Why do evil things happen to Christians?

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It is not uncommon that evil things happen to good Christians “Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ’s sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy” (1 Peter 2: 12,13).

When a person turns away from sin, he incurs the enmity of the devil. The world seeks to disrupt the believer’s relationship with the Savior. As the believer fights the war with the flesh, he may experience difficult situations. That is why in the Lord’s Prayer we are told to pray “Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil” (Matthew 6:9-15). And our Heavenly Father offers all the help necessary to overcome “There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it” (1 Corinthians 10:13).

Why would a loving God allow His children to go through trials and hardships? Surely, if He loved them, He would take all these hardships away. God loves His children to death but He “works all things together for good” (Romans 8:28). For the believer, all trials and tribulations have a divine purpose.

If the believer’s eyes were opened and he could see the beginning from the end, he would always choose the path the Lord has chosen for him. So, when evil things happen, he can just trust that what is meant for his harm, God will use it for his advantage “No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper” (Isaiah 54:17).

In 1 Peter 1:6-7, it says, “In this you greatly rejoice, even though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been distressed by various trials, that the proof of your faith, being more precious than gold which perishes, even though tested by fire, may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ.” Trials, temptations and difficulties develop godly character.

The Christian need not get discouraged but rather look for the reward “Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. And let endurance have its perfect result, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. . . . Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial; for once he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life, which the Lord has promised to those who love Him” (James 1:2-4,12).

But, sometimes, “trials and tribulations” are the  result of people’s own sins “By no means let any of you suffer as a murderer, or thief, or evildoer, or a troublesome meddler” (1 Peter 4:15). In this case, the believers are to avoid these wrong decisions and actions by God’s grace which is freely given to all that ask.

In His service,

BibleAsk Team

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