Who hasn’t heard the question: Why do bad things happen to good people? Or my personal favorite, “Lord why won't you stop all these bad things from happening to me? I know you can, so why won't you?” It is a question that I have asked time and time again when things in my life veer off from the happy sunny place I think it ought to be in. After all I am a Christian, I read my bible, do all the things I think I should do, try to be the kind of person that God would want me to be, so then what’s with the issues that come my way? What’s with the endless hurdles, problems and disappointments? Shouldn’t my life be easier now that I have laid it at His feet? I prayed waiting for an epiphany, a verse, someone to speak to me, but nothing, weeks and weeks of praying and still nothing.
One night I was putting my son to bed, I read him a story from his bible, listened to his prayer and began tucking him in when he had a question, he always had questions at bed time.
“Mama, in Sunday school the teacher said that God made us like him, is that true?”
“Yeah, baby. The bible says that we are made in His likeness.”
He was quiet as he thought that over, “Does that mean God has faith?”
“Um, yeah, I suppose He does.”
“I think He does,” He nodded. “I think He has faith in us like we have in Him.”
“You think so?” I asked smiling indulgently at him, it was something I had never considered.
“Yeah, why else would bad things happen?” Why else indeed.
“That’s an interesting thought.” I commented neutrally not sure what to think.
“Yeah, that way when bad stuff happens we can show God, and He can show us that He has faith in us.” POW! Just like that I had my answer.
I tucked him in with kisses and hugs, as I walked out, I went over the bed time conversation. Could it be that God has faith in us? Every time we are faced with a hurdle in our lives, we have the freedom to choose, will this trial break us or build us? Our choice.
Is God taking a chance by letting us go through ‘trials’ knowing that we will make a choice? Of course. I believe He lets us go through ‘trials’ because He has faith in us, that through it all we will keep our eyes on him, through it all we will lean on him, trust him to come through and save us. Is he taking a big risk? Yes. We could very well turn around and say that we don’t want anything to do with a God who lets bad things happen to us. Or we could know that God is with us in the trenches, hurting and loving us, having faith that we will be stronger in our faith in Him. That we will grow and become the person that He made us to be.
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