This week the letter for the ABC Wednesday Meme is Y. I will use the letter the way it sounds - why? As in the question, why do bad things happen to good people? More specifically, why do bad things happen to me? This post is made up of words that I wrote on September 11, 2012 that address the question of why.
Today is the 11th anniversary of 9/11. Most Americans can remember where they were and what they were
doing when they heard the awful news that airplanes had crashed into the
World Trade Center. I was at work when Gina called me to tell me what
she was seeing on TV. I turned my radio on, and listened all day as the
news reports came in. I think that most people wonder why God allowed
something so terrible to happen.
The past couple of years have been hard ones for our family. My son has been having heath issues and had to have brain surgery this spring. Why does God allow these things
to happen? I think that is one of the biggest questions in
There are many events that have caused
people to ask, "why". I don't have the answers as to why so many
tragedies happen. I do know that ever since sin came into this world
through Satan there have been terrible tragedies. I suppose that Adam
and Eve asked "why" when Cain killed his brother Abel.
only promise that a Christian has in this life is that there will be
trouble. Our trouble free existence will be in Heaven where God will
wipe away all tears.
a tragedy happens, God says ask your questions, but don't stop there.
God has given a much greater opportunity. God challenges us to turn to
Him for answers. God challenges us to argue with Him. God challenges us
to trust Him explicitly.
Bad things happen in this
world, to good people, and to bad people, although it seems like the
good people get the worst. Murphy's law seems to be all too true. Why do
bad things happen to good people? More specifically, why do bad things
happen to me? God rarely answers that question. He would pour out only
goodness on us all the time, if He could, but because we live in a sinful world, He can't. Men have free will, and God will not override it.
do bad things happen to good people? Because we live in a sinful world.
I know that's not the kind of answer we like, but there is no better
Once you have learned this and
deepened your faith that God has everything under control, then maybe
there is a better way to approach the bad things that happen. Don't ask
"Why Me, Lord?" when something bad happens. Ask God how He wants you to
respond, and then leave the consequences in His hands.
is all in the response. God can always bring good out of bad, but He
needs us to cooperate with Him to bring out the greatest good. This is
why Paul can say "Rejoice in the Lord always: and again I say, Rejoice."
Rejoice when good things happen, rejoice when bad things happen,
because we can trust God to do what is for our eternal best.
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I was born in 1956 in Madison, Tennessee, while my parents were attending Madison College. I grew up along the Front Range in Colorado, attending schools in Longmont, Brighton, Boulder and Loveland, Colorado. Two years after graduating from Campion Academy, I married my sweetheart, Regina. We lived in Loveland, Colorado for six years before moving to Mena in western Arkansas.
I love the people of Mena and the friendly easy going way of life here. I have owned and operated my own business since moving to Mena. I enjoy the natural beauty of western Arkansas and being out of doors.
My newspaper column in The Mena Star, An Arkie’s Faith, premiered on January 7, 2016. In March 2017, I published my first book, titled The Little Things - Devotionals from a small town, using articles from the column. I published the second book in the Devotionals from a small town series, titled In the Fog, in December 2017.