Why do bad things happen to good people?

You will never understand this until you understand the heart of God.

Start by looking at the Father’s Desire  In Isaiah 62:1, God says, “For the sake of my people I will not hold My peace, and  I will not rest, until her righteousness goes forth as brightness, and her salvation as a lamp that burns.”  God is looking for His people to have a passion for Him, to have a burning heart. When the Pharisees came to see Jesus, they brought their attorney with them and he asked Jesus what was the greatest commandment.  Jesus answered in Matthew 22:37-38, “Jesus said to him, ‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ [38] This is the first and great commandment.’

What is it that God desires?  He desires that His children come to Him with a burning, passionate heart.  God wants us to trust Him…for without faith, it is impossible to please Him (Hebrews 11:6).  God wants us to worship Him…for He seeks those who will worship Him (John 4).  God wants us to love Him.  And God wants us to obey Him.  Some obey God out of duty This is ok, but it is not the highest form of obedience. Some obey God because it is right.  This is ok, but it is not the highest form of obedience as well.  The highest form of obedience is ‘affection based obedience’.  We recognize that God loves us and then we respond by obeying Him out of a loving heart.

The problem lies in the Believer’s Condition.  The greatest event of all time was the cross and resurrection.  The body of Jesus was in the sepulchre.  Mary Magdalene and two other women went to the tomb on Sunday morning. They first noticed the stone rolled away and then a light radiating out of the tomb. They walked in cautiously.  They saw a powerful angel with a wing span the size of a 747 and powerful biceps.  The angel said, “He is not here, He is risen!”  This was the greatest moment of history.  The women ran to the disciples who were probably eating breakfast.  The women ran in…speaking quickly…excitedly.  As they told the story, the disciples kept eating.  “Hey, Thomas pass the jelly.”  “Anyone want more coffee…it’s from Starbucks.”  “Where are the grits!”  They were not interested in what the women were telling them.

Is this what happened?  Maybe.  Look at Luke 24:11,  And their words seemed to them like idle tales, and they did not believe them.  And look at Luke 24:16 But their eyes were restrained, so that they did not know Him.  Notice the condition of the disciples.  They heard it as if it were idle tales; they did not believe; their eyes were restrained; and they did not know.  This seems to be the condition of the church today…it certainly is not a passionate, burning heart for God as He desires.

But there is a solution…the Son’s Solution.  Notice what was said about Jesus in Luke 24:32,  And they said to one another, “Did not our heart burn within us while He talked with us on the road, and while He opened the Scriptures to us?”  The Living Word explained the Written Word to them and their heart did burn.  Why do bad things happen to good people?  When God sees this question, He relates it to His desire, which is a passionate love relationship with us. When we ask this question, we see it as it relates to our comfort.   But the most important thing God wants for us is not our comfort, but a fulfilling purpose in life.  He will release divine activity that produces pain and perplexity in order to bring us to our purpose.   He sends darkness  to the point that we can’t see beyond right now.  This causes us to begin searching, and God begins to open our eyes to the Written Word.

What we do at the point of pain, perplexity, and darkness is crucial.   We can close our spirit to God and resist what He is doing, or we can open our spirit to God and cooperate with Him.  Notice Isaiah 26:16, “Lord, in trouble they have visited You,  they poured out a prayer when Your chastening was upon them.”  When God sees that the pain and perplexity have completed their work and caused us to seek a burning, passionate relationship with Him, He will then send promotion.  This promotion could be to a position, to a location, or to a new level of intimacy with God.

Why does God allow bad things to happen to good people…as preparation for greater service, or a greater harvest, but most importantly, a greater relationship.

In His Presence,

Billy and Sheilah Daws

No More Plan B’s

We resolve to no longer have a Plan B.

It is the Plan B’s of life that get us into trouble.  Plan B was Abraham’s Hagar and Ishmael.  Plan B was Jacob’s scheme to get the birthright.  Plan B was Noah’s daughters’ plan to give their daddy a male heir.  Plan B was Hezekiah’s desire to be secure, so he created an alliance with Egypt.  Plan B was Saul’s frustration with a prophet who was late, so he decided to act like a prophet…this lost him the kingdom.  Plan B was Abraham’s lie about Sarah being his sister and not his wife. Abraham used that Plan B twice…some people just don’t learn.

Plan B’s are born during periods of waiting.  We don’t like to wait.  Therefore, we spend our time inventing a plan so that if God doesn’t come through, we have something to fall back on.

Plan B uses a credit card when you just can’t wait any longer on God to meet your need; you met your need, but you created debt with 14% interest.  Plan B exaggerates an application for employment with more experience or education than you have. (Ask the coach who did this in order to realize his life long dream of being the head football coach at Notre Dame; he got the job, but was fired a week later in total humiliation because he used Plan B and exaggerated his application.)

Plan A is simple.  God invented it.  He has the instructions on how to carry out Plan A.  It is stated in Psalm 37:23, “The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD, and He delights in his way.”  Our response to His Plan A is found in Psalm 31:15, “My times are in Your hand.”  We need to simply wait for His timing.

We will wait…we are stuck with enough Plan B consequences in our lives.  We will wait…it’s  been a year this month since I had a “real” job.  But if we hadn’t had this year, we would not have learned from the Song of Songs that God is ravished by us.   We would not have learned from Esther about “finding favor with the king”.   We would have missed the material on “the dark night of the soul” and the fact that God is in the darkness.  We wouldn’t have begun to see that God delays answers to prayers in order to produce a greater maturity and fruitfulness in us.   Actually… it hasn’t been a bad year…and God has provided for us.  

I think this is what Oswald Chambers meant when he used the phrase ‘recklessly abandoned’.  It simple means we get rid of all of our Plan B’s.

Thank you for your love and support for us during this year.

We love yall,

Billy and Sheilah