Here’s the reality – we live in a world full of bad days, bad weeks, bad months, and bad years! Our world is broken and unfortunately we see way too many evidences of its brokenness everyday around us.
My guess is for many of us in this room, the bad stuff catches us off guard more often than not. We’re journeying along and all of sudden “it” happens. It has lots of different names: health, finances, people, family, job, car, house, loneliness and the list goes on. And “it” causes pain, fear, worry, stress, anxiety, depression, angst.
Why does it have to be like this? Have U ever wondered that? Why does this all need to be so bad? And for those of us who go to church & try to follow Jesus, why does our lives, sometimes feel worse than people who aren’t?
We are following God & He’s supposed to be this great, big, really good, loving, compassionate guy & yet bad stuff seems to get badder, not “batter” like cake batter, becuz then it’d actually be ok, but badder, b-a-d-d-er.
Why Does Bad Stuff Happen?
Back at the beginning of creation we learn something about the way God was going to choose to relate with his creation, notice Gen 2:16 : “And the Lord God commanded the man, “You are free to eat from any tree in the garden…” (NIV)
One of the first things God says to his creation is, “you are free” – this is revolutionary when you think about it. God is choosing to create free agents who can make decisions, He doesn’t choose to create robots who only do what He says – but a whole creation that can affect other things. This is so key to our understanding. Because if God gives this world freedom that means it can choose do good with that or bad with that freedom. And it’s not just people.
And what’s even more insightful is after this decision to give creation some freedom to cause things then we have theologically, this event called the fall where man chooses to pursue life apart from God and sin enters into the world and this sin taints everything in this perfect world that God created.
Gen 3:17-18…“Because you have listened to the voice of your wife and have eaten of the tree of which I commanded you, ‘You shall not eat of it,’cursed is the ground because of you; in pain you shall eat of it all the days of your life thorns and thistles it shall bring forth for you; and you shall eat the plants of the field.
(Which shows us eating vegetables was never God’s original intention).
The point I’m trying to help you see is we live in a broken world that is cursed and therefore bad stuff should not be a surprise.
This does not mean that God doesn’t care or that God doesn’t redeem or use the bad things, we will talk more in the coming posts.