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Bad things can happen to good people

God is good all the time! Yet, there times in our lives when we go through trials and tribulations and as Christians we must endure. Despite what the world or optimistic preachers may say, bad things can happen to good people. In fact, as you read this, I know in my heart that you have gone through times and situations that can not be classified as good. Times of confusion, times of seeking and needing answers, yet the answers seem aloof and hard to find.

These difficult times I believe God allows in our lives for several reasons. The first and foremost is so we can turn to him with faith and hope, knowing he will deliver us from the wiles and snares of the enemy. It is during these time when we are down we can look up to God. These trials give us the opportunity to trust in God, to stand still fear not and watch God. Paul the Apostle tells us in 2 Timothy 3:12 In fact, everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted.

I know it is difficult to thank God for bad trials, yet we are to rejoice and give God thanks for all circumstance. This is His will for us in Christ. James said in chapter 1:2 Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, 3 because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. 4 Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. 5 If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him. 6 But when he asks, he must believe and not doubt, because he who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. That man should not think he will receive anything from the Lord;

If we believe and do not doubt; if we put all of our trust in God, and give him praise for our trials, he will quickly provide answers and give us direction and hope. The first step in this process is Trust God; the second is to obey Him.

1 Thessalonians 5:16

Be joyful always;

17:pray continually;

18:give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus.



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