Maybe it’s because of my natural self-concern but, like many people, I have asked, “Why do bad things happen to good people?” Also, often the guilty seem to glide through life untouched by tragedy or need. That’s unfair, too. So why do good things happen to bad people? (Oops, there it is again: human selfishness!)
Then it occurred to me that people seem to be asking, “Why do bad things happen?” But nobody seems to be asking, “Why do good things happen?” If we stop and think about it, there are many good things in life. Why do these happen? Yes, even to bad people.
I don’t have all the answers, but I do know this: God is not like me. I am filled with self-concern; I overflow with selfishness. I want good things to happen to good people and (okay, I admit it) I don’t lose much sleep when bad things happen to bad people. But, thank God, He is not like me.
God is Love. He loved so much that He paid a blood price high enough to pay the penalty for every evil thought or act throughout history, including yours and mine. Then He illuminated humanity’s path leading to Him with Nature’s message, directives through prophets and apostles, and even as our Mentor of Life: The man Jesus of Nazareth. After that, He offered to live not just beside us, but in us: through His Holy Spirit.
Perhaps most intriguing of all, He’s gentleman enough to continue providing each of us with life and time (as well as whatever individual motivation works best) as He waits for us to accept His offer—or not. If we accept His offer and choose Him, He’s unwilling to leave us as we are and works within us to remake and remold us into His beautiful likeness. He gives us a life lived well in His ways and then welcomes us Home in the end.
However, if we refuse his offer, while (and as long as) we do so, He continues to bless us as long as we live, giving us a chance to repent. But if we fail to do so, in the end because we’ve clearly indicated our choice, He finally lets us go. And that’s Love!
God loves us all more than we could ever hope to deserve. So why does God give us good things even when we don’t deserve it? Because He is God. And we are not.
“The Lord is not slow concerning his promise, as some regard slowness, but is being patient toward you, because he does not wish for any to perish but for all to come to repentance. But the day of the Lord will come like a thief; when it comes, the heavens will disappear with a horrific noise, and the celestial bodies will melt away in a blaze, and the earth and every deed done on it will be laid bare. Since all these things are to melt away in this manner, what sort of people must we be, conducting our lives in holiness and godliness”. Apostle Peter, 2 Peter 3:9-11.