These days I have been pondering on the bad things we see all around us that are done by some people we know and even those we do not know. I asked myself why God allows such things to happen. Lots of questions came to mind and I thought it would be beneficial to address it in this blog. Please note that this article differs slightly from the article I post ‘Supporting the ungodly leader’ recently, which however addresses a similar phenomenon.
Allow me to outline a few of the typical questions that I had. Why is it that the wrong person gets a promotion? Why does the rude and bad president remain in power? Why do false religions grow at such an unbelievable pace? Why is it that the bad person keeps getting favours from authorities? Why is it that even when others try to expose corruption by some leaders but the corrupt guys still get away with it? We could even reverse the question and say ‘Why does God allow good things to happen to bad people’. This could be worrying to the upright guy that shuns all unclean practices. Some good people may even give up living the upright life and join the bad guys.
The only way we can find answers to such questions is by reading the Word (Bible) and getting guidance from the Holy Spirit. This is the way, and the only way, we can read the mind of God. I address this essential requirement for whoever wants to know God better in the article ‘The Required Cutting Edge Gospel of Jesus Christ’. I came up with three answers yet there could be more:
- I quickly got comfort in discovering the answer; ‘God allows it to happen’. I’m reminded of the story of Job, where God allows really bad experiences to befall him (Job 13:15). Why He allows such to happen is to teach the guy that thinks he is right that he also is not pure before God but under His grace. The Bible has plainly stated that there is none who is righteous, not even one (Romans 3:10). This therefore means that every human being on this planet without Jesus deserves to be thrown into hell. It also helps to know that even the most terrible misery we could experience on this planet is merciful compared to the hell we initially deserve. Therefore, when the bad guy achieves some unclean benefits, it is purely because we are all the same in the eyes of God. How great to know that our God is a fair God.
- God also allows the bad people to enjoy the good things because He hopes they will realise that He is a merciful God. The right guy, or the believer, should therefore not be jealous of this but pray for the bad guy to realise their mistake and make right with God (Psalm 37:1). The right guy is also encouraged to exhort the bad guy – tell the truth and not be ashamed (2 Timothy 4:2).
- I also know that the devil likes it when people think that they are smart, good enough and strong to get the good things on their own, without the help of God. The devil will work hard to make the person believe that he or she received the gifts from God after the prayer even if the gifts don’t necessarily come from God. It is true that the devil sometimes steals good gifts from God’s children and gives them to the ungodly. You may verify this in the webpage by divine revelations.
In any case, every living person is called to living a holy life. If you have not started or do not understand how you can begin living a holy life, you are welcome to drop me a question on this link.