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WHY DO BAD THINGS HAPPEN TO GOD'S PEOPLE?

From "Why Do Bad Things Happen to God's People?"
adapted from The Fire of Delayed Answers by Bob Sorge, copyright (c) 1996.

God's will is to heal. His desire is for good to come to us. But
His ultimate purpose is to bring us closer to Him. The Lord
sometimes uses affliction and infirmity as tools to refine His
servants. He seeks to build character in us.

Not all sickness and infirmity is intended by God to produce
character - much of it accomplishes nothing but destruction. At
times, however, God gives Satan permission to touch us (Job is an
example) and He will not bring an immediate solution because He
intends for Christ to produce something deep in our hearts.

God uses infirmity to:

Correct disobedience. He does not discipline you simply to
punish you for wrong behavior, but rather to restore you to
right behavior. Before I was afflicted I went astray but now
I keep Your word (Ps. 119:67). God's discipline is always for
the good. It is good for me that I have been afflicted that I
may learn Your statutes (Ps. 119:71). When affliction
strikes, it's wise to let your first response be one of
broken repentance. Ask the Holy Spirit to reveal any way in
which your life may be out of order.

Produce greater knowledge of Christ. Affliction naturally
produces desperation. If you allow your desperation to push
you into Christ, you will come to know Him in a profoundly
new and intimate way. Even Jesus sought to be closer to the
Father. And being in agony, He prayed more earnestly (Luke
22:14).

Develop greater spiritual maturity. Calamity can become a
catalyst for accelerated spiritual growth. The vital
ingredient for turning affliction into maturity is
perseverance. We also glory in tribulations, knowing that
tribulation produces perseverance; and perseverance,
character; and character, hope (Rom. 5:3-4).

Remove judgmentalism. God wants you to have empathy and
compassion for those who are suffering. When you suffer you
understand in unfathomable ways with other hurting people in
the world. Mercy triumphs over judgment (James 2:13).

Restores real Christianity. Where there is great persecution
people turn from being merely believers to becoming
disciples. When you suffer financial, physical, or family
distress it can rekindle your zeal for the Lord. Jesus said
to the believers in Laodicea, because you are lukewarm, and
neither cold nor hot, I will vomit you out of My mouth (Rev.
3:16).

Reveal His glory. When the disciples asked Jesus why a
certain man was born blind He responded that the works of God
should be revealed in Him (John 9:3). Then Jesus proceeded to
reveal His glory by healing the man.

Accomplish His plan. Chances are that some of you reading
this are experiencing great affliction. If that's you, take
heart; God will complete the work He is doing in You. Be
confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good
work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ
(Phil. 1:6). His purposes shall be accomplished.

May God Bless you all.
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