Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Why bad things happen to good people

We live in a broken world were lives are broken around us, we see divorce, death, sickness, etc all the times.

There are 4 basic facts if life:
Understanding the 4 facts of life, we will be mentally prepared for crisis.

When bad things happen, we must have faith, with faith in the Lord, believing that He will preserve us no matter what happens.

Suffering is a good cure for PRIDE;
"I know a man in Christ who fourteen years ago was caught up to the third heaven. Whether it was in the body or out of the body I do not know—God knows. And I know that this man—whether in the body or apart from the body I do not know, but God knows— was caught up to paradise. He heard inexpressible things, things that man is not permitted to tell.
(2 Cor 12:2-4)

-We must humble ourselves so to receive further blessing
-We must NOT exalt ourselves
-Don't be proud... be like Jesus

Suffering presses us onto God's grace;
Grace is God's supernatural strength to do what we cannot do by ourselves.

-When things happen we lean on God's will and trust God's word

Suffering is a training ground for strength.
It helps to build faith.

"You then, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus."
(2 Tim 2:1)

"To this you were called, because Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow in his steps."
(1Peter 2:21)

Suffering reveals the true nature of our faith.
-will you still follow God's word/Jesus if you are suffering?
-God uses suffering to find His real followers.



  1. Suffering in a valley makes us thankful for mountain-top experiences.

  2. God is more concerned about improving our character than letting us enjoy comfort that does nothing to improve our character.