LOVE LIKE JESUS
I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love.
If God Loves People, Why Do Bad Things Happen?
Bad things happen because the world we live in is not the way God originally created it. in the garden of Eden, the world was in perfect harmony (Genesis 1-2). There were no hurricanes, tornadoes, or tsunamis. There were no murders, riots, or wars. There was no human pain, suffering, or death.
Adam and Even chose to sin and now, the world and all the people in it are not the way God intended. They are disordered and broken.
God is good. The Bible says, “God is love” (I John 4:8). He loves the world and all the people in it. We know God loves us because He sent His only Son, Jesus, to earth to die for our sins (Romans 5:8). God did this to make a way for us to never die, so we can live with Him forever in heaven (John 3:16). That’s a whole lot of love!
We also know that God is not like us. God is perfect. We are not. God sees all of human history from His throne in heaven. We can only see where we are right here and now. “’For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,’ declares the Lord. ‘As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts’” (Isaiah 55:8-9).
There are many things about God that we cannot understand. There is much about God that is a mystery or secret. But because we trust God, we can accept his mysteries. Maybe some things are too terrible for us to know. Maybe some things are too wonderful. When God is ready, He will give us more understanding. And when we get to heaven, we will see everything clearly (1 Corinthians 13:12).
In the Bible, God promises that one day there will be a new heaven and a new earth (Revelation 21:1). Until then, bad things will happen. The good news is, God promises to help us through the bad times. And He always keeps his promises!
From If I Could Ask God Anything ©2006,2010 by Kathryn Slattery (Thomas Nelson) Used by permission.