I have often heard people ask the question: “Why do bad things happen to good people?”
There is an interesting verse in Ecclesiastes 7:14 from the New Living Translation. “Enjoy prosperity while you can, but when hard times strike, realize that both come from God.” Christians are not immune from facing hardships in life. The Psalmist wrote: “Your righteousness, O God, reaches to the highest heavens. You have done such wonderful things. Who can compare with you, O God?”
“You have allowed me to suffer much hardship, but you will restore me to life again and lift me up from the depths of the earth. You will restore me to even greater honor and comfort me once again.” Psalms 71:19-21 (NLT)
Whatever suffering God permits us to experience He will always compensate us with His overwhelming goodness and love and restore us back to life and normalcy again. Whether we experience times of prosperity or times of hardship and adversity, it is so important to remember that God is good at all times and that we walk in humility and thankfulness before Him.
“God’s way is perfect—His word has been proven true—He is a shield to those who trust in Him.” Psalm 18:30
“It is God that girds us with strength and makes our way perfect.” Psalm 18:32
Our journey in this life is a walk of faith. We cannot be certain of only good times in life. But we can be certain that God will remain good to us and that He will always be there to help us when we face adversity. The Psalmist David faced many enemies who tried to destroy his life. But God delivered him from their hand. He described the Lord as “his rock.” (Psalm 18:31) He took his refuge in the Lord and noted that God was his “shield of defense” (18:30) The entire 18th chapter of Psalms is full of praise and rejoicing for the mercies that God had shown toward David. Sometimes we have to recount some past victories and express gratitude toward God for them just to build up our faith.
Never Speak Foolishly!
We remember that a man named Job in the Bible was tested severely for his integrity and faith. When his wife told him to curse God and die, Job did not grant her wish. Job said to her, “Shall we indeed accept good from God, and shall we not accept adversity? In all this Job did not sin with his lips.”
Job expressed his faith in God while in deep adversity. God rewarded him with deliverance and restoration because he did not turn away from God.
Remember: The goodness of God will always provide the strength and grace to endure at all times.