Bad Things vs. Good People

They also took Lot, the son of Abram's brother, who was dwelling in Sodom, and his possessions, and went their way.
Genesis 14:12

Do you find yourself asking why do bad things happen to good people? Or, where is God when bad things happen?

Throughout Scripture, bad things happened to seemingly good people. In Genesis 14:1-16, Abram’s nephew Lot is kidnapped in the midst of a war. Once Abram learns of his nephew’s predicament, he gathers his allies and goes to rescue Lot and his family (Genesis 14:13-16), but where was God? Why did God allow Lot and his family to be kidnapped?

And though my heart is torn I will praise You in this storm
— Casting Crowns, "Praise You In This Storm"

Faith Hopler says in her article, “Why Does God Let Bad Happen?", 

“God tends to come alongside [us] and absorb [our] angry questions in silence, then quietly send fingers of peace down into [our] heart[s], like roots after rain. Not answers. The entire thrust, it seems, of God’s present interaction with us is not toward convincing us through His words until we have no choice but to accept is to present Himself to us at our side, in the midst of our pain, as friend, holy God, sacrificial Savior—warrior and tender spirit, until we take Him not for His answers—because they are too much for us—but for His comfort, which is always just enough.”

Despite the pain we may be in when bad things happen, God is there. He is ready and waiting to calm the storm, to bring us comfort, and peace. The song, “Praise You In This Storm” by Casting Crowns is a great reminder of how God is with us. Bad things have happened, and they will continue to happen, but God is with us.

God wants to hear from us. He wants to hear the good, the bad, and the ugly. Sometimes we have to be still and silent to hear Him calling, especially in the midst of the pain, but like Faith wrote and the lyrics from the song sang, God is here. Even though bad things happen, God loves us, and wants to help us through the pain. Cry out to Jesus during the good times and the bad times.

See You In The Round,