Devotionals

When “Bad” Things Happen to Good People

woman looking out of window

“For the LORD God is a sun and shield; the LORD bestows grace and favour and honour. NO good thing does he withhold from those who walk uprightly.” (Psalm 84:11)

I have always viewed this verse from the angle that God does not withhold desirable good things from me if I am walking upright- a good job,  good relationships, a good spouse etc.

Growing up, I hated getting my immunization shots.  I dreaded the needle and cried from the pain. I remembered dragging my feet to school when all I wanted was to sleep a little bit longer. Chores annoyed me. And let’s not even mention vegetables… ugggh!

If I had a dollar for every time I asked  “Why do I have to do this ?” as a kid, I would probably be a millionaire by now.

I’m sure it touched my parents to see me enduring things I did not enjoy. However, they knew that even though those things were undesirable, they were good for me. 

Jesus said “If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give what is good to those who ask Him! (Matthew 7:11)”

When I was child I spoke like a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child. I thought my parents were torturing me. I wondered why they would let me go through all that if they really loved me.

Now that I’ve grown up, I am grateful that those “dreadful” things were not withheld from me just because I complained about them.

Even though the Bible says we are to glory in tribulation,  I still cringe at the thought of suffering or pain. It is in hard times that I wonder if God is really there with me. Is He really a faithful, infinitely powerful and loving father? Then WHY is He letting this happen?

If my imperfect earthly parents allowed me go through undesirable things because they love me and want the best for me, what more should I expect of my perfect heavenly father?

God would never let me go through something painful for no beneficial reason. I might not understand why God lets me go through some seemingly horrible situations, but I still choose to trust Him and His word.

Like Job I am learning to say “Though He slay me, yet will I trust Him.” (Job 13:15)

It may seem like God is very unfair, but I’ll just have to believe that one day I will look back and thank Him for not withholding the “bad” things from me.

After all, it was the “bad things and the undesirable events that have produced a stronger, wiser, freer and more mature Christian.

Thank God for that.

67 Comments

67 Comments

  1. Puzzling Ojelarom

    March 30, 2017 at 9:27 pm

    AmeN”

  2. Mary Kahoro

    March 30, 2017 at 4:59 pm

    Amen

  3. Olivia Manjinjiwa

    March 30, 2017 at 4:45 pm

    Amen glory

  4. Ronda Booysen

    March 30, 2017 at 3:07 pm

    Amen

  5. Treazer Shugulali

    March 30, 2017 at 3:06 pm

    Amen

  6. Terry Daley

    March 30, 2017 at 2:22 pm

    Amen

  7. Frank Livata

    March 30, 2017 at 1:03 pm

    Amen

  8. Phumeza Memani

    March 30, 2017 at 12:36 pm

    Amen

  9. Seboladi Moeti

    March 30, 2017 at 12:35 pm

    True that we should praise him in our hardship

  10. Mariel Perez

    March 30, 2017 at 12:02 pm

    Keith Jason White

  11. Bobbie Deal

    March 30, 2017 at 10:57 am

    Amen so true that were victory is found

  12. Anita Hall

    March 30, 2017 at 10:55 am

    Very good read

  13. Gerri Gurley

    March 30, 2017 at 10:47 am

    Amen.

  14. Annet Naki

    March 30, 2017 at 10:27 am

    Yes

  15. Annet Naki

    March 30, 2017 at 10:27 am

  16. Annet Naki

    March 30, 2017 at 10:26 am

    Yes…

  17. Rebecca Bosigo

    March 30, 2017 at 9:48 am

    Amen n Amen!!!!

  18. Amy Airey

    March 30, 2017 at 7:13 am

    Amen

  19. Bee Chiyekete Tapfumaneyi

    March 30, 2017 at 4:52 am

    God answers prayers and his mercies are new everymorning

  20. Delane Alligood

    March 30, 2017 at 2:25 am

    i could tag so many really good Godly women in this
    Bobbie Thomas
    Heather Ann Edge
    Pat Cranford Thomas
    Terri Hickman Moore
    Cheryl Gay
    just to name a few

    • Bobbie Thomas

      March 30, 2017 at 2:59 am

      Thank you Delaine. That is so sweet of you.

  21. Brianne Lulu Wilds

    March 30, 2017 at 12:57 am

    Amen

  22. ShaRon Lacy Crudup-Eskridge

    March 29, 2017 at 11:46 pm

    ALLELUIA!!! AMEN.

  23. Juliana B Mbursa

    March 29, 2017 at 8:57 pm

    Amin

  24. Nothembekile Galada

    March 29, 2017 at 7:02 pm

    Amen

  25. Jocolia Tshosane

    March 29, 2017 at 6:20 pm

    Amen

  26. Latoya Johnson

    March 29, 2017 at 4:01 pm

    Amen

  27. Yvette Llamas

    March 29, 2017 at 2:58 pm

    Amen

  28. Doretha Hawes

    March 29, 2017 at 2:46 pm

    Amen

  29. Joanna L Kearns

    March 29, 2017 at 2:41 pm

    ARE TRIALS EVER GOING TO END???????

  30. Mercia Pedro Esterhuizen

    March 29, 2017 at 2:22 pm

    Amen.

  31. Deborah Kagimu

    March 29, 2017 at 2:00 pm

    Help me Lord to worship u in all situations

  32. Jann Snyder Nelson

    March 29, 2017 at 1:31 pm

    Amen

  33. Sue Keller

    March 29, 2017 at 1:22 pm

    You may have had some divine insight when you protested immunizations. The majority of vaccines recommended by the CDC for children are tainted by their development and manufacturing with aborted human fetal cells. https://cogforlife.org/wp-content/uploads/vaccineListOrigFormat.pdf

  34. Kalu Roselyn

    March 29, 2017 at 1:14 pm

    Very correct.

  35. Nothabo Tshuma Dube

    March 29, 2017 at 1:05 pm

    Amen

  36. Charmaine Jones

    March 29, 2017 at 12:58 pm

    Thank you for your grace and mercy amen

  37. Diann Bond

    March 29, 2017 at 12:50 pm

    Elora Leann Palmer

  38. Natalie Eugene

    March 29, 2017 at 12:50 pm

    Amen

  39. Ericka Shields

    March 29, 2017 at 12:43 pm

    My daily survival tactic.

  40. Christine Diaz-Scott

    March 29, 2017 at 12:37 pm

    Very nice congrats yae.

  41. Eleanor Michaels

    March 28, 2017 at 10:03 pm

    The Lord has been and is always good to me. Without Him I do not know what my life would’ve been.
    I praise him all the time when am walking in the street, in the kitchen, bathroom, my work place. Every where I am at any point in time He is worthy to be praised.
    Thank you Lord for my life and I pray that this trials and tribulations am facing now will uplift me further to a greater place my God wants me to be. Amen
    My friends continue to trust and praise Him. God never fails.

  42. Mar Antoinet

    March 26, 2017 at 1:04 pm

    This is good. But many of us need strength and prayer to help us go on. No matter how strong a person may seem, we all need each other in the time of trials. When one is strong, help those who are weak, build them up, encourage them when they feel like giving up.

  43. Sistah Julie

    March 26, 2017 at 6:27 am

    Hallelue

  44. Lilly Darshan

    March 26, 2017 at 1:18 am

    Amen. Praise the lord

  45. Zoe Faith Philips

    March 25, 2017 at 10:32 pm

    So right

  46. Isay Paranas Cuenza

    March 25, 2017 at 4:15 pm

    :'( Amen!

  47. Gina Rambali

    March 25, 2017 at 11:51 am

    who says we are good people?things happen to bad people too.just watch the news.let’s not misunderstand

  48. Onyinyechi Divine

    March 25, 2017 at 10:17 am

    oh yes!!!
    I love praising God..
    I can’t stay a day witout singing unto him songs of praise….
    and i dont tink dia is anytin dat will ever stop me from praising this Great &Mighty God…..
    Praise God!!!!!!!

  49. Kate Ogbevoen

    March 25, 2017 at 9:53 am

    That’s true,I love praising God

  50. Frances Jones

    March 25, 2017 at 7:32 am

    Yes Lord that’s me all the time.But Lord I try not to let it get to me .Hard times right now but Lord knows this to shall pass.yes Lord indeed.

  51. Nomsa Gqodwana Satula

    March 25, 2017 at 7:06 am

    Amen!

  52. Olufemi Chisom Olukoya

    March 25, 2017 at 7:06 am

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  53. Princess Christy

    March 25, 2017 at 6:24 am

    Amen, I will praise him from everlasting, to everlasting.

  54. Nonsikelelo Ncube

    March 25, 2017 at 6:04 am

    Amen!

  55. Joyce Barnett

    March 25, 2017 at 5:53 am

    Yes Praise God Amen

  56. Malefu Eunice Moloi Mannyeo

    March 25, 2017 at 5:05 am

    Jesus is the King!!!

  57. Amor Amy Birditt

    March 25, 2017 at 4:58 am

    So true

  58. Charmaine March

    March 25, 2017 at 4:49 am

    So true

  59. Sharon Musunga

    March 25, 2017 at 4:20 am

    Amen. I’m passing through storms and have made a decision to praise God the more throughout . It feels tough at first but the moment you press on the holy spirit takes over and gives courage and hope that its temporally. Nothing on this earth is everlasting. May his holly name be glorified!

  60. Brina Doc

    March 25, 2017 at 3:47 am

    Amen

  61. Ana Mae Maymay Dusaran

    March 25, 2017 at 3:20 am

    A reality no one could escape from…

  62. Patricia Victor Hernandez

    March 25, 2017 at 2:48 am

    Amen!

  63. Patricia Brown McCray

    March 25, 2017 at 2:48 am

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  64. Joanna L Kearns

    March 25, 2017 at 2:45 am

    WHEN IS HE EVER GOING TO KNOCK IT OFF!!!!!!

  65. Bonita Adams

    March 25, 2017 at 1:46 am

    Just JEsus

    • Nathaniel Rick

      March 25, 2017 at 2:00 am

      Bonita nice comment , we I am new here on Facebook and I want to have many friends here , can you please send me a friend request, God bless u as u do so

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