“Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the Lord delivers him out of them all.” – Psalm 34:19
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Cancer. Tornadoes. Car wrecks. Natural disasters. Debilitating illnesses. Have you ever wondered why bad things happen to good people? I’m not talking about the person who drinks too much alcohol, gets behind the wheel, and has an accident. Not the kind of things that are brought on by one’s own choices. But things that occur in people’s lives to no fault of their own. Why do bad things happen to good people!?
The bible says that the righteous (good people) will have many troubles, but the Lord delivers them out of them all (Psalm 34:19). It’s a fact that good people sometimes go through a lot of difficult circumstances in life. Perhaps the character of a righteous person is so strong that the Lord allows her to go through so much.
Afterall, God did say that He would not put more on us than we can bear (1 Corinthians 10:13). The Lord doesn’t cause bad things to happen to us. However, He does allow them to happen. Remember Job? God allowed Satan to attack Job because he was a good man who feared God (Job 1:1).
The Lord knows the character of His children. At times He wants to help us build certain aspects of our character. Tribulations and trouble produce patience (James 1:3). Troubles test our faith in the Lord. They also discipline us. Not like punishment, but training. Trouble and bad things in our lives train us to be even better people.
Notice what the Scripture says about discipline: “It is for discipline that you have to endure. God is treating you as sons. For what son is there whom his father does not discipline? […] For the moment all discipline seems painful rather than pleasant, but later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it” (Hebrews 12:7, 11).
Whether we want to admit it or not, bad and challenging experiences in our lives make us better people. And God will deliver us out of all our afflictions. In the end, we have an improved character and God is glorified.
None of us are exempt from trouble, but the righteous person will have especially many troubles.
Bad things happen to good people all the time. But those struggles, those difficulties, and those troubles only serve to discipline a person, to test their faith, to build their character, and to magnify the Lord when He delivers us out of them.
My list is not exhaustive. What do you think? Why do bad things happen to good people?