Summary: Why do bad things happen to good people
WHY DO BAD THINGS HAPPEN TO GOOD PEOPLE
II Corinthians 12: 7-10
Three things you can do when Tragedies, Deaths and Disappointments come your way:
1. You can become bitter and blame God. -- In Numbers... The people murmured, and complained!
2. You can become pitiful and pity yourself. -- Remember you are not the only one suffering, and REMEMBER WHAT JESUS WENT THROUGH ON THE CROSS!
3.You can Trust God and accept it. – Read - II Cor. 4: 15-18 -- Romans 8:28.
SOME REASONS BAD THINGS HAPPEN TO GOOD PEOPLE:
1.TO BRING HONOR AND GLORY TO GOD
II Cor. 12:7 - Lest I should be exalted above measure... there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of satan to buffet me, lest I be exalted above measure.
The Bible is very plain that God puts trials in our path. -- James 1:2 - Count it all joy WHEN... ye fall into divers temptations.... Note it did not say "IF" But "WHEN" --- Trials are inescapable! --- Job 5:7 - Mans troubles are as the sparks that fly upward! --- The only way to escape troubles is to exit life. – Jesus said in Jn. 16:33 - In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world – II Tim. 3:12 - Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution.
The Key to Victory over Trials... is to realize that God is working out something good in our life that in the end will bring honor and glory to him!
When you go through the bad times God is putting your Faith on the Witness stand!
Anybody can live for God and Praise Him when everything is going good... But when things are going bad and times are tuff... That is when our Faith is put to the Test!
Remember when you where given a test in School, it was on information already given. -- So when you go through your test... Remember God has already supplied you with the information to pass the test! --- IF GOD LEADS US TO IT... HE WILL LEAD US THROUGH IT!
Do you want a good example of someone passing the test? Job... The Lord giveth and the Lord hath taken away blessed be the name of the Lord. Ye though God slay me, yet will I trust in Him!
2.TO INCREASE YOUR ENDURANCE AND MAKE US STRONG
* When the butterfly is ready to leave the cocoon, it has to fight its way out. If you open the cocoon and make it easy for the butterfly to get out, you have doomed the butterfly, because it needs the struggle to strengthen its wings so it can fly.
* I’m told that when a goldsmith in Bible times tested and refined gold, he would keep purifying it until he could see his face in the gold. In the same way, God Almighty will test you until He sees Jesus Christ in you when He looks at you. When you look like Christ, God knows you have passed the test.
3.THAT YOU CAN BE A BLESSING AND HELP TO OTHERS (II Cor. 1:4)
We face certain trouble and trials so that when we see our Brothers or Sisters going through that trial we can share how we have been there and God will see you through.
4.THAT WE MIGHT ENTER INTO THE FELLOWSHIP OF HIS SUFFERING
II Tim. 2:12 - If we suffer, we shall also reign with him.
5.GOD CHASTENS HIS CHILDREN
Hebrews 12:6 - For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth. --- God chastens us because He loves us!