When life throws us a curve ball, we sometimes find it difficult to keep our eyes on Jesus. We often wonder why God allowed for those things to happen. Why did God allow for us to be put in that bad job, or abusive relationship? Why did God take our loved ones away from us? Beloved child of God, in order to find rest in the difficult situations, let us first see who we are to Jesus and then see what sort of environment we are in. By doing so, we allow Jesus to answer our difficult questions.

“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.” John 3:16-17

My friend, we are the beloved children of God. God the Father seeks us out, waiting to bring us home.

“Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me.” Revelation 3:20

And when the price of reconciliation between us and Him became too great, He sent Jesus to die on the cross for our sins, so that through His death, we have been made righteous and sanctified once for all.

“For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.” 2 Corinthians 5:21

“But of Him, you are in Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God – and righteousness and sanctification and redemption” 1 Corinthians 1:30

“Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death? We were buried therefore with Him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead, by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life.” Romans 6:3-4 [ESV]

Beloved child of God, we have been made right by Jesus so that now we can stand boldly before the presence of our Heavenly Father. And just in case you are wondering if you did anything to merit this, the apostle Paul tells us,

“For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast.” Ephesians 2:8-9

So no matter how bad you are or how good you are, you did not merit your redemption. Jesus gave it to you.

For “Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” John 14:6

So since we have been made right with God, and can come boldly before His presence, like a child to his father, that also means that we have access to His blessings and favor. For,

“If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will you Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him!” Matthew 7:11

Also, remember that Jesus said,

“I come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.” John 10:10

Jesus came to give us life more abundantly. Not more drearily, not more blandly, MORE ABUNDANTLY. And in what areas? Here they are.

“I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.” John 8:12

Jesus gives us wisdom.

“I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in Him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing.” John 15:5

Jesus gives us tangible growth and success.

“Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst.” John 6:35 [ESV]

Jesus sustains and supplies.

And just in case you think that God only meets our basic needs,

“The Lord will open to you His good treasure, the heavens, to give the rain to your land in its season, and to bless all the work of your hand.” Deuteronomy 28:12

So if God promises only good to us and for us, as He says through the prophet Jeremiah,

“For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.” Jeremiah 29:11

why do bad things happen?

My friend, we live in a fallen world. When Adam sinned, he gave room for sin to enter this world.

“Therefore, just as through one man sin entered the world, and death through sin, and thus death spread to all men, because all sinned – (For until the law sin was in the world, but sin is not imputed where there is no law. Nevertheless, death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over those who had not sinned according to the likeness of the transgression of Adam, who is a type of Him to come.” Romans 5:12-14

And of this, Jesus is fully aware and we can take heart because He has said that when trials come, He will be there with us.

“Behold, I send you out as sheep in the midst of wolves. Therefore be wise as serpents and harmless as doves. But beware of men, for they will deliver you up to councils and scourge you in their synagogues. You will be brought before governors and kings for My sake, as a testimony to them and to the Gentiles.” Matthew 10:16-18

“But when they deliver you up, do not worry about how or what you should speak. For it will be given to you in that hour what you should speak; for it is not you who speak, but the Spirit of the Father who speaks in you.” Matthew 10:19-20

The psalmist David also describes God’s protection in this way.

“I sought the Lord, and He heard me,
And delivered me from all my fears.
They looked to Him and were radiant,
And their faces were not ashamed.
The poor man cried out, and the Lord heard him,
And saved him out of all his troubles.
The angel of the Lord encamps all around those who fear Him,
And delivers them.” Psalm 34:4-7

So with this in mind, we then realize that when bad challenges come, that is when Satan is trying to sift us like wheat. There are two examples in the Bible.

“And the Lord said, “Simon, Simon! Indeed Satan has asked for you, that he may sift you as wheat. But I have prayed for you, that your faith should not fail; and when you have returned to Me, strengthen your brethren.” Luke 22:31-32

“Then the Lord said to Satan, “Have you considered My servant Job, that there is none like him on the earth, a blameless and upright man, one who fears God and shuns evil?” Job 1:8

Yes, we are in a fallen world, and Satan will try his level best to get to us just to spite God. In fact the closer we are to Him, the more Satan is jealous of the love and affection that God our Father showers upon us. But note the pride in God’s voice when He speaks of Simon Peter, the apostle Peter, and Job.

When God allows us to be sifted, He has no doubt in His mind that we will make it through. Not because we are wonderful people, but because He has put in place so many safety nets, Satan cannot win; and this primarily because His only begotten Son, Jesus, has secured our eternal salvation for us.

But at the same time, understand that when God allows for this to happen, it is not as if He gives Satan free reign such that it becomes a free for all. No, in Peter’s case, Jesus prays for His faith. In the case of Job, God sets limits to Satan’s influence.

“And the Lord said to Satan, “Behold, all that he has is in your power; only do not lay a hand on his person.” Job 1:12

“And the Lord said to Satan, “Behold, he is in your hand, but spare his life.” Job 2:4

Beloved child of God, if you feel that you are being sifted as wheat by Satan, know that this happens because we are in a fallen world. But God has faith in your faith; because He is your faith. He protects you and makes His angels encamp around you and He will never allow anything more than what you can bear.

Jesus has, is and always will answer your difficult questions because He is the answer to your difficult questions. Always remember that your Father loves you and is always for you.

“What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?” Romans 8:31

“Who shall bring a charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies. Who is he who condemns? It is Christ who died, and furthermore is also risen, who is even at the right hand of God, who also makes intercession for us.” Romans 8:33-34

“Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 8:37-39

Look to Jesus with your difficult questions and find all your answers in Him.

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