October 9, 2020

Romans 8:28

And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.  

 

One of the most classic and perplexing questions posed to Christians is this: Why does God allow bad things to happen to good people?

This week we’ve been discussing how we view the challenges God brings into our lives. At least initially, we usually see them as negative. And of course we do! People like good things, not bad!  We enjoy our comforts. We prefer smooth paths in life. We just want things to go our way.  And deep down we think, Is that really so much to ask?

But it occurred to me recently: What would I be like if everything did go my way? What if I only experienced good things in life, and never difficulties? What if God answered every single one of my prayers with an enthusiastic “You got it, buddy!” and thumbs up?

Honestly? I’d be absolutely insufferable, that’s what I’d be. I’d be the most arrogant person on the planet. I’d think God obviously loved me more than everyone else, and others were weaker and soft. I’d think I somehow earned it all because of my own innate goodness and talent.

The fact is, apart from God’s work in me I would never understand how truly broken I am.  It is in the challenges and difficulties that God allows in our lives that we see who we truly are, and how much we desperately need Him. God teaches us, matures us and draws us closer to Him through difficulty. There is no other way.

How about you? What if God never put any challenges in your life? What would you be like if everything went your way? And would you live in the same state, work in the same career or even be married to the same person if God had said “Yes” to everything you’ve ever asked for?

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