Why do bad things happen to good people? From Coffee Hour @ Chicklit Power- More on the If I could have coffee with God . . . series

Welcome to Coffee Hour @ Chicklit Power and thanks for stopping by. If you are joining us for the first time today, we are in the midst of a sort of coffee hour with God, and we are looking for some answers to the very tough question, “Why do bad things happen to good people?” and I was in the midst of a true story. Grab your coffee and go to a comfy and quiet place and let’s see if we can get some answers. 🙂

We are actually in the midst of a detour discovered by that still voice in my heart whispering the reminder that we will comfort others with the comfort we’ve been given and then I found the verse in 2nd Corinthians 1:3b-4: The Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort those who are in any trouble with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.

Like the verse states, we will have tribulation, aka, real tough times and, yes, everything that happens to us has to go through Him first but that is why we must understand the difference between His perfect will and His permissive will. His permissive will is what results from our choices in life. Oftentimes, one choice will have many effects. Does that mean that that’s God’s fault? Absodarnlutely not! 🙂 Our choices are what point us in the direction we go, right or wrong.

See, His perfect will would be that we turn to Him for all things, that we love Him with our whole heart, BUT, since we are born with that tendency to sin and not be perfect, His perfect will for our lives will not be realized until we are with Him in our new and improved eternal bodies. The fact is, whether we want to admit it or not, whether it’s purposeful or not, we screw up. We can’t possibly be the perfect person in an imperfect world, and if you think you may be close to perfection because you’re a good person, well, then, maybe it’s everybody else messing with your world, huh? 🙁  🙂 I don’t think so! Those who believe they are “good people” usually are not fully reliant upon Him and are swept away the moment the first big wave begins to roll onto the shore of life and rock their world.

Let me try and wrap up this detour so I can get to the rest of the true story about my friend. Let’s look up the definition for the word “comfort.” The Merriam Webster’s Dictionary definition for comfort is: “To give strength and hope to; cheer. To ease the grief or trouble of; console.” Hmmm, I’m feeling another little detour ahead. STOP!

When we are physically, emotionally and/or spiritually weak, tired, depleted of hope, what or who do we turn to in order to get replenished? There are all sorts of things that the world offers to take our mind off our troubles, to help us to feel better quicker, to energize us temporarily. Could it be that we turn to the wrong people or things for comfort?

Hmmm, that’s hitting some memory nerve for me. I definitely looked for comfort in all the wrong places and from the wrong people. What if I were to tell you, He should be our FIRST source of comfort? I can share with you from experience that when He becomes our first source of comfort, then we are less likely to fall for the wrong kinds of comfort! 🙂 I hope that’s making sense.

Now let’s look at the Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance for the Hebrew and Greek translations – hmmm, the Webster’s dictionary says the first known use for this word was in the 13th Century. I wonder why? Anyway, “comfort” is actually in Genesis, the first book of the Bible.

OMG, this is a discovery! The Hebrew translation is “nacham” and 41 times in the Old Testament it means “to repent.” Huh? Bear with me, please. This gets good but you gotta chew the whole thing. 🙂 The remaining definitions, contexts (57 more) mean to console. So when it is used in that first context, to repent, “the emphasis is on turning to a positive course of action,” (this involves more than the physical self/action; it includes the emotional attitude and spiritual self as well) not just turning from a less desirable course! Whew, did you get that last part? In other words, not just looking for a quick fix! 🙂

Let’s continue on: “Hence, when one repents, he/she exerts strength to change.” I’m thinking that change in and of itself will bring some comfort to any situation. This definition or context actually goes deeper, but we’ll go ahead to the next definition. Comfort is derived from “Con,” which means with, and “forth” which means strength. The Old Testament is full of examples of this kind of comfort which can only come from one source: Abba who will not only comfort us when we turn to Him but He will put others in our lives to be His heart, His voice, His arms of love, just like He did for the psalmists so long ago, just like He did for Job, and for David. The list goes on and on of those who turned to the right source and were comforted.

Please come back tomorrow and I’ll finish up this detour and get back to the answers He gave me for my friend who’s gone through so much.

Have a comfort-filled day,

Evinda

 

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