Summary: God does not allow suffering and difficult situations to destroy us rather He uses it to help us Grow Up into the promises He has for us

Grow up

Good morning church. Do you know the dumbest question someone could ask, and unfortunately the question mainly comes from christians.

Are you ready? The dumbest question is :

Why do bad things happen to good people?

Taking the question at face value proves it stupidity.. First of all the bible says that no one is good. Secondly the question implies that good things happen to bad people...and the opposite question is true as well...why do good things happen to good people or why do bad things happen to bad people? These are difficult questions to answer because you cannot give a logical answer to illogical and stupid questions.

You see this question in rooted in a law mentality, that directly links your performance before a good god to the amount of blessings we receive. So if we are good then good things must happen to us and if we are bad then bad things should happen to us. Just as a wakeup call, god lets it rain over both the good and the bad, in fact good is relative, because even with all our good works, and self righteousness if we were to stand before our Holy god, our greatest good would seems like filth compared to his goodness.

As believers we can become so arrogant and think that because we are christians everything should go our way. In fact god has given many of us promises and when we don't see the promises coming to pass we start asking stupid questions like these.

I want to speak with you about "growing up" through difficult situations.

Here is a trust worthy saying

God is more interested in your growth than in your comfort

You see when we go through challenging situations God is not out to get you, he is out to grow you. god wants to expand and increase your capacity and He knows that:

Growth requires resistance

If you have your bible with you please go to genesis 16 we are going to read the entire chapter.

Genesis 16:1-16

16 Now Sarai, Abram’s wife, had borne him no children. But she had an Egyptian slave named Hagar; 2 so she said to Abram, “The Lord has kept me from having children. Go, sleep with my slave; perhaps I can build a family through her.”

Abram agreed to what Sarai said. 3 So after Abram had been living in Canaan ten years, Sarai his wife took her Egyptian slave Hagar and gave her to her husband to be his wife. 4 He slept with Hagar, and she conceived.

When she knew she was pregnant, she began to despise her mistress. 5 Then Sarai said to Abram, “You are responsible for the wrong I am suffering. I put my slave in your arms, and now that she knows she is pregnant, she despises me. May the Lord judge between you and me.”

6 “Your slave is in your hands,” Abram said. “Do with her whatever you think best.” Then Sarai mistreated Hagar; so she fled from her.

7 The angel of the Lord found Hagar near a spring in the desert; it was the spring that is beside the road to Shur. 8 And he said, “Hagar, slave of Sarai, where have you come from, and where are you going?”

“I’m running away from my mistress Sarai,” she answered.

9 Then the angel of the Lord told her, “Go back to your mistress and submit to her.” 10 The angel added, “I will increase your descendants so much that they will be too numerous to count.”

11 The angel of the Lord also said to her:

“You are now pregnant

and you will give birth to a son.

You shall name him Ishmael,[a]

for the Lord has heard of your misery.

12 He will be a wild donkey of a man;

his hand will be against everyone

and everyone’s hand against him,

and he will live in hostility

toward[b] all his brothers.”

13 She gave this name to the Lord who spoke to her: “You are the God who sees me,” for she said, “I have now seen[c] the One who sees me.” 14 That is why the well was called Beer Lahai Roi[d]; it is still there, between Kadesh and Bered.

15 So Hagar bore Abram a son, and Abram gave the name Ishmael to the son she had borne. 16 Abram was eighty-six years old when Hagar bore him Ishmael.

Here we find the story of Hagar, Hagar found herself in a ruff spot at work, her boss told her to sleep with her husband, which she did, you would think that doing what you should do will bring blessing but not in this case i mean the situation got so bad that Hagar not only felt like she wanted to run away, she actually did run away! ( not that Hagar was innocent she clearly had an attitude problem).

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