Why do bad things happen to Christians?

Source: CT

You may have asked this very question this week with what is going on in your own life, because it is a natural question to ask when things go wrong. Recently, we had some issues with our house that will need to be repaired, of course I didn’t want them to happen as I know they will be costly. I know friends who are facing health issues with their children, Christians with cancer, families in financial crisis. There is no end to the challenges we could think of in our lives and those around us.

Yet, still the question lingers… why do these things happen, especially to Christians? While the answer could quickly become a book, I want to share part of the answer that has been helpful, although I’ve found it hard to swallow and yet at the same time comforting and even encouraging.

This part of the answer is found in just a couple of verses in the Bible, Romans chapter 8, verses 28-29 “we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose. For those whom He foreknew, He also predestined to become conformed to the image of His Son, so that He would be the firstborn among many brethren”

There is a lot of theology packed into these verses but to answer the question about why things go wrong, I hold onto the promise that “God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God.” This seems like a shocking statement, because if we truly stop and realize that God is the cause for everything to work for good, it seems impossible to accept this when so much goes wrong.

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