|Today’s Scripture: God thundereth marvellously with his voice; great things doeth he, which we cannot comprehend. Job 37:5|
|Why when we face undesired circumstances do we respond in anger or lash out, thinking ‘This shouldn’t happen to me!’? We face a difficult situation, and it doesn’t make sense to us, so sometimes we ask, “Why do bad things happen to good people?”
What we should be asking is the opposite, “Why do good things happen to bad people?” We are sinners who, in our natural state, are enemies of God. Yet, He loves us and sent His Son to die for us that we might have eternal life. We don’t deserve it, but God loves us anyway.
We all face difficulties each and every day. Some harder than others, but we all go through trials. Sometimes when I am facing a hard situation, I look at the life of Job. Having lost everything – his wealth, his health, and his kids – he still was able to bless God. However, as his friends came and accused him saying that this was punishment from God, Job started to question. He knew he hadn’t done anything to deserve these hardships, but he couldn’t understand why God was doing this to him.
As Job and his three friends argued back and forth, Elihu just sat and listened. After they finished, Elihu spoke up. Having heard the whole conversation, Elihu turned to Job and asked, “Thinkest thou this to be right, that thou saidst, My righteousness is more than God’s?” (Job 35:2) Job had been defending himself so much that he got to the point where he started to question God because he couldn’t understand why God was doing this to him.
Elihu’s point was this: God is God – we don’t need to know why He does what He does; sometimes the things He does are even beyond our comprehension. God doesn’t owe us explanations for why He allows certain things in our lives. Rather, we owe Him the recognition that He is good, and anything He does is for our benefit. Though we may not understand, we need to recognize that if this is what God wants, then it is best.
Rodney Griffin of Greater Vision wrote a song entitled, “If This is What God Wants.” The chorus goes like this:
If this is what God wants, if this is what God says,
God is so far above us. His thoughts and ways are higher than ours. (Isaiah 55:9) Let’s trust the One Who created the world and all therein, the One Who loved you so much He died for you. Surely, we can trust Him even when we don’t understand why we must face these hardships.