This I recall to my mind, therefore have I hope. It is of the LORD’s mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness.
Lamentations 3:21-23

People often struggle with the question, “Why does God allow bad things?” They question, “If God were good, wouldn’t He intervene and stop wicked things from happening in our lives?” The real question is: why do we feel we deserve good things? When God created man and placed him in the Garden of Eden, everything was perfect-there was no pain, sickness, or death. God created us to have fellowship with Him, but we disobeyed Him. God’s holiness and justice requires that sin must be judged. We deserve His judgment, and if He punished us immediately, He would be just in doing so. However, because of His love and mercy toward us, He provided a way to redeem us to Himself by sending His Son to die in our place.

Even though it is our fault there is sin in the world and thus pain, trouble, and death, we tend to blame God for the unwanted consequences of our sins. Instead of blaming God for the evil in the world, we need to remember it is only because of His mercy that we are not consumed. Every day we sin and fall short of God’s perfection, but He is willing to forgive us and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

If we look at where evil comes from, we will see it is a result of man’s sin. The good things come from God because He is good. There is no reason for us to expect good from God. We don’t deserve His blessing. In fact, we were His enemies, and yet He loved us.

The question shouldn’t be, “Why does God allow bad things?”; the question should be, “Why does God do good things to bad people?” We are the ones at fault and deserve the consequences of our sin, “but God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us” (Ephesians 2:4). Instead of questioning His love, we need to thank Him for all the good we receive that we don’t deserve.

Think of God’s undeserved love for you and show that love to someone today.

Pastor Jim Scudder, Jr