Why do good things happen to bad people?
This is one of the most commonly asked questions of Christians any time a tragic event happens. With the media’s coverage of events these days, it seems that you can’t go a day without that question being posed in some form or another. And yet, it isn’t a new question. In fact, it’s one that has plagued man through the ages. The Psalmist lamented this disparity in Psalm 73:3-5: “For I was envious at the foolish, when I saw the prosperity of the wicked. For there are no bands in their death: but their strength is firm. They are not in trouble as other men; neither are they plagued like other men.” While he doesn’t explicitly word the question the way many today do, he bemoans the prosperity of the wicked while “other men” (presumably the righteous/wise) endure trouble.
So how does today’s passage help us answer this question? I see one major key, and three ways in which it can help us as believers live in God’s will today.
At the ultimate end of this question, whether expressed or implied, is God. What people are really asking is, “Why would God let this happen?” And, unsatisfying as the answer may sound, the fact is that God in His infinite wisdom decided to allow it. Look at the life of Job. Job was a righteous man, yet God allowed difficulties to come into his life. Did Job ever get “answers” in the way that we usually want them? No. He was pointed back time and again to God’s wisdom. I heard a preacher once couch it this way: “God’s will is exactly what you would do if you had all the wisdom that God has.” Chapter 9 v1 says “…The righteous, and the wise, and their works, are in the hand of God.” Take heart that God knows your heart, your works, and your trials. He is in control of it all, and in His wisdom, knowing your strengths and weaknesses, He has allowed it.
Maybe you’re reading and thinking, “That doesn’t sound very motivating!” Let’s continue reading to find three ways in which we can enjoy life as God’s gift!
First, (and you probably did this yesterday), enjoy your food! That may seem counterintuitive in today’s dieting society, but food is a gift that God has given. As with this, and each of the other enjoyments we are going to look at, it can be abused and run contrary to God’s intended purpose.
Second, enjoy life in a pure manner. White garments were representative of purity, while “much oil” pointed to festive occasions. It’s ok to have a good time, as long as it’s done in a way that is in accordance with God’s Word and brings Him glory!
Then, in Proverbs 18:22, Solomon (the same author of today’s passage) wrote, “Whosofindeth a wife findeth a goodthing, and obtaineth favour of the LORD.” What a shame it would be to not appreciate and enjoy a treasure that God has given.
In all, we know that God is in control of each day, and each day, we ought to be thankful for the blessings He has given and enjoy them to the fullest!
P.S. You can still thank God for those blessings today. 🙂