by Russell Dixon
There’s an age old question humanity has been grappling with for centuries: “Why do bad things happen to good people?” In a world that seems to be full of bad news, I have spent months contemplating the why behind the evil that seems to plague our world. With Christians being persecuted right and left, the question seems to resound louder than ever “Where is God in all of this? Why doesn’t He protect His children?”
After much prayer and thought about this subject, I have come to a couple of conclusions. First of all, we live in a fallen world and, because of our sinful nature as humans, there are going to be bad things that happen in this life. However, the reality that bad things happen to good people does not change the fact we serve a good God. God is good, and He does not stop being good just because bad things happen. Goodness is the very essence, nature and character of God. He does not change no matter what trials we face in life.
The second conclusion I have come to is that I believe God allows us to go through storms in life to draw us closer to Him and His presence. The Bible is very clear God does not tempt us. “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. God does not tempt, but He does allow us to go through storms so He can use the hard seasons to grow us, mold us, and shape us into the men and women of God He desires for us to be.
Many times when these storms hit, we want or expect God to just zip by on a helicopter and pull us right out. But God doesn’t promise that. The writer of Hebrews assures us the storms we face are not in vain. Hebrews 6:18-19 says “Therefore, we who have fled to him for refuge can have great confidence as we hold to the hope that lies before us. This hope is a strong and trustworthy anchor for our souls. It leads us through the curtain into God’s inner sanctuary.”
What a beautiful picture of what Jesus does for us when we face the storms of this life! God does not promise to pull us out of the storm, but He does promise He will be WITH us in the storm. This is the great hope we have. God sent his Son, Jesus, to die on a cross for our sins. When we place our faith and trust in Him, we walk through the storms of life knowing He is with us ALWAYS. And just like an anchor does its best work below the surface, so Jesus does His best work in the depths of our hearts, anchoring our souls down through the trials of life. In a “bad news” world we can take heart because we have an anchor for our souls. That is Good News, my friends.
If you find yourself in the middle of a storm, take courage that Jesus will get you through. It may not be easy, but Jesus will carry you through to the other side. And when you look back on your life, you will see the same God who made you and saved you is the same God who was with you through both your toughest trials and your brightest days.