I’ve always been a true believer in the ideology that you reap what you sow. I sternly believe that if you do good things you will have good things happen to you in return.
On the flip side I believe that if you do bad things that bad things will happen to you in return. That’s only fair. If someone does something that hurts others, they should be punished accordingly.
However, I’ve never really been comfortable with the question, “Why do bad things happen to good people?” I’m an amateur on the bible but I thought it could have been because your ancestors were being punished through you. After all we are all still suffering for the sins of Adam and Eve.
I’ve also heard many times that the world is just random acts and that no one is promised a life of ease, but I believe it’s more than that! I believe EVERYTHING IS ON PURPOSE.
Now, I’m an amateur on the bible but I did come across a story from John 9 that seemed to clear everything up for me.
“As Jesus was walking along, he saw a man who had been blind from birth. ‘Rabbi,’ his disciples asked him, ‘why was this man born blind? Was it because of his own sins or his parents’ sins?’
‘It was not because of his sins or his parents’ sins,’ Jesus answered. ‘This happened so the power of God could be seen in him. We must quickly carry out the tasks assigned us by the one who sent us.’”
Bad things happen to us so the Power of God can be seen in us. ……….. WOW!
Paul said to rejoice in our sufferings because God has a habit of turning weaknesses into strengths.
- The Roman Cross – once a symbol of oppression and torment is now a sign of love and forgiveness
- Paul of Tarsus – once a tyrant killing Christians is now known as the great messenger of God
- Helen Keller – once a deaf mute child is now remember as an inspiration
- Moses – once known as a murderer with a speech impediment is now known as one of the original prophets
- David – once a small insignificant boy turned into a great warrior king who God showed favor to with all David touched
How much more powerful is a message when delivered by a person who has experienced immense setbacks or has an overwhelming weakness only to have succeeded despite it?
We must quickly carryout the tasks assigned to us. When you have setback or handicap don’t become bitter. True maturity is accepting it and looking for a way to turn it into a strength in order to honor your Father.
Everything is on purpose. Don’t waste it. Don’t waste cancer, divorce, illness, speech impediments, your body, job loss, bankruptcy, and the loss of a loved one. Don’t waste it. Ask yourself, “How can I use this?”