love. We are made aware of His goodness and His mercy. He cares for
us, understands us, and knows us better than we know ourselves. He
really just wants what's best for us. If God is love, then why does He
allow bad things to happen to us?
When bad things happen to us, it is either to make us wake up and pay
attention to God or it is to help us get something special from God.
Sometimes we can get so caught up in our success that we start to get
way too high of an image of ourselves (Jeremiah 17:5). Sometimes God
has to bring us back down to earth.
When you lose sight of God during your success, He will remind you of
how you acquired everything that you have. God will allow little things to
happen first. If you do not respond, then He will allow a real bad thing to
happen to get your attention. The smallest of things mean so much
to God. A simple thank you means more than you think.
There are times when God allows something bad to happen because
there was no other way to get you to that very special thing that He has
for you. He may have caused you to lose your job, because there was
a better one with more pay. Bad weather may destroy your home and
force you to move to another state with bigger and better opportunities.
We can get so comfortable with where we are that when God tries to
bless us with something better, we dwell on the bad thing that has
happened, but at the same time, reject the blessing that we haven't
received yet. Sometimes bad things are needed to move us to good
things because we are too comfortable or too scared to accept change.
As far as God allowing pain and suffering in the world. We are allowing
pain and suffering in the world. God gave us each other. He told us to
love one another (1 John 4:7) and to treat others as we would want to
be treated (Luke 6:31). These days it's like every man for himself.
Some people just keep going and don't care because it isn't happening
to them. They don't want to help others because they feel like they will start
asking them for help all the time. So, they refuse to get involved. They think
that they (themselves) will never be in a position of need.
So, the next time something bad happens, you need to ask yourself "have
I lost sight of God" or "what blessing does God have for me". Pay attention
and try to look beyond your feelings and see what God is trying to do for you.
Either He is trying to correct you (Job 5:17-18) or bless you.