learned obedience by the things which He suffered.
We will not pretend that we have full understanding of what Jesus, the God-Man suffered that day. But, we do know Jesus died a planned death (1 Peter 1:20). The cross of Christ was planned before anything or anyone existed. We do know Jesus knows exactly how we feel when it appears we are left in tragedy, pain, and suffering. We do know Jesus took all of God's wrath and judgment upon Himself for us.
We do know we have,
Hebrews 4:15 NKJV NET For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin.
Someone who knows exactly what it is to be in the hands of evil. Jesus, the God-Man, is the only One who did not know sin but personally experienced our helpless and hopeless situation of sin. We will only come to terms with the why question through faith in Jesus the Christ.
Getting Past The Why
Romans 8:16 NKJV The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, 17 and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him, that we may also be glorified together.
Everyone suffers. The question, are you allowing your suffering to glorify God through obedience. I do not say this glibly but I do know it is important to believe God takes our pain and suffering and turns it into good. As we mature in Christ by holding on to Him in faith day by day, sometimes second by second, and we are prayerfully in the word of God we will, painfully and slowly, move past the why and ask that our suffering become a servant to someone else's pain.
We may never be the same, our life might be altered forever but our sight becomes more focused on the true living God, Jesus as the Christ, and our eternal home.
2 Corinthians 4:17 For our momentary, light suffering is producing for us an eternal weight of glory far beyond all comparison 18 because we are not looking at what can be seen but at what cannot be seen. For what can be seen is temporary, but what cannot be seen is eternal.
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