You’re going through life, and you think that everything is going wonderfully.
It’s blue skies and green lights in all areas of your life.
Things couldn’t get any better for you.
But then suddenly, something unexpected happens and your world is turned upside down.
Maybe it’s the death of a loved one. Maybe your health takes a turn for the worse. Or maybe you end up losing your job.
You ask God to help you out, but your bad situation doesn’t change.
You pray that there’ll be an 180-degree U-turn in your circumstance, but nothing happens.
How come God isn’t answering your prayers?
Does God Care? Are You Sure God Exists?
Whether you’re a believer in God or not, most of us believe or have believed in God at some point in our lives.
When bad things happen to us, it’s easy to think that God doesn’t care about you, or that He isn’t involved in the world today.
It’s easy to think of God sometimes as your uncaring boss at work. You know the kind that sits down in his office with his feet up on his desk, clipping his nails?
He watches all of his employees do the hard work and having difficulties, but he doesn’t lift a finger to help out.
Is this an accurate picture of God?
I don’t think so.
I once made the mistake of thinking this way about God.
Sometimes the reason He doesn’t reverse the bad things that happen in your life is because God has three choices.
These three choices are things that most people never think about when it comes to God.
I explain everything in this video.
After that, continue reading to find out the three reasons why God sometimes allows bad things to happen in your life.
3 Reasons God Allows Bad Things to Happen in Your Life
1. Reason #1 – To Change Your Character
It isn’t when everything is hunky-dory that you end up experiencing a change in your character.
Talk to the most successful people in life and they’ll tell you that they changed for the better when they faced adversity.[Tweet “The ultimate goal for the Christian is to become more like Jesus.”]
God will sometimes use bad situations in our lives to transform our character so that we can be more like His Son.
2. Reason #2 – To Prepare You For Bigger Plans
If you’re a child of God, then God has a plan for your life.
Most of the time, you don’t see the big picture, you only see what’s in front of you.
But the view from above is much different.
God sees your entire life, and He’s preparing you for what’s ahead.
I remember reading the story of Pastor Jon Courson a few years ago.
He pastored a church in Oregon.
Pastor Jon is an incredibly nice guy. He serves God; he volunteers in many areas, and he helps a lot of people every day.
Many years ago, he and his wife were driving on a wintry day. As the curvy road was winding, he was in a head-on car accident with his wife.
He survived the car crash but his wife passed away. She left behind Jon, and three beautiful children.
He could have easily asked why God allowed this to happen to him, especially since he’s someone who serves God full-time.
I’m pretty sure that he had his weak moments. But Pastor Jon continued to serve and worship God.
But the story doesn’t end there.
A few years later, Jon’s daughter was involved in a car accident at exactly the same spot on that curvy road.
Like her mom, Jon’s daughter didn’t survive, and she ended up going to heaven too.
All the time, Pastor Jon says that there was one verse that God kept on bringing to his mind during both tragedies in his life.
There is no doubt that God allowed both tragedies to happen to Pastor Jon for different reasons that we probably don’t know about.
But one thing is for sure. Pastor Jon now knows how to comfort those who have lost loved ones because he has been comforted by God.
God has been able to use him in many ways now that He had gone through these difficult life trials.
I’m not saying that God is the cause of these car accidents that took Pastor Jon’s wife and daughter away.
But I am saying that God permitted these trials to happen for certain reasons.
3. Reason #3 – To Save Your Life
Have you always made the best decisions in your life?
If you’re human, then you’ve probably made some decisions that you’ve regretted.
Some of those decisions can be so devastating, that you can be on the road to destruction.
So God has to get you off your way so you can avoid a major collision on your life-journey.
This was the case with my new Senior Pastor, Pastor Jeff Gill.
Pastor Jeff’s story is that he was a successful businessman who had his own company. He and his wife were well-off financially.
However, even though they were successful on the outside, they had no peace on the inside.
God ended up allowing Pastor Jeff to lose his company and all of his money so that he can get off of the road that he was on.
Pastor Jeff and his wife (Connie) ended up accepting Christ as their Lord and Savior in the process.
It was a hard and difficult journey, but it was worth it in the end.
Just because God doesn’t respond to your prayer the way that you want Him to then it doesn’t mean that He doesn’t care.
Just because God doesn’t bring your trial to an end, then it doesn’t mean that He’s not listening when you pray.
It also certainly does not mean that God doesn’t exist.
As you saw from the video, I made that mistake of thinking that God didn’t exist when bad things happened to my family when I was in high school.
I’ve shared about it before in my personal story of how I came to faith, lost my faith and then came back.
When you’re going through a difficult circumstance, don’t walk away from God.
God loves you, He cares about you, and He’s going to be there for you every step of the way.
You just have to put your trust in Him and endure for a season.
There is a purpose behind the pain.