Archive for January 12th, 2010

Now there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the Lord, and Satan also came among them. The Lord said to Satan, “From where have you come?” Satan answered the Lord and said, “From going to and fro on the earth, and from walking up and down on it.” And the Lord said to Satan, “Have you considered my servant Job, that there is none like him on the earth, a blameless and upright man, who fears God and turns away from evil?” Then Satan answered the Lord and said, “Does Job fear God for no reason? Have you not put a hedge around him and his house and all that he has, on every side? You have blessed the work of his hands, and his possessions have increased in the land. But stretch out your hand and touch all that he has, and he will curse you to your face.” And the Lord said to Satan, “Behold, all that he has is in your hand. Only against him do not stretch out your hand.” So Satan went out from the presence of the Lord. -Job 1:6-12 (ESV)

This is often a hard concept to grasp. If everythiny is done with God’s permission, then why do bad things happen? Some people will try and get around this by saying that God just can’t stop the bad things from happening. Yet, this makes it sound as if satan is more powerful than God. Thankfully God is in control of ALL things, the good and the bad. calling a bird of prey from the east, the man of my counsel from a far country. I have spoken, and I will bring it to pass; I have purposed, and I will do it. (Isaiah 46:11, ESV) Now I would like to briefly point out that some people say God “let” something happen. Now, no matter what you mean by that, I would shy away from such terminology because it still comes off sounding like God isn’t in control. Instead one could say that God allowed something to happen because this indicates that he gave his permission. Now then, why do bad things happen to good people? Well first of all, are there really “good” people? Are there really some of us who don’t deserve the most severe punishment ever? Romeans 3:10 (ESV) says, as it is written: “None is righteous, no, not one. Now, that’s not to say that everything that has happened is a ounishment for sin. In fact, in the chapters of job following his loss of health, Job’s friends try continuosly to convince Job that he has sinned and brought the current calamity upon himself. Like I said, the bad things that happento us aren’t automatically a punishment for some sin. God often uses the bad things that happen to us to teach us, to strengthen our faith, to bring unbelievers to Him. We can’t always see the whole picture. In fact, very often we are looking at only a small peice of a much larger puzzle. So when the bad timescome, trust God, praise Him and rest assured in this promise, And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good,  for those who are called according to his purpose.-Romans 8:28 (ESV)

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