Why Do Bad Things Happen?

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Why do bad things happen? This topic could probably be the question that is asked the most in this world for the present and future. I would suggest that the answer is one that perhaps satisfies the least, or does it? Fortunately for you, you have come to the right place, because today I’m going to tell you why and the reason is…just kidding, I don’t know.

“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” – Romans 8:28

However, I do have some suggestions that you can chew on for a bit, so give me some of your time today.

Why do bad things happen?

To give you some perspective, I confessed my transgressions and years of struggle with sexual immorality to my wife, and since then, I’ve been doing everything in “my own strength” to win her heart back, with seemingly little success. I thought that leaving her notes on her pillow, letters, gifts, hugs, and kisses on the forehead would be enough to reconsider her decision to separate. Here too, I was sadly mistaking.

Naturally, I asked myself, her and God, why she was not responding to my efforts and what I could do to have her come to her senses! I have been so grieved by the rejection that I was really at the end of my rope.

On Tuesday night, while doing Bible study as part of a group, we covered the “Character of Jesus,” and the scripture was John 13:1-17, where Jesus washed the disciples’ feet. Just an FYI, this was the ultimate gesture of humbleness from Jesus because washing feet was given to the lowest slave, as a duty, in those days. Jesus, the Son of Man, came to be a servant, not the mighty King people were expecting. The washing of the feet also symbolizes FORGIVENESS and that you only need to have your feet washed when you walked in the streets after having a bath. This symbol means that after you have accepted Jesus into your life and have asked for forgiveness of your sins, you are washed clean from all the sin.

While reading the scripture, the Holy Spirit highlighted John 13:2 for me: The evening meal was in progress, and the devil had already prompted Judas, the son of Simon Iscariot, to betray Jesus.” and revealed to me:

God Will Allow Bad Things to Happen

God will ALLOW, not cause bad things to happen so that God can enact his perfect will! When you love and obey God, bad things” become opportunities to learn, grow, and ultimately turn you into the person you are meant to be.

Let me explain

The crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus Christ was to tear down the wall [separation] that existed between God and us after the fall of man by Adam and Eve [in the Garden of Eden]

and the redemption of the man out of the hands of the devil!

The plan involved Judas betraying Jesus. Even though Judas Iscariot was a disciple, who saw all the miracles and heard Jesus speak, it did not matter as he was chosen to help accomplish God’s will, plan, and purpose.

A Likely Conclusion

Satan may well cause the storm that is raging around you, but it is as an instrument for good in our Almighty God if you LOVE and OBEY HIM!


  1. Trudy Robie

    Best commentary on why bad things happen that I’ve read. Thanks!

  2. Ronald

    I am in the belly of the big fish waiting for the Lord.
    My wife is in the storm being tossed about waiting too.
    I may not get my family back, but I do trust that Jesus will use all of this for his good purposes despite my failures.
    I trust you Lord. Change my mind, heart, and soul so I may serve you in your mercy and grace and for your good purposes.


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