Why Bad Things Happen to Good People
"As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways and My thoughts than your thoughts." (Is. 55:9)
Redefine GOOD AND BAD.
a. Good - what's GOOD for us in the long run.
b. Bad - what's HARMFUL for us in the long run.
- Choice allows for GOOD AND EVIL.
a. Love is founded in CHOICE.
"And we know, that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose." (Rom. 8:28)
"You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives." (Gen. 50:20)
"Consider it joy, my brothers, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance..." (James 1:2-3)
- Your RESPONSE determines your OUTCOME.
"They went to a place called Gethsemane, and Jesus said to His disciples, 'Sit here while I pray.' He took Peter, James and John along with Him, and He began to be deeply distressed and troubled. 'My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death,' He said to them. 'Stay here and keep watch.'" (Mark 14:32-34)
"Going a little farther, He fell to the ground and prayed that if possible the hour might pass from Him. 'Abba, Father,' He said, 'everything is possible for You. Take this cup from Me. Yet not what I will, but what You will.'" (Mark 14:35-36)