When bad things happen

As you go through life you will notice that both good and bad things happen. No one is immune to the forces of life itself. Even with the best of planning you can’t predict exactly when or what life will unfold. But one thing is certain; you will have to find a way of dealing with situations and circumstances that happen. The only other option is to ignore them, which is not always a prudent choice. Certain matters require your direct attention. One of the most common statements I use is: “This too shall pass.” This is not an actual scripture but the one that many believers use to get them through tough times.

Until you have gone through tough times you really do not know exactly how you might respond. Tragedies, thank god, are not things that we usually get to practice. Life comes at you fast and furiously and you are always in the batter’s box, like it or not. Although some people seem to face chaos more than others, I don’t think that is merely because of luck. It is my belief that our souls have challenges born in them that has to be worked out. Since we are not in control of the circumstances of our births that means that God set our venues for us, therefore each person is placed in the most optimum position to nurture their immortal soul. This assignment comes from the heavenly realms.

“Many are the afflictions of the righteous,
But the Lord delivers him out of them all.”
Psalms 34:19

However, in addition to this spiritual placement we are given free will therefore we can make unwise choices that also bring forth consequences in both the natural and spiritual realms.

“Evil shall slay the wicked,

And those who hate the righteous shall be condemned.” Psalms 34:21

No, it is not God who causes bad things to happen but He can be our refuge, provider and protector in times of great need. That is if you place Him in the position of being your ever-present provider.

“The eyes of the Lord are on the righteous,
And His ears are open to their cry.”
Psalms 34:15

Even though God will never forsake or leave those that place their trust in Him… that is our call to make. If you choose to deny Him He will respect that choice.

“The Lord redeems the soul of His servants,
And none of those who trust in Him shall be condemned.”
Psalms 34:22

So when bad things happen and you have placed your trust in the Lord your God just know that nothing on earth can separate you from the love of God. If He allows things to happen in this world… He also opens a door to the other side where retribution is settled. No matter how it might appear to our mortal eyes, God sees things in immortality:

“For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, 39 nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 8:38-39

“In each life some rain must fall.” This is in the lyrics to a song sung by Ella Fitzgerald and Ink Spots back in 1944 if you Google the title. Christ tells us that “God makes the sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and the unjust,” In Matthew 5:45. As citizens of this world we must face what this world offers, albeit sinner or saint. It is not what we face as much is in how we deal with what we face. If we belong to God we have refuge in times of great needs but if not we are out there on our own facing unspeakable things. Believers take comfort in knowing God is there with them every step of the way.

God is our refuge and strength,

A very present help in trouble.

Therefore we will not fear,
Even though the earth be removed,
And though the mountains be carried into the
midst of the sea;

Though its waters roar and be troubled,
Though the mountains shake with its swelling. Selah

Psalm 46:1-3

Our God will be there with us through it all, albeit the good and the bad. When bad things happen we have refuge and we are not alone. His angels are sent to be with us.

“The angel of the Lord encamps all around those who fear Him, and delivers them.”

Psalms 34:7