Sometimes Bad Things Just Happen
Posted: Tuesday, April 9
Verse of the Day:
And what about the eighteen people who died when the tower in Siloam fell on them? Were they the worst sinners in Jerusalem? No, and I tell you again that unless you repent, you will perish, too.” (Luke 13:4-5)
You ever have a day that just starts off bad and all you want to do is go back to sleep and start over? Sometimes things just go that way! The alarm doesn’t go off, the water heater breaks, the car doesn’t start, it’s all red lights into work, kids get in trouble at school, you know the drill. It’s not fun, it feels unfair, and I hate when it happens to me. So then why does it?
The simple answer: sometimes bad things just happen. There’s definitely a case for us causing our own demise. We are frustrated that our alarm didn’t go off, but it didn’t go off because we forgot to turn it on. Our project is not going the way we planned, but we also put it off way later than we should have. There’s also truth in that Satan does want to mess with you to veer you off the path towards God. He’s a cunning enemy and will put traps to make you stumble. But the Bible tells us that we are MORE than conquerors and if we resist him, he’ll flee. In other situations, bad things happen because other people are bad. We are full of sin and every action people take creates a reaction for other people. When Luke 13 opens up, Jesus referred to an event where Pilate murdered people for honoring God at the Temple. Those people weren’t murdered because they had been more sinful than the other people who had worshipped or deserved to be killed - they were just in the wrong place at the wrong time where a sinful man enabled a sinful act.
Sometimes bad things happen and the reason can be one of several. Sometimes we create our own mess, sometimes others create a mess for us, and other times bad things just happen. When Jesus was talking to the crowd about this, there’s one truth he kept going back to. Repent and turn to God. We never know when the bad thing is going to take place, but we can know be prepared. Sometimes bad things happen, but God is good and has a rescue plan for us if we’re willing to abide by his terms. They’re loving, simple terms especially on a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day.