In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while, if need be, you have been grieved by various trials, that the genuineness of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tested by fire, may be found to praise, honor, and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ (1 Pet. 1:6-7)
The query “when bad things happen to good people”, has trickled into conversation or material I have witnessed on numerous occasions over the past eight months. Even two days prior to Angel’s passing, this astute subject matter was the topic of our Sunday sermon. The message of “God is good” was preached to an audience of my wife, my dear Angel Girl and myself. Little did I know how poignant this instructed dialogue would become.
As we left the service that day, Angel had stated how she enjoyed the message given by the associate Pastor. My recollection is that I was astounded that she was paying attention at all, and was pleasantly surprised by her genuine comment. The entirety of the message announced God is good even when the trials of our lives were portrayed otherwise; and that in the face of adversity, there was an unfailing love from above, and that God is good!
As I reflect back and gather my balance on the “why” of things, there is no palpable explanation. I suspect there will be no solution to this inquiry until the time to see my Angel again is upon me. So I must go with faith and the Word to satisfy my earthly yearning to this dilemma. I do know that God is good and aches with me as I sort through my emotion…I also feel a constant pull towards Him as I seek His guidance.
I believe there are many factors that allow for bad things to rear up and snatch away life’s blessings. Whether by human error, chance accident, blatant attack, the enemy himself, or a blending of any or all of these factors, God is not the cause of such theft or hardship. He is a constant witness and compassionate Father who will use our adversities to draw us closer to Him for healing, comfort and growth. That is the purpose in which He allows the trials on our journey to manifest at all.
And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose. (Rom. 8:28)
It is our responsibility to recognize this purpose and step in faith. He will not pour it on us without our willingness to receive His compassion. I have witnessed this in my own experience. Each day that passes as I walk towards Him, He gives me further confirmation of His promise and truth.
I pray that as adversity strikes I continue to step in faith towards God for healing, comfort and resolution, and His purpose is revealed to me in such times and I follow it with reverence and devotion because God is good!
May God bless you and give you Grace.