A few months ago, I received a horrible news via Facebook that my friend’s wife died in a fire accident. Their house got burnt down and nothing was left for them. My friend is a father of two and was married to a beautiful, kind-hearted, missionary woman.
The story was, his wife got out of their burning house but did not see him outside from where she was standing. Fearing that he was still inside and trapped, she went back in the blazing inferno hoping she could save him. What she did not know was her husband was also able to escape the fire together with their children but were at the back of the house.
And the ill-fated accident took her life. Many could not believe what happened. A lot of questions were raised.
How come it happened?
Why does this beautiful and God-fearing woman have to die in a horrific manner?
Why she? Why not the robbers, the murderers, the prostitutes…?
But the biggest question was, “is it God’s will for His people to suffer?”
God is good and only good things can come from a God who is good. While the enemy only comes to kill, steal, and destroy. – John 10:10.
While it is true that bad things happen to those who love and believe God, we must not think that He is the One who authors it. He allows bad things to happen but He is not the one causing them. We can find a perfect example of this in the story of Job. God allowed the enemy to do to Job and his family what he is best at doing – killing, stealing, and destroying.
Job lost his family and friends and his livelihood. He also questioned God (I cannot blame him) but in the later part of the story repented for questioning Him. He still acknowledged that God is God and He is good! And what happened next? God caused all the troubles thrown at him by the enemy to turn to good and he got more than what he lost! Our God is a God of turn-around and nothing is impossible to Him!
So, going back to the question, “is it God’s will for His people to suffer?” The answer is a big NO! He loves us His people so much that He gave His only begotten Son, Jesus Christ, to die for all of us – to save us from our sins, to save us from poverty, to heal us from our illnesses. If He wills for us to suffer, He would not have sent His Son to do all these, in the first place.
Sometimes, He allows bad things to happen for us to learn a thing or two from the things that we do that is not in alignment with His Word. Take for example, if we stole money and we got caught and sentenced to go to jail, despite that bad thing we did, He still loves us but we need to learn that what we did is not right and we need to face the consequence!
There are times we go through something in life even though we keep His commandments, just like what happened to my friend. With this, I don’t know what’s going on in His mind but the Bible says, His ways are higher than ours. His thoughts are not our thoughts. – Isaiah 55:8-9. There are things that are just between God and me, between God and you. If you are going through something, ask Him, talk to Him what He wants you to know in that situation. He will answer you. – Jeremiah 33:3