Everything happens for a reason.
The statement is synonymous with the Christian walk as we try to explain the unexplainable. It is a noble attempt to find something good in a bad situation.
Paul says God works all things together for good for those who love Him. Bad things happen for no apparent reason to the weak and innocent. Saying God promoted these acts of violence to advance a result is difficult. But He will bring purpose out of horrible events that weren’t in His perfect will. We have free will, and this freedom brings good and bad.
The Lord has created a path for us to walk—a path that will have hurt and pain because we live in an imperfect world. Hurt can create questions with no answers. When we feel pain, it is offensive to suggest God willed the pain upon us. The Lord never wills pain, but He wills His healing to our path. Whether it is a parent losing a child or a wife losing a husband to cancer, these are not events with a positive purpose, yet the Lord can create good in the aftermath of these tragedies.
The Bible says it rains on the just and unjust. Believers will experience pain and unanswered questions as our unbelieving neighbors do. But the Lord will turn the believer’s pain into gain and their mourning into healing.
We are not guaranteed a painless life, but when we are limited, God is not. If you have tasted pain, turn to the Lord and ask Him to create good out of your bad. I have tasted pain, but the Lord was faithful to bring good out of the situation when I was ready to receive it into my life.
God is ready and willing to make good out of your bad situation.
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Josh Clevenger is the pastor of Cory Zion Church in Cory, Indiana. He is a husband, father, pastor, author, and evangelist. Josh has numerous books in publication, along with an active outreach ministry. He wants people to feel connected to God’s grace and experience the comfort of His mercies. Follow Josh Clevenger Ministries to get daily encouragement from the Lord.