The theme is why do bad things happen to good people.
The house-saving team responds to frantic families who have been suffering in their space. Relationship strategist, Hina Khan, tackles the emotional damage first, leading the family through a series of challenges and therapy models designed to address fractured relationships. Meanwhile, contractor Scott Puddicombe and his crew of professional craftsmen break down the walls tearing this family apart, finding innovative and specialized solutions.
1) Bad things happen to God’s people. (Job 1:1, 13-19; 2:7-8; 7:3-6)
Some of us are going through, or have gone through this bad things. It could be disillusionment because of sexual abuse, pain engulfed that your child has died or your spouse has betrayed you or your beloved has gone to be with Jesus. It might be your crop has failed, you have been victimized and you think “what have I done to deserve this?”
-Daryl and Clarita Gustafson were infertile for many years. They prayed constantly for God to grant them the privilege of bringing a child into the world, but the heavens wer silent. The ticking of Clarita’s biological clock was deafening as the months slid into history. Then one day it happened. Unexpectedly, Clarita discovered she was gloriously pregnant. God had spoken at last. A healthy boy was born and he was named Aaron, after Moses’ brother. The child was their pride and joy. When Aaron was three years old, however, he was diagnosed as having a very virulent form of cancer. What followed was 10 months of painful chemotherapy and radiation treatment. Despite all efforts to arrest the disease, Aaron’s little body continued to deteriorate. His mother and father kept their hope up, praying for a miracle. Despite the many prayers and the countless tears, Aaron went to be with the Lord in 1992 at four years of age. Thus, the miracle child, whom Daryl and Clarita called “God’s little angel and our little pumpkin,” was taken from them.
In fact, I believer will go through some time in his or her life will experience a time when they seem God is far away. He or she has done everything you know to do, like Job, and still the bad things pour out like rain.
2) Sometimes God seems so far away (Job 23:2-9)
Moreover, along with these bad things we often do not know why they are happening. I think this is the case with Job. It didn’t make sense. He had been taught all his life that God blesses the righteous and curses the wicked. Therefore, Job’s friends came over and told him you must have blown it. God doesn’t allow bad things to happen to good people. Many of you know just what I am talking about. Bad things have happened and we don’t know why. Hebrews 11:35-39. Note the last verse, these saints lived in anticipation of a promise that had yet been fulfilled by the time of their death.
In our darkest hour we sometimes cannot see God (Job 23:2-9). Are we to assume that this inability to find and communicate with God in certain times of personal crisis is unique to Job? No, I believe it occurs in many other cases, perhaps in the majority of us at some point in life. See Psalm 13:1 “How long, O Lord? Will you hide your face from me.”
-Tonya and I were talking to someone who has connections with special forces. He was captured in Africa, held in their prison and tortured and sexually assaulted for years. After years in this prison with night and day torture from the guards, he was finally rescued. He is dying of aids from the sexual assaults in the prison. His question, “I cried and cried to God and He didn’t answer. If God is real, why didn’t He answer me.”
Why? We discover (and Satan discovers) the loyalty we have to God through the crucible of fire. After all, without faith it is impossible to please God (Heb 11:6)
3) Remember our Sovereign Redeemer Lives (Job 38:1-11; 42:5-6). Focus upon Him.
4) Remember to Trust Him (Job 13:15; 42:12-16)
Read page 32 of Dobson’s book When God Doesn’t Make Sense
Endure hardships (2 Timothy 2:3-4). Romans 8:18. Keep your eye upon heaven.
Colossians 3:1-4 Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God. 2 Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. 3 For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. 4 When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.
- By Walking in faith
- By crying out to Him (Lord, give me the strength to make it one day at a time)
- By reading His Word
- By surrounding yourself with godly friends
- By serving Him