Why do bad things happen to good people? We have all heard this question and have most likely asked it many times ourselves. How do you explain why bad things happen to good people? Recently I have found myself in this quandary especially when friends and even acquaintances ask about our terrible divorce. People cannot fathom this happening to “us.” They cannot understand how something so devastating could happen to our family. My explanation is that God gives us all free will. Some of us choose to exercise this free will with control according to our faith, values, and morals-while others may choose differently. For those of us who seem to continue to do the right thing yet continually have devastating events happen-I cannot explain, but I believe that is where faith comes in. Faith that we believe in a God who is bigger than all of our problems, worries, and concerns. A God who is always with us no matter what we may be going through.
Believe me, I have had my share of questions and doubts- especially most recently with our divorce. Do I believe in divorce –in most cases no. Did I want a divorce–absolutely not. I do know that a marriage takes two people who want to be married and who adhere to their marriage vows. I wish I had a magic wand to make this whole mess go away and the person I thought I married return. Unfortunately there are no such things as magic wands. So instead I choose to trust God that He continues to hold my hand and knows what is truly best for my children and me. If that means reconciliation, than I trust He will restore my ex-husband fully. If that means something different, than I will trust Him.
Along with the divorce has come a host of challenges including: relocating, finances, employment, well…basically starting a new life. I feel as though I continue to give my all yet doors keep closing. It is difficult to continue to trust in Him when it feels like nothing is going your way. But when I start to doubt, I remind myself that maybe…just maybe God is using some of these unfortunate events to help strengthen my faith so that I will be better fit to serve Him and help others.
If you find yourself questioning why bad things may be happening to you or someone near and dear to you, I hope that you will keep your faith and may even strengthen it. Don’t allow events or people to change your faith. Be strong and keep your head held high. No matter what take the high road. Do the right thing even though it may be difficult. Pray, journal, fellowship with others, and read God’s Word.
Be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be in dread of them, for it is the LORD your God who goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you. Deuteronomy 31:6
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