All my life I have heard these words, “Nothing can happen to us unless it first passes through the Father’s hands.” I think this is a mistaken idea. Man, when he sinned, took things into his own hands and brought himself into bondage to the enemy.
People also ask, “Why do bad things happen to good people? Are we being punished? Are we being tried? Are we experiencing fallout from the sin of others, our own sin, or the sin of all of mankind?”
There were certain things that were set in order in the Garden. Man was created good in the eyes of God, indeed, he was created in the very image of God, holy, knowing good, learning from and walking with the Father God Himself.
But, man chose to reject this perfection and disobey, partaking of the one thing that was forbidden him: the knowledge of evil. The ripple effect of this was astounding.
The tempter, the enemy of our souls, now had corrupted and stolen the prize possession of God, Mankind. Sin became a reality in the life of mankind. And with it came all the diseases, the lies, the tribulations and hardships of man’s life. That precious connection to Father God was now broken. Even nature and the other creatures were affected. The planet earth was affected. And through these affects come all the evils that people want to blame on God.
The natural result of sin is death in whatever form it takes. Yet God, in His mercy, has given us the way to redemption from this curse through His only Begotten Son. Even so, we must endure this flesh until we are privileged to go to our eternal home. And we must live in this fallen world, rife with treachery, sin, murder, lies, diseases, and every other conceivable thing that can attack mankind.
While people like to site God, or satan, as the perpetrator of our troubles, all too often it is our own flesh, our own choices, that bring us to unpleasant and sometimes deadly places in this life.
One of the things that people site as a proof that God is guilty of bringing hardships and trials to His people is the story of Job. Yet Job, though tested, was not tested by God, but by satan. And there were limits placed on him. And, when he had proven himself faithful, the story ends in victory, restoration, and multiplied rewards with his enemy defeated.
The enemy had a right to challenge God because of the fall of man, but he was not given the right to kill the innocent man. Job was a righteous man, called so by God Himself.
We must, through many trials and temptations, enter into the kingdom of God. We didn’t get to this place because God chose it, but because man chose it in the beginning through his disobedience. God, in His ultimate love, brought us restoration through Jesus Christ.
Acts 14:21-22 And when they had preached the gospel to that city, and had taught many, they returned again to Lystra, and to Iconium, and Antioch, 22 Confirming the souls of the disciples, and exhorting them to continue in the faith, and that we must through much tribulation enter into the kingdom of God.
1 Peter 5:6-11 Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time: 7 Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you. 8 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: 9 Whom resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world. 10 But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you. 11 To him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.
I Cor. 10:13 There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the tempatation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.
James 1:13 Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man.
So, when evil comes upon us, we can figure, God is not guilty. This world we live in, our choices, the enemies choices, and nature itself, and even the molecular structures of our bodies can all come against us. But GOD IS NOT GUILTY of evil. He wants to deliver us out of these things, whether it is to take us home to be with Him, or to grant us more time to do His will here on earth.