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By   •   August 24, 2006   •   Topics: ,

Q:

Do you believe God curses some people with bad luck all their lives? I can't think of any other explanation for all the troubles I've had. No matter what I do, it just seems to get me into more trouble.


A:

I don’t honestly know all the reasons why some people seem to have it harder in life than others. The Bible says evil is a mystery, and only in Heaven will we fully understand why things happened to us the way they did.

But I do know this: God doesn’t arbitrarily condemn some people to a lifetime of sin and hardship and disappointment. Evil doesn’t come from God; it comes from the devil, and it comes also from the twisted world we live in. It comes as well from our own hearts, because by nature we resent God and want to run our own lives. The Bible says, “Each one is tempted when, by his own evil desire, he is dragged away and enticed” (James 1:14).

Life is never easy; every one of us faces hardships and disappointments. The real issue, however, is how we react to them. Do we grow bitter and turn against God—or do we turn to Him, realizing that we need His strength and help in the midst of life’s storms? May the psalmist’s words become yours: “Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me” (Psalm 23:4).

If you have never done so, ask Christ to come into your life today. Then get in a church where Christ is preached and the Bible is taught, and ask God to help you follow His Word every day. The Bible says, “In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight” (Proverbs 3:6).

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128 Comments

  1. Ali Oueidat says:

    I am always suffering from real irritating bad luck in very precise details in my life.

  2. Rachel says:

    Have really struggled for 15 years now with one trauma after another. Bounce back from one thing then get floored with the next—events such as still birth, divorce, breast cancer and trusting a man who turned out to be a narcissist. I have a very strong faith in the Lord, though question often why I have such a battle to find peace when I endeavour to always do the right thing and be true to myself and others. Have been badly let down by Christians and the church in the past and struggle to sustain attending church regularly. Feel desperately alone always!

    1. BGEA says:

      Rachel, we’re so sorry to hear about all the things you’ve been through. That’s incredibly difficult, and we are praying now for God to be your source of strength and power. We encourage you to visit our site, Peace With God, where you’ll find a chat button on the side of the page. That will connect you with someone from our team who would be happy to pray with you and encourage you: http://peacewithgod.net/

      We’re also passing on your comment to our team so we can reach out by email.

  3. theresa says:

    I am trying so hard not to say yes to selling myself to the devil. I hear we can, I am tired of struggling and now my son is very sick. I feel God made a mistake or I was cursed when I was born. So many things I’ve gone through and I can’t seem to make anything go right and my prayers are unheard.

    1. BGEA says:

      Hi Theresa,

      You aren’t alone in your struggles. Sometimes suffering makes us feel angry or bitter, and we don’t always understand God’s timing. But we should remember that He didn’t create evil, and His plan was not for us to suffer. He is a just, merciful and loving God who gave humans free will when He created them. But because we are imperfect and sinful, we experience evil, unfairness and hardship. Even so, God can bring good out of bad situations.

      We encourage you to keep praying for your situation. We often think that the only way God answers prayer is with a “yes.” But “no” and “wait” are also valid answers. God doesn’t always give us what we want, but He knows what He’s doing. What we are asking in prayer might not be what’s best for us, even if we don’t fully understand it. (Romans 2:11 says, “God does not show favoritism,” so don’t think He cares less for you than someone else. He calls each person unique and valuable.)

      God might not give us an immediate answer to our prayers, and sometimes our prayers are answered in a way we fail to recognize. We pray for prosperity, and sometimes financial stress is given. But our souls are made stronger in the process. We pray for health, and affliction is given, and we are better able to sympathize with those in affliction. We might question God’s wisdom, but He makes no mistakes.

      God knows you by name and cares about you. Talk to Him like you would talk to a friend; be honest about your feelings and know that it’s OK to express your emotions. Ask Him to guide you.

      In Matthew 11:28-30, Jesus says, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”

      Lamentations 3:22-23 also says, “For His compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.”
      We will pray for God’s wisdom in your life.

      We just prayed for you and your son, and encourage you to chat with someone on our team. Click here: Peace With God