A few weeks back we had a question and answer time with our pastor in our student ministry during a Wednesday night service. We were concluding our apologetic series that evening. We ha d a lot of great questions that were asked but we had a few that did not get adequately answered. So I am going to attempt to briefly answer one of the questions.
The student asked the question, “why does God allow bad things to happen to Christians?” By the way this question is a bit different from other similar questions. But let us try and answer this.
Today I was reading Deuteronomy 8 and Moses is talking about God bringing the children of Israel out of Egypt. He also was speaking about the trials that they went through.
And you shall remember the whole way that the Lord your God has led you these forty years in the wilderness, that he might humble you, testing you to know what was in your heart, whether you would keep his commandments or not. And he humbled you and let you hunger and fed you with manna, which you did not know, nor did your fathers know, that he might make you know that man does not live by bread alone, but man lives by every word that comes from the mouth of the Lord. Your clothing did not wear out on you and your foot did not swell these forty years. Know then in your heart that, as a man disciplines his son, the Lord your God disciplines you. (Deuteronomy 8:2-5 ESV)
Moses pointed out that God does thighs for His reasons, and that sometimes God punishes us because he loves us, as a father loves and disciplines his children. So God does these things to us. It is these events or and things that help us grow closer in relationship with Him. These things help mold us into the man or woman that God wants us to be. It is like God taking clay and molding it into the object that He wants us to become.
In Hebrews 12 God describes this as a way to know that you belong to God. Because God punishes those whom he loves so that we can grow in purity and in our relationship with God.
This takes from us, humility to always see that God is in control and has a purpose. We must stay teachable, allowing God and others to speak into our lives. We must also seek to grow in prayer and n Bible reading in our relationship too God as this should draw us closer.
Gods discipline is the hardest to go through but the most loving, and the most rewarding as we seek to draw our lives closer to His.