Does God Allow Bad Things to Happen?

There are people in this world who choose to not believe in the existence of our God because He allows bad things to happen to us. Is it true that God allows bad things to happen to us? The answer is yes and no.

Firstly, what is considered “bad?” Merriam-Webster defines it as failing to reach an acceptable standard, unfavorable. Bad things happen to everyone. That’s our consequence for sin. Let’s back up to the Garden of Eden, God commanded Adam that he and Eve could eat from any of the trees in the garden beside the knowledge of good and evil.

“And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, “You may surely eat of every tree of the garden, but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.” – Genesis 2:16-17 ESV

Eve fell into temptation and brought the apple to Adam and they ate . They went against what God had commanded them. This brought sin into the world. Sin causes separation between us and God.

“but your iniquities have made a separation between you and your God, and your sins have hidden his face from you so that he does not hear.” – Isaiah 59:2 

Sin is the reason that we are no longer in the presence of God on Earth. We can no longer walk with God or talk to Him face to face because we are sinful and unholy. Our walk with God today is through reading His word, and our talks are through prayer.

From our perspective, yes, God allows bad things to happen to us. Things don’t always go the way we think that they should go. Valleys are not always our most favorable conditions.

This is a very me-centered way of thinking rather than God-centered.

     However, without those valleys, we would not be the people we are today. These “bad” things have shaped us. They have molded us. God didn’t bring these “bad things” to hurt us but rather to mold us more like Him. They are not “bad” to God, they are blessings. God does not have an evil will. God is good. They seem bad to us because we cannot see all of the behind the scenes work. I was reading something the other day that discussed it like this,

God brought you a red light even though you really needed a green light because you were late to work. However, you did not know at the next stoplight ahead that there was a man who was on his phone and blew through his red light. You would have been in that very spot if it wasn’t for the red light.

     Today, I challenge to thank God for the less than favorable conditions of today. 

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