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This may seem like a crazy question, but how many of us have asked this question? My guess is probably every one of us have asked that so many times we could not count them even if we had to. Throughout life we all are faced with various tragedies that happen in our family and those we care about. As far back as the book of Judges (6:13) Gideon asks; “If the Lord is with us, why then has all this happened to us?” We also see this very clearly in the book of Job. Job was deeply devoted to the Lord, but even he was severely challenged in his faith, but persevered and was blessed in the end.
So many times we feel like we are walking with the Lord and doing everything that we think a Christian should do and then something happens with no explanation and we feel that we are barraged with spiritual attacks. We then feel the obvious reaction, we battle temptations, struggle with doubt, and experience all kinds of other problems and wondered what we committed to bring this upon us. I remember feeling this way particularly when over a period of several years I lost all four of my children. What did we do to deserve such a fate? Why did God let that happen to us?
First off, it is impossible for God to do bad or allow bad to happen. His very nature prohibits it. Second, we must remember that God is a just judge and a loving Father, He will correct us when we do wrong. We are given the freedom to choose to live the life we wish, however, every decision we make has its consequences either good or bad. Sometimes God just takes away our protection to make us feel the full consequences of a bad choice. But, we must remember that God is always there for us if we choose to repent.
Many times the things that happen to us are the result of somebody else’s poor choice such as somebody driving drunk, being in an accident that seriously maims or kills somebody.
Ephesians 6:12 explains part of it. “For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places.”
Here’s something to consider: those things may not happen to you because you’re doing something wrong but because you’re doing something right. Satan gets very upset when he feels he is losing a soul to God, therefore, the closer we get to God and living a godly life the more Satan is going to fight to either turn us away from God or have us do something that will discredit our Christian walk such as foul language or behavior contrary to God’s will.
We must make sure that that we do not fall into that trap!
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