Summary: Why do bad things happen to good people? Let’s look at Job to see if we can find the answer
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Why did this have to happen to all these good people?
I could sit up here today and read you story after story about the good people who died in 911 2001.
Many people are asking “why”? If the people who died were people that were murders or rapists, most people would not question why this happened, but it happened to people that we deem as “good” people.
Why does a loving God allow bad things to happen to good people? This question is as old as the earth. When you look throughout man’s history, you see bad things happening to good people. Remember clear back to Adam and Eve when Cain killed his brother Able because of jealousy in Genesis 4 (quickview) ? What did Able do to deserve something like that to happen to him?
Sooner or later every Christian faces the question: Why do bad things happen to good people? Skeptics will say that if God is good, He must not be all-powerful, other wise He would not allow evil. If He is all-powerful, He must not be good.
Today we are going to tackle this question as we look at the book of Job. The book of Job addresses the question at hand more than any other portion of Scripture.
The story of Job tells us of a wealthy man who was a good man who was about to lose everything he had except his life. Let’s see what we can learn from the book of Job about why bad things happen to good people.
I. JOB’S CHARACTER 1:1-5
The Bible gives us some insight into the character of Job in the first five verses of the chapter. Job was a man of great wealth and was a man who was highly respected by all people. About Jobs character.
This did not mean that Job was perfect because all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God, but what it meant was that as Job lived under the watchful eyes of his peers, no one could justly charge Job with any moral failure. His reputation was impeccable. He was without moral blemish and everyone who knew him knew that.
This means that Job walked the “straight path”. Job did not deviate from God’s standards. Job walked the straight and narrow path that leads to life.
C. Feared God
Job was filled with respect for God. He was not scared of God, but he had a reverent, healthy respect for God. Job did not take God or His commands lightly. Job honored God for who He was and he obeyed God because of that.
It is like a young person who obeys their parents. The only reason they obey is because they love and respect who their parents are. When you take out the “fear” or respect, the young person will quit being obedient.
D. Turned from evil
Job rejected all that was contrary to God’s holy character. To put it in our language, Job knew how to “just say no” to sin. Job had the strength of conviction to resist and reject sin.
Job had health, wealth and a wonderful family. He was the greatest man of east according to verse 3.