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In the reading today, Psalm 97:10-11 "...Lord hates evil,He does protect the lives of the godly people..." Then you asked does bad things happen to godly people? Of course they do. I feel that when we go through the bad times, this is God asking do you trust me? As you go through the bad times look at them as teaching tools,and see where God was in the situation. Of course bad things happen to good people look what happened to Jesus. Why shouldn't we go through bad times? God is always there in the good and bad times. You just have to look for Him. Have a blessed day. Peggy

Re bad things happening to good people:

It struck me a few days ago, while we were reading Timothy, what a hard time Paul was having towards the end of his life. "You know that everyone in the province of Asia has deserted me, including Phygelus and Hermogenes." 2 Tim 1:15 NIV

Mike remarked yesterday "It's also sad to see how Paul's been left pretty much alone and abandoned by many."

>>Mike remarked yesterday "It's also sad to see how Paul's been left pretty much alone and abandoned by many.">>

The problem is when we think we are looking at “bad things” in the life of a believer we forget or we mentally set aside in our heads that God IS Good. He is not good because we are getting what we want He IS Good because it is in His character and He can be nothing other than Good. We wrongly judge what is good based on our comfort level and the things we want and we fail to see or discern the BIG PICTURE. Bad things happened to Jesus, His Son, or did it?

Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God. (Hebrews 12:1-2 KJV)


If Jesus hadn’t gone through what He went through there would not have been any Salvation. We would still be trying unsuccessfully to live under the restrictions of the Old Covenant. Eternal Life would not be ours if Jesus didn’t go through what He went through.

In the Book of Revelations, John was taken up higher Rev 21:10, so that he could see, when we get to the book of Ezekiel you will see that he too was taken up to a higher place so that he could see. Until we are given a higher perspective, we can only guess at why bad things happen to good people. But we should know this that when we are in the Shelter of God’s Hands, when bad things happen to good people, it is for God’s purpose.

I just LOVE Chronicles of Narnia -- C.S. Lewis was a man who could go from such deepness with God(Mere Christianity) and then create such awesome books for children. This indeed was a great gift from God. I can hardly wait to meet him! Thank you for posting this great video.

Also -- love today's memory verse.

Thanks, Mike for this wonderful ministry to us all. Your comments help reveal our Lord's words to our hearts.
David

About the psalm, and the question of why bad things happen to "good people"... I have a friend and her friend's little boy suffers pain with a terrible disease (I think it's leukemia or thalassemia, not sure because of translation problem). She asks, "Why would God make an innocent child suffer this pain, and it's terrible for the mother to watch." And the mother is a believer, but... I don't ever know what to say. Quoting scripture about God's love seems so hollow. I found a couple of sites which I'm searching for insight, hope, and perspective. My husband also suffers chronic pain, so I have 2 people to read it for. Maybe other people will find these helpful: www.whereisgod.net and www.suffering.net.

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