Why Does God

4 Dec

Why Does God…

I received the following email the other day:

Ed, my name is George and am in Mike’s Sunday school class. I really enjoy your emails. I wonder if you would share your thoughts on why God allows bad things to happen to good people.

I responded:

George, If we, as Christians, believe God doesn’t let anything happen without reason then we also have believe it is a teaching moment. Our technology, medically and otherwise, has grown from someone looking to fix something bad that has happened to someone else.

Our growing experiences have come from learning from our mistakes or the mistakes of others we have learned from. That would be the simple answer, but there are many answers to your question as people have been asking it for years. Suffering is a way of life because we share our grief, feelings, loss and Love. Then we turn it all over to Jesus, who suffered more than any of us will ever have to. He gave his life to redeem us and give us eternal life.

When I was injured in Vietnam I almost died and was actually pronounced dead, but God had other plans for me and brought me back to share that experience and show His grace and compassion. Am I a good person? Biblically no, for God is Good, I am nothing but a sinner. None of us can be considered good compared to God.

To completely answer your question, I don’t think there is one good answer for He wants us to learn and grow to help others have a better life. I just have Faith that He will let me know when I stand in front of Him. That being said I use every experience, good and bad as a lesson to be learned and faithfully seek to find the blessing with each.

Then I take those blessing and share them with everyone who crosses my path.I hope this gives you some insight towards the answer you seek. Respectfully, Ed


I, over the years, have answered that question about 10 times for different ministers and they usually come back with rebuttal something like how can that justify the suffering?

I usually offer this response: God offers us eternal life, but doesn’t promise us life will be easy. Do you know the phrase “If I only knew then what I know now”? Just think of all the suffering we could have avoided if we knew then how to prevent it from happening in the first place. That is the lesson we learned – how to prevent it.

“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” John 16:33

I write about my life experiences because I want to share the blessings I have received and the lessons I’ve learned. My hope is that they enlighten others about the strength of the love, light and hope He wields while watching over us. He is giving us this strength in the form of blessings to share with others. I can only shine my light and hope others learn from it.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,


One Response to “Why Does God”

  1. terry mcdonald December 5, 2020 at 12:43 pm #

    Thanks Ed, John 16:33 immediately came to Mind when I started reading this devotion. We as Christians aren’t promised a rose garden, however we do have the promise of eternal life. I also like the scripture in regards to our troubles in life found in Matt:5:45, For he makes the sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust. tmac

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