Why Do Bad Things Happen?
“And the LORD said to Satan, ‘Behold, he is in your hand; only spare his life’” (Job 2.6 ESV).
The story of Job reaches into the heart of every believer in every season, faith-walk and circumstance. The Book of Job tackles many difficult questions, and one of the most essential theme is if God is sovereign, why does He allow bad things to happen? Just like Satan was allowed into the Garden of Eden to tempt Adam and Eve and cause the ultimate fall of man, Satan was allowed into Job’s life to destroy everything Job held dear. Even Jesus was “led” into the wilderness to be tempted for 40 days. We must then come to the conclusion that God allows Satan to attack every aspect of our lives. But why? Adversity forces our faith to strengthen and grow. We are only on this earth for a very short time, and once we look at this life through the lens of eternity, our perspective of Satan’s purpose changes. Satan has been allowed by God to challenge and attack us and to create chaos in our lives; however, God always has the final word. We are born naturally underdeveloped spiritually, and it is both the good times and the hard that mature us. God allows just enough adversity into our lives to change us into mature souls before we reach heaven’s gates. God’s eyes are on eternity, and He knows the growth, understanding and Christ-likeness we achieve on this earth will last forever. So when hard times hit, we must not be smothered by questions of “why?” Instead, we can dig in our heels, lean on God and allow Him to strengthen us, so that in our perseverance we lack nothing.
“Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything” (James 1.2-4 NIV).