Some how, we believe that when people are good their path in life is one of ease and comfort. We equate blessings with prosperity, ease and health. We see suffering as a result of our own sins or the sins of our forefathers.
When we face suffering we often wonder “What did I ever do to deserve this?” Some times it can bring us such frustration and despair to see how we are afflicted while others “less deserving than us” prosper.
The first thing we must realize is that we are all sinners and undeserving of God’s love. Yet, when we were enemies of God, Chirst came and died for us.
Romans 3:23 (NASB)
for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,
Romans 3:10-18 (NKJV)
As it is written: “There is none righteous, no, not one;
Romans 5:8 (KJV)
But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.
None of us is more deserving of anything. In fact, we are only good because God has saves us and cleansed us from sin. Nothing in us makes us worthy of anything.
And yes, bad things happen to good people.
In fact, when we choose to follow God, more persecutions and trials come out way. The fact is that Satan doesn’t want us to have a saving relationshinp with God. He doesn’t want to see us get to heaven. So he hurls all manner of evil at us, trying to get us to let go of God.
Job was a good man. There was no one on earth like him and that made Satan mad.
“Job is only serving You for blessings. If he wasn’t proceed or blessed he wouldn’t be serving You.”
God told Satan that he could afflict Job.
Job 1:12 (NASB)
Then the Lord said to Satan, “Behold, all that he has is in your power, only do not put forth your hand on him.” So Satan departed from the presence of the Lord.
Terible calamities came to Job and the hand of Satan yet Job did not sin.
Again Satan returned to God and told Him that Job would certainly sin if he became ill. Once again Satan was permitted to afflict Job.
Job 2:7 (NASB)
Then Satan went out from the presence of the Lord and smote Job with sore boils from the sole of his foot to the crown of his head.
Despite all of this Job did not sin.
Like Job, bad things happen to a God’s people at the hand of Satan. When we are facing our trials and afflictions let us remember the story of Job.
It wasn’t God that caused Job’s sufferings and it also isn’t God that causes our sufferings. God gives us good things because He is love and love doesn’t hurt.
Let us cling to the hope that one day soon there will be no more suffering because sin and all of its results will be no more.