Greg Laurie: Why Do Bad Things Happen to Godly People?

By Boaz Wadel

There are times I just don't know why God does or does not do certain things. I, like you, am mystified by a lot of it.

Listen, being a Christian does not mean you will not suffer. We may ask the question "Why me?" but we could more easily ask "Why not me?" 1 Peter 4:12 warns us, "Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery trial when it comes upon you to test you, as though something strange were happening you" (ESV). Our trials and sufferings should not be seen as strange, but should be expected.

Jesus Himself assured us that there will be suffering in our lives. "These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world" (John 16:33 NKJV).

Here is what we need to know: suffering will come. It's not a matter of if but when and how much. We need to prepare for it.

If, as you are reading this, you are not experiencing any suffering or tragedy, I would say, "Rejoice, and enjoy it!" But know that hardship will come.

Here is the bottom line. You are either coming out of a storm or headed into another. "People are born for trouble as predictably as sparks fly upward from a fire" (Job 5:7 NLT). It's just a matter of time. In this life, the only way to avoid suffering is to die. So, like the diligent squirrel gathering nuts for winter, store these truths in your heart.

In his book If God Is Good, Why? Randy Alcorn says, "Most of us don't give focused thought to evil and suffering until we experience them. This forces us to formulate perspective on the fly, at a time when our thinking is muddled and we're exhausted and consumed by pressing issues. People who have 'been there' will attest that it's far better to think through suffering in advance."

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