When Bad Things Happen

There are some big questions out there that we all wrestle with from time to time: Will a team in the West, other than the Warriors, make to the NBA Finals? Will a team in the East, without Lebron, make it to the NBA Finals? Can a number one draft pick get the Suns back in the playoffs? Could “Space Jam” actually happen? Wait, no, those aren’t the big questions. Sorry.

The big questions are: Why do bad things happen to good people? Why do good things happen to bad people? How could a good God allow so much suffering? 

These are all challenging questions about which I have heard some passionate arguments.  I have also heard some people only able to whisper these questions out of their broken hearts and reeling minds. Though the answers to these questions can never remove the pain of true suffering, they can help us find some meaning and hope in the midst of the pain.

The gospel of Jesus Christ does not shy away from the big questions at all. Instead, the gospel of Jesus Christ provides the best, clearest and most logical answers to these metaphysical questions. 

This Sunday we will be looking at Acts 7, where a very bad thing happened to a very good person. The question we will be trying to answer, more than all the other ones, is: Where is God when a bad thing is happening to a good person? Acts 7 shows us the answer clearly, and the answer is good.

God bless you and yours as you finish this week and start to brace yourself for summer heat coming our way.