When Bad Things Happen

By Courtesy of the Rapid Response Team   •   January 27, 2010   •   Topics:

What does the Bible say about why we suffer?
God created us because He loves us. God never intended for tragedy and prejudice, wars and hatred, lust and greed, jealousy and pride. God meant for Earth to be a paradise, a place where there would be no death.

But a man and a woman, Adam and Eve, rebelled against God. This act of rebellion said, “I don’t need you, God. I can build my world without you.” As a result, mankind must suffer and die. Physical death is just the death of the body, but the spirit lives on. If your spirit is separated from God for eternity, it will be lost forever.

God has provided a rescue in the person of His Son, Jesus Christ.

Gen 3; 2 Corinthians 1:3-4; Psalms 46:1-2

Is God angry with me?
No, God is not angry with you. In John 3:16, the Bible says that He loves everyone. However, because we live in an imperfect world, we all deal with good and bad. God is aware of everything that happens and has the ability to take what was intended for evil and use for good. The evil in this world does not render God powerless. It is quite the opposite. He promises to be with us – and, if we live life in relationship with Him – to guide us into a life of peace and freedom from fear.

John 3:16-17; Romans 8:28; James 1:1-4; John 10:10

Why me?
It often feels like difficult circumstances are directed at us. We live in an imperfect world, and the Bible says that it rains on the just and the unjust. We all live through painful and uncomfortable things. Who are we trusting when those things happen to us? Are we self-reliant or do we rely on God? If we reach out to God in time of need, then we are accessing the One who created the universe. The Bible says that He is waiting for our response. He has already made the invitation through His Son Jesus. Why you? Because He loves you. He wants you to look to Him so He can rescue you and bring you peace.

Romans 5:8; John 11:1-44

What good can come out of this?
There are no easy answers, just simple ones: growth and glory. We grow because when life hurts, we pay attention and we find out what is real and whom we can trust. In the Bible, in James 1:1- 4 tells us when we face trials, we can see it as a positive thing in our life because ultimately we are going to grow from it. That’s hard to realize when our pain is all we can see and feel. But, after you’ve experienced life as a follower of Jesus, and you’ve experienced His faithfulness, then you know it’s true.

The other answer is a bit more complicated, and it is found in a Bible story about a blind man that Jesus heals in John 9. The man didn’t do anything to deserve to be blind, and when asked why the man was blind, Jesus answered, “So you can see who I am.” He healed the blind man so that the blind man and everyone around him would be amazed by the supernatural power of Jesus and know that He is Who He say He is. It was the best gift He could give them, and us. We are attracted to greatness. God is the greatest of them all and He desires to be with us.

James 1:1-4; John 9; Romans 8:28

How do I recover spiritually from this?
The natural response is to deny that you are affected by the crisis. The truth is that crisis affects everybody it touches, but it affects each person differently. David, in Psalms, tells his soul to praise the Lord. He was in a dark place emotionally, but he knew that praising God was necessary and that calling on Him could effect the outcome of the situation. Psalm 42 and Psalm 88 are Psalms of lament. The writers were despondent, yet they sought God in spite of feelings. Counselors will tell you that feeling will follow fact. So, there are some things that we should do to recover:

    • Acknowledge your need for God.
    • Read God’s Word, the Bible (or listen to it on tape or DVD. Psalms is a good place to start).
    • See if there are others who will pray with you.
    • Look for ways to serve others.
    • Stay connected with a body of Christ followers (small group, activity group, service group, church).

ll ways to be thankful and ways to express that to God and others.

Psalm 9:10, 34:17, 50:15, 145:18-19; James 5:13-16

How can I be strong when my life is falling apart?
When life is difficult, we look to God and find out that He has grace. In 2 Corinthians 12:9, the Bible tell us that His grace is sufficient for you, for his power is made perfect in our weakness. First, we must give our situation and life to God; this is the hardest part, because we feel more secure of we think we are in control of things. Once we give these things over to Him, He is going to give us the ability to stand up and endure.

It is hard to admit weakness. That is what it takes to act in humility and allow God to take control of your situation. Acknowledge to God that He needs to bear your burdens because you can’t anymore. Jesus longs for you to come to Him and know Him personally.

Matthew 11:28-29, 2 Corinthians 12:9; 1 Peter 5:7

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  1. Blanca Reed says:

    Thank you.

  2. Carl Crawford Sr. says:

    This was a wonderful Bible study that I have come across.
    This Bible study has open my eyes to some of the issues that I’ve been going through.
    To whom it may concern thank you for this particular topic.
    I will be searching for more in the future. Have a wonderful day, amen.

  3. Beth Oliver says:

    My life situation has forced me to make a choice to either be bitter or take a stand and trust Christ for everything! Diagnosed at 38 w/MS, I lost my Teaching Job, my husband and the respect and love of my Children! I could no longer be the glue that held us all together and when I needed them, they all turned away and left me to suffer alone with no support, love or encouragement. I was shattered into fragments, in the most horrific pain physically and emotionally I’d ever suffered! Suicide seemed my only choice to stop the pain! But as a New Christian, I learned to dig deep, and trust the Lord to Never leave Me or Forsake Me & He Never Has!!

    1. Tracy McGee says:

      God bless you. I have a very similar story. I have Parkinson’s. Never thought my life would change so much. I pray your pain and suffering turns to joy and happiness. God bless you!

  4. Emmanuel says:

    I really need help in some questions. I was wondering why GOD allows us do things knowing full well that it will affect us later in future. How can I over an addiction? My spiritual life is fading and I an so helpless? What should I do?

    1. BGEA says:

      Hi Emmanuel,
      We would encourage you to begin by visiting https://peacewithgod.net/ where you can talk and pray with a member of our team. May God bless you.

  5. Barry says:

    I’m sorry I believe in god, in Jesus very much but I don’t accept the bible as the literal word of god. It can’t be adam and eve really! There’s too much nonsense in religion. thanks

  6. Tina says:

    Please help me pray. I lost my job the other day and am currently looking now for another job. I am a single mother so it’s only my income, or lack there of now, coming in. Thank you

  7. charlene caddy says:

    Thank you for your prayers. The scriptures and notes really help to comfort my mind and
    heart. GOD Bless you all

  8. Sharon says:

    I’m having trouble completely trusting Jesus with everything that’s going on. What’s the best way to let go and trust Jesus without fear?

    1. BGEA says:

      Hi Sharon,

      Try replacing your worry with prayer. Thank God in the midst of worry, and ask Him to take control of your worry and stress.

      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 what’s going on in our lives or in the world around us.

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

  9. Kerry says:

    Thanks for all the answers to my questions.I’m really going to try and trust God.