Why Do Bad Things Happen to Good People?

A friend of mine was minding her own business when a stranger violently assaulted her, leaving her for dead, unconscious, out in the freezing cold. 9 months later, she was delivered of a beautiful baby boy, but she has suffered the effects of PTSD and seizures, as well as the need for several major operations.

Money problems have followed, and a, recently, difficult surgery with a painful recovery was performed on an almost emergency basis.

Her family, by all accounts, are good people. They love the Lord. They go to church. They do good deeds, and they care about other people. 

I doubt there is a person alive who has not felt the agony of terrible things, as if a lightning bolt fell from the sky, wreaking havoc on their otherwise peaceful existences. 

For some, the news is more devastating than others. A cancer diagnosis. A delinquent child. A violent car crash. All sudden, unpredictable, and for seemingly no reason.

My friend reached out to me before this final surgery and asked me why such bad things are happening to her. I told her this:

We are, right now, all of us, standing in the middle of a battlefield, and this is a war. Darts are flying, artillery is in motion, and you, my dear friend, are the target.

Whether or not you are a good person does not factor into the equation. You have an enemy, and John 10:10 says that that enemy comes to steal and to kill and to destroy. Plain and simple, someone has it out for you.

Read the book of Job. Good guy, bad life events. Not his fault. All the fault of the enemy. 

In this blog, I always try to tell you the truth, and that is the truth. The one that would destroy everything in your life that he possibly can is the same one who influenced the rulers to destroy all the male children under the age of 2 when Moses was born and when the Messiah had come. 

Those babies had done nothing wrong and neither had their mothers, and yet, all those children died. 

We see wars, pestilences, and famines, and these also are the work of the enemy. We live in a fallen world, and it is best to understand where we are and to take cover. 

Here is something you always need to remember: God loves you, He is good, and He can be trusted. When bullets are flying, and all is a mess, and you don't understand it, know that God is good, that He loves you, and that He can be trusted. Put on the armor of God, and stand firm.

He is always working everything for good. Each and every single thing. Psalm 46:1 says:

'God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore will not we fear, though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be be moved into the heart of the sea'.
When nothing makes sense, hold tight to His word and take refuge in Him. Draw near and trust. Just trust. You need fear no evil as you walk through the valley of the shadow of death. He is always by your side, preparing a table for you in the midst of your enemies and anointing your head with oil and leading you by the still waters. 
He is always there even if it doesn't feel like it, and when you're saved He dwells within you. The war, though horrible, will not last forever. The Bible says that after you have suffered a little while that He will 'restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you.' 1 Peter 5:10. 
My friend who suffered horribly at the hands of a rapist and would-be murderer is now being invited to speak at events to tell of her beautiful child who is a blessing from God despite the tragedy that caused his birth. She was even invited this past week to speak at in Washington D.C. in conjunction with pro-life legislation, the Heartbeat Bill, and she recently returned from Ireland to share her story there. Because of her story, others have decided to choose life for their babies. God had a purpose for her pain, and He has one for you, too, even if you don't see it this side of heaven. You can read my article about my friend's story in the Huffington Post here
Stay Gutsy,
Rosa

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8 comments

  • heather
    heather
    So true! We so often don't live like there's a spiritual war going on. Awakens me to the need to keep our spiritual armor on and to use the Word as a sword. And sadly, bad things are a part of living in a fallen world. But thank God He has a plan to redeem it all. Evil doesn't win!

    So true! We so often don't live like there's a spiritual war going on. Awakens me to the need to keep our spiritual armor on and to use the Word as a sword. And sadly, bad things are a part of living in a fallen world. But thank God He has a plan to redeem it all. Evil doesn't win!

  • Rachel Lee
    Rachel Lee
    God is good, He loves us, and He can be trusted- powerful and true words! I'm sorry to hear about your friend. My prayers are being lifted up on her behalf today. Thanks for sharing! You friendly neighbor at God-sized Dreams link up. ;)

    God is good, He loves us, and He can be trusted- powerful and true words!
    I'm sorry to hear about your friend. My prayers are being lifted up on her behalf today.

    Thanks for sharing!

    You friendly neighbor at God-sized Dreams link up. wink

  • Kathleen
    Kathleen
    Thank you for this. The best explanation I've seen so far on this common question. So sorry for your friend.

    Thank you for this. The best explanation I've seen so far on this common question. So sorry for your friend.

  • Sarah Koontz
    Sarah Koontz
    I really appreciated this article. It is a necessary message, and one I think you handled with care and understanding. God bless you, your friend, and your writing ministry.

    I really appreciated this article. It is a necessary message, and one I think you handled with care and understanding. God bless you, your friend, and your writing ministry.

  • angie
    angie
    God is good all the time even when we think he is not as it is not going our way. Remember he is in control and has our best intentions in mind

    God is good all the time even when we think he is not as it is not going our way. Remember he is in control and has our best intentions in mind

  • sue
    sue
    You are right on point: we are at war. And outward struggles remind us. Thanks for this good post!

    You are right on point: we are at war. And outward struggles remind us. Thanks for this good post!

  • Dawn
    Dawn
    I love the questions that make us think... the thoughts that we have to wrestle and struggle with when our knowledge doesn't meet equally with a faith that is strong in spite of the circumstances. I don't love the struggle though... or the pain that often accompanies the lesson. But you are so right about the fact that God is always good. All. The. Time. And that is something that I hold on to when the "Job-like-moments" are all too real. I am so very sorry for your friend and will lift her up in prayer. Thanks for sharing this at the #GraceMoments Link Up. Blessings, Dawn

    I love the questions that make us think... the thoughts that we have to wrestle and struggle with when our knowledge doesn't meet equally with a faith that is strong in spite of the circumstances. I don't love the struggle though... or the pain that often accompanies the lesson. But you are so right about the fact that God is always good. All. The. Time. And that is something that I hold on to when the "Job-like-moments" are all too real.
    I am so very sorry for your friend and will lift her up in prayer.
    Thanks for sharing this at the #GraceMoments Link Up.
    Blessings,
    Dawn

  • Rachel
    Rachel
    For some reason I cannot find the rest of this blog. Can you please send me the entire article?? On your Pinterest site and online they both end at where it says Psalm 46 says...

    For some reason I cannot find the rest of this blog. Can you please send me the entire article?? On your Pinterest site and online they both end at where it says Psalm 46 says...

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