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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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  1. Kj says:

    I have had bad luck for years and I’m tired…I’ve been so miserable and now I stressed and drinked myself sick…now I have panic attacks and anxiety attacks 24-7 I just can’t get right…I really hope things in 2017 gets better. I know I made of wrong choices in my life but I’m ready to repent and ask the Lord for forgiveness and to cleanse my soul for all the wicked I’ve done.

    1. BGEA says:

      Hi KJ,

      Thanks for writing. If you’re ready to repent and ask for God’s forgiveness, we encourage you not to wait. You can talk to him right now, wherever you are. He loves you and wants the best for you.

      Here is an answer from Billy Graham: My Answer

      Stress and worry come when we don’t trust the Lord fully to handle a situation. We are troubled by thoughts of real or anticipated problems when we rely on our own strength and don’t give our cares to God. So how can you do that?

      First, replace worry with prayer. Thank God in the midst of your problems, and ask Him to take control of your problems. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 says, “Rejoice evermore. Pray without ceasing. In everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.” Praising God reminds us that He is holy and in control. It can help the worry disappear and shows that we trust Him with our problems.

      Second, identify the cause of your stress so you can address the root problem. Are you fearful about your job? Worried about your family? Do you feel guilty?

      Feelings of guilt might indicate wrong behavior that needs to be corrected. Ask God’s forgiveness for any wrongdoing and, if possible, reconcile with people you might have hurt or feel bitterness toward. (Click here for more on forgiveness: http://bit.ly/FBnoteForgiveness.)

      Third, get involved in a Bible-teaching church. Worshiping and learning with others can help you grow in your faith and focus on God instead of your worries. (For more on what to look for in a church and the benefits of church, click here: http://bit.ly/BenefitsOfChurch.)

      Fourth, begin a daily Bible study or devotional. This can also help you focus on God and on practical ways to live for Him.

      The Bible doesn’t tell us not to worry so that we can act irresponsibly. It tells us not to worry because God wants us to rely on Him. Deuteronomy 33:25 says, “As your days, so shall your strength be.” In other words, God’s grace is sufficient to meet the challenges of each day. We might not see a way out, yet “nothing will be impossible with God” (Luke 1:37).

      Here are 5 verses you can memorize and bring to mind when you’re stressed, fearful or worried:

      – “We can confidently say, ‘The Lord is my helper; I will not fear; what can man do to me?’” (Hebrews 13:6).

      – “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:6-7).

      – “I sought the Lord, and He heard me, and delivered me from all my fears” (Psalm 34:4).

      – “Why are you downcast, O my soul? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise Him, my Savior and my God” (Psalm 42:5).

      – “Do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself” (Matthew 6:34).

      Additional resources
      – For questions and answers about worry, click here: http://bit.ly/QuestionsAboutWorry.

      – If you’re stressed about money or struggling with debt, click here: http://bit.ly/DebtStruggles.

      – If your concern is about death or future judgment, click here to see how you can be assured of eternity in heaven with God: http://peacewithgod.net/.

      – For a short Bible study on trusting God, click here: http://bit.ly/TrustHimCompletely.

  2. Connie says:

    I find it hard to believe there is a God that is not cursing my life. It’s been a struggle for years, everything has been taking from me. I lost my jobs, lost two children, I have no friends, money stolen, I was even raped by my ex who laughed whilst I lay there crying. Lost my house. So tell me how or what is god going to bless me with? It’s been years of turmoil and daily crying and thinking of suicide. God is mute to my prayers so I gave up.

    1. BGEA says:

      Connie, we’re so sorry to hear of all the pain and suffering you’ve endured. So many difficult things to experience, and all in one lifetime. We will respond to you in more depth via email. Thank you for reaching out.

    2. Flav says:

      I feel for you. Going through a lot myself and feel exactly like you.

  3. Kyle says:

    Absolutely I do, not just myself, but others I have known over the years. Funny, it is almost always the good people, Christian or not, who have the worst lives, nothing but bad, day in and day out. The evil, bad, and vile people always seem to have anything and everything they want. I lost two friends, both Christians, to suicide because it just became too much; one in high school and one in college. I’ve survived 20 years of torment, misery, loneliness, hopelessness, and despair solely through my own strength. My prayers have always been ignored or unanswered. What very little I have is through working myself nearly to death and turning off my emotions so as not to feel the pain. It would be nice if God didn’t only bless evil people.

    1. Connie says:

      I agree totally with everything you have said in your post. God hurts the ones that need him most. I know some evil doing people that are living without a care in the world. Every thing they touch or try turns to gold. The helpers and givers of the world never see a day of pleasure or peace. The harder we try the harder we hurt, we are being punished for good behavior. God does this because our hearts are too open to him and cannot reach the cold evil hearts of the devils he has blessed. We just work hard and try to protect ourselves from feeling and trying to be happy because it’ll be taken away eventually.

  4. Deandre says:

    I Need Help Trying To Get My Life Back Right And Do Better Things

    1. Anthony says:

      I am trying to do better things, but god is at fault for what he has done for me and my mother’s life. It’s hard to explain.