As a Christian, it can be difficult to reconcile the fact that bad things happen to good people, especially those who follow God. It’s natural to ask questions like “why do bad things happen to Christians?” and “does God allow suffering in our lives for a reason?” In this blog post, we will explore some possible reasons why bad things happen to Christians.
- We live in a fallen world
When Adam and Eve sinned in the Garden of Eden, they introduced sin and its consequences into the world. Since then, the world has been marred by suffering, pain, and death. Christians are not immune to the effects of sin in the world. We may experience sickness, loss, and other hardships just like anyone else.
- God allows suffering to refine our faith
As Christians, we believe that God can use difficult circumstances to shape us and make us more like Christ. Just as gold is refined by fire, our faith can be strengthened through trials and suffering. In James 1:2-4, we read: “Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.”
- Our own choices have consequences
Sometimes, the bad things that happen to us are a result of our own choices. For example, if we engage in risky behavior or make poor decisions, we may experience negative consequences. However, even in these situations, God can work to bring good out of our mistakes and help us learn from them.
- We live in a spiritual battle
The Bible tells us that we are engaged in a spiritual battle against evil forces (Ephesians 6:12). As Christians, we may experience attacks from the enemy in the form of temptation, persecution, or other trials. However, we can take comfort in the fact that God is greater than any spiritual force and has already won the ultimate victory over sin and death through Jesus Christ.
Bad things happen to Christians for a variety of reasons. Most of the circumstances God allows are actually happening FOR us rather than TO us, and also to help others. While we may never fully understand why we experience suffering and hardships, we can trust in God’s love and faithfulness to see us through. As Romans 8:28 reminds us, “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” Keep going! If you do, greater possibilities await you…