The book of JOB continuously comes to mind. If you know the story of Job, you know that he was a good guy. According to the Bible, Job was: blameless and upright, and one who feared God and shunned evil.
Sometimes when bad things happen to people, we tend to think that they must have done something to deserve it (or it wouldn’t be happening). From what I’ve read, seen, and experienced, there are times when that is the case…but there are also times when it’s not…like with Job. It is possible to be a good God fearing person and have bad things happen.
In Job’s case he suffered disaster after disaster not because he sinned or did anything wrong, but because God allowed Satan to test Job.
Job 1:6-12 (New King James Version)
Satan Attacks Job’s Character
7- And the LORD said to Satan, “From where do you come?”
So Satan answered the LORD and said, “From going to and fro on the earth, and from walking back and forth on it.”
8- Then 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, one who fears God and shuns evil?”
9- So Satan answered the LORD and said, “Does Job fear God for nothing?
10- Have You not made a hedge around him, around his household, and around all that he has on every side? You have blessed the work of his hands, and his possessions have increased in the land.
11- But now, stretch out Your hand and touch all that he has, and he will surely curse You to Your face!”
12- And the LORD said to Satan, “Behold, all that he has is in your power; only do not lay a hand on his person.” So Satan went out from the presence of the LORD.
Job lost almost everything at no fault of his own. Through it all he did not stop believing in God. The key point that I take from this is not only to keep believing in times of trouble but such times are a test to see if we will indeed keep believing.
Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial, because when he has stood the test, he will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him.
1 Peter 1:6-7
In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. These have come so that your faith—of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire—may be proved genuine and may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed.
So now I have two answers as to why bad things happen to good people:
- If you never experience bad you can’t recognize/appreciate the good
- Bad times (adversity) is a test
“…In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.” ~Jesus (John 16:33)
While this isn’t really an answer as to why bad things happen to good people, it is kind of a reminder that no matter what, everyone will experience trials and tribulations regardless of how good, saved, sanctified etc…they are… Its the way of the world. The interesting thing here (that is often hard to do when looking adversity in the face), is to Be Of Good Cheer! That is often easier said than done. When someone comes with bad news or something terrible happens, its kind of hard to actually be of good cheer (I’ve been there too many times and know from first hand experience). But the issue comes up a few times in Bible.
James 1:2-4 says:
My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that thetesting of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.