I finished reading a book – “When Bad things happen to Good People.”(1)
In our lifetime, we experience betrayal even by the ones closest to us. After trusting them, believing them… In the end, their masks fall off & leave. Other “good people” experience physically pain, suffering with incurable afflictions.
It begs the question – Why bad things happen to good people?
One of my favorite author – C.S. Lewis said, “God uses pain to get our attention.”
“We can ignore even pleasure. But pain insists upon being attended to. God whispers to us in pleasures, speaks in our conscience, but shouts in our pains..” (2)
And so we suppose, if God really uses pain to speak to us, in order for us to grow. Are there painless means?
Not long ago, when I asked in my prayer. Sulking in tears, “Lord please don’t be far from me.”
I asked God why things go wrong for good people, like they’re being tested the more. Why is it that after hurting us, they can continue to live a good life, why they can get away with their evil ways…
In agony I look at them, as they continue to deceive more unsuspecting preys with their ill intentions and greed.
These people fool us with scheming ways. Faces in misleading masks, gifting us with their exaggerated generosity that’s actually a strategy to lure our innocence.
I opened my bible app and here’s what He said;
1 Lord, you have seen what is in my heart. You know all about me.
2 You know when I sit down and when I get up. You know what I’m thinking even though you are far away.
3 You know when I go out to work and when I come back home. You know exactly how I live.
4 Lord, even before I speak a word, you know all about it.
5 You are all around me. You are behind me and in front of me. You hold me in your power.6 I’m amazed at how well you know me.
Psalm 139 🙏
I think this sums up everything.
God answered, this verse was His reply. He knows and sees right through us. Relieved, I know that God will never be misled. He hears the righteous and forsaken.
I believe in Him.
Bad things happen, but God is working for the good of those who love Him.
Let us not be bitter in wondering why good people are being examined and tested in endless ordeals.
God sees everything. And He knows each one of us.
- (1) When Bad Things Happen to Good People: Harold S. Kushner
- (2) Problem with Pain: C.S. Lewis
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