The Age-Old Question

Why do bad things happen to good people?

It’s a question we all ask ourselves, especially when the "bad" hits close to home.

Why does a wife lose her husband, a husband his wife, and a mother her son? Why does God seem to turn his back on all the prayers asking for a stay of Death’s hand?

It’s all so excruciatingly unfair.

Especially when there are so many people who seemingly do nothing but evil remain untouched by the darker side of life.

Will my attempt at an answer sound trite at best?

I can’t know the mind of God, why he chooses to grace some with his healing touch here on earth and others he calls home – from our perspective – all too soon.

A few days ago I read Isaiah 57:1-2:

Good people pass away;
         the godly often die before their time.
         But no one seems to care or wonder why.
No one seems to understand
         that God is protecting them from the evil to come.
For those who follow godly paths
         will rest in peace when they die.

Does that really help the family and loved ones left behind? Not really. All we can do is grieve and hope that someday we can breathe without the stab of loss.

All the rest of us can offer is our shoulders, our ears and our tears. None of us leaves this world untouched by losing someone we love sometimes more than life, so none of us ever grieves alone.

Sometimes if that only someone is God himself.

Sure he allows bad things to happen to good people, but that doesn’t mean he doesn’t grieve with us and offer some measure of comfort. The comfort may come in the form of a kind word, a hug, or a simple passage of scripture that promises a day when Death is not even a faded memory.

6 thoughts on “The Age-Old Question

  1. Lovely post, Andra. I’m never sure how we can expect to have the right to make our own choices and then blame God when something bad happens. Do we want free will or do we not? Would having no grief be worth having no control of our own lives? I doubt it.
    I didn’t remember that scripture. It is very comforting.


  2. Dear Andra, why do you use words like “unfair” to describe death? Or think that death is bad? Our time on this plane is precious, but it’s only the blink of an eye in our souls’ progress.
    Death is natural, and the endpoint of life. Surely we will miss those who pass away from us, but we can’t presume to interrupt their souls’ journeys. They have moved on to the next part of their journey, and I think it’s important to let them go in peace and love.
    There is always a plan, my dear, we just can’t always see it from here!


  3. Hi Derri *waves*!
    Actually, my intent was to describe the thought-processes behind losing someone. I in no way think death is unfair. Like you said, it happens to all of us.
    My intent was to describe that even in death, there is hope.


  4. The answer is deceptively simple: free will. An innocent person dies because somebody chooses to drink and drive. Free will is all or nothing–God doesn’t pick and choose who gets to use free will and who doesn’t. Instead, He gives it to all of us, and hurts with us and comforts us when things go bad.


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