All of us have probably wondered, “If God loves me . . . then why did this bad thing happen to me?”
But for this question to have any real meaning, we must assume God controls everything — every single detail of life.
To help you get the right perspective, consider this question, “If my mother loves me, then why did this bad thing happen to me?” If you are an adult not living under your mother’s control, you will instantly see the folly of such a question.
We don’t believe our mother controls everything happening in the world. We understand that other people are making decisions.
To determine whether our mother loves us, or not, we mainly consider what she has done for us. We should do the same in evaluating God. Has God done anything which demonstrates He loves you?
JOHN 3:16 ESV 16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.
Would a soldier on the battlefield ever say “If my parents love me why am I being shot at?” No! The soldier realizes it is an enemy trying to kill him. So it is with us. The devil is the one who is shooting at us, trying to kill, steal, and destroy.
Everything good we enjoy in life is because of God. The devil, and people motivated by the devil’s ideas, have messed up a lot of things. But God has never done us evil. God is not to blame!
ACTS 17:25 ESV 25 nor is he served by human hands, as though he needed anything, since he himself gives to all mankind life and breath and everything.
Some teach that God controls every decision made by every person. But anyone who stops to think about what they can do should realize it is not true. To illustrate, right now you could choose to rob someone, or even kill someone. You have the freedom to do that. And if you did, it would not be God’s fault, it would be your fault.
Understanding this, you should be able to see that, just because some bad thing happens in your life, does not offer any real evidence that God does not love you.
Scripture does not teach that God controls every decision people make. But it does teach that God will eventually make everything right. So don’t make the mistake of judging prematurely.
1 JOHN 4:16 ESV 16 So we have come to know and to believe the love that God has for us. God is love, and whoever abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him.