Every once in a while, people who lack faith and understanding may ask,“Why does God allow evil to occur?”  Or they might ask, “Why does God allow bad things to happen to good people?”  Over time, God brings understanding to our lives (those of us who have a relationship with Him through Jesus), but even when we cannot understand, our part during trials is not to question God but to learn how to simply trust Him, just as Job did throughout most of His trial.  When Job was initially faced with His trials, the loss of his wealth, the loss of his children, and even the loss of his health, each time he said in response, “Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return there.  The Lord gave, and the Lord has taken away; blessed be the name of the LORD” (Job1:21).  Of course, even Job reached the end of his patience and faith, eventually questioning God (Job 7).  But then, this merely shows that even a man like Job is only a man and is not perfect.  Like all of us, he too had flaws.  Moreover, God used this moment (when Job reached the limits of his faith) to teach him and to grow his faith (Job 38). 

Not only do the above questions show a lack of faith, perhaps someone who does not know God at all, but these are not even the right questions.  Those without a relationship with God may not realize through the ignorance of their sin-darkened minds that good is not the default condition in this world.  Ever since the fall of Adam and Eve into sin, God passed judgment on the world and on all of mankind, cursing the ground from then on:  “Cursed is the ground for your sake; in toil you shall eat of it all the days of your life.  Both thorns and thistles it shall bring forth for you, and you shall eat the herb of the field.  In the sweat of your face you shall eat bread till you return to the ground, for out of it you were taken; for dust you are, and to dust you shall return” (Genesis 3:17-19). Therefore, with the fall of man into sin, nature has been cursed ever since.  I believe that the scientific principle of entropy, derived from the second law of thermodynamics, is the manifestation of that very curse upon nature in which everything tends toward disorder and lower states of energy or decay. 

Because of this curse upon nature, all of nature tends toward decay and destruction without God’s intervention.  Moreover, we know that God does intervene because we learn from Lamentations 3:22-23 that, if God did not intervene, we would be destroyed by the curse upon nature, by our own foolishness and sin, by the wickedness of the world, and by the evil work of Satan:  “It is of the Lord's mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not.  They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness.”  Given the curse upon nature, our own sin, the sin of the world, and the work of Satan, we would be foolish to expect only good because good is not the natural order of things currently.  Also, we ask the wrong question when we ask why bad things happen to good people.  The Bible tells us very clearly:  “As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one” (Romans 3:10).  Since none of us are good, except for God, and no human has ever been sinless, except for Jesus, then we have no right to expect good.  Therefore, the good in life that we do receive is only by the mercy and compassion of God. 

I pray that your life will be filled with the love, compassion, and provision of God,  that you will know Him personally through the doorway of Jesus Christ, and that God will strengthen and comfort you if you are going through trials at the present time.

 


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    I'm a retired soldier, having spent 23 years of my life serving our country, actually 30 years when you count the reserve and National Guard time as well.  I believe in servant leaders, following the example of our Lord, and I believe in giving back to the troops once one has attained a certain status or level of success in life.  But I also believe in fighting back against corruption and incompetence wherever you find it if it hurts people.  Our national values were worth dying for.  They are also worth living for.  A man or woman can actually live a life by these principles of humility, service, love, duty, and honor, and have a significant impact on the world around them...if you have the dedication to see it through. 

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