Hurricanes and other natural disasters, deaths of friends and loved ones, the loss of property, failing health; the number of troubles each of us faces on a daily basis is as staggering as it is difficult to deal with those problems. A very large number of Christians have at one time or another asked themselves, “Why did God make this happen?”
The simple truth and the answer to the question are that God didn’t make it happen. If a person honestly thinks that He has caused their problems, they don’t have a clear idea of who God is.
As put in James 1:17, New Living Translation:
“Whatever is good and perfect comes down to us from God our Father, who created all the lights in the heavens. He never changes or casts a shifting shadow.”
The King James Version of the bible puts it this way:
“Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.”
Notice that James, the brother of Jesus, doesn’t say that some of the things that are good or perfect come from God, he says “every” as in “all”.
If all good things come from God, by extension it means that no bad things come from God. The trials and troubles we all go through didn’t come from God, they come from the deciever. However, God can and does turn bad things around so that good comes out of them.
This is an important point. When bad things befall us, we tend to only see a tiny portion of the picture. We focus only on how it affects us, personally. None of us is even capable of seeing all of the ramifications from any event. God does see all possible outcomes for any event. Incredibly good things can come out of horrendously bad events.
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.
It should be noted that God loves everyone, but not everyone loves God.
Could God prevent bad things from happening to us? Of course. He created the universe and everything in it, from the smallest sub-atomic particle to the largest star in the biggest galaxy. Nothing is impossible for God. (Luke 1:37, Matthew 19:26)
Why doesn’t he prevent it? Because it would violate promises that He made. It would also prevent free-will. The defiler is free to cause bad things to happen until Judgment day. Rather than preventing bad events, God uses them to cause good things to happen. In fact, often those good things wouldn’t have happened if the bad event hadn’t occurred.
It can be difficult for people to grasp, mostly because they can’t see the big picture in its entirety. God doesn’t have that problem. It only makes sense that we should trust in Him completely. Too often, we don’t. I’m as guilty of that as anyone else and when I start relying on myself, my abilities, and my knowledge, the inevitable outcome is failure and more trouble.
Before asking why God made something terrible happen, we need to realize that God only ‘makes’ good things happen. Instead of lamenting our troubles, we should be giving thanks for the good things each of us have and that happens to us every day.
We have an awesome God who loves us dearly. God defines love.
When was the last time that you simply stopped what you were doing and took the time to think of the many good things that happen to you every day? When was the last time you offered a prayer of thanks for those good things?
Remember, all good things come from God.