Bad Things Do Happen to us

Saturday, November 14, 2009


I returned and saw under the sun that—The race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, nor bread to the wise, nor riches to men of understanding, nor favor to men of skill; but time and chance happen to them all. Ecclesiastes 9:11

We are often disappointed by circumstances and challenges in life. There are so many events that do not always make sense even with the most rational prospects and probabilities. Life very often happens not according to one’s expectations. Here in Ecclesiastes, Solomon gives instances of disappointments.

We would think that the lightest of foot should, in running, win the prize; and yet the race is not always to the swift. Some accidents may happen that could retard them; or they might feel too secure, therefore becoming careless, letting those who are slower get ahead of them. We would think that in fighting, the most numerous and powerful army should always be victorious.

But the battle is not always to the strong. A host of Philistines was once put to flight by Jonathan and his men (1 Sam. 14). “Five of you shall chase a hundred, and a hundred of you shall put ten thousand to flight; your enemies shall fall by the sword before you” (Lev. 26:8). We would think that men of sense should always be men of substance, and that those who have understanding should have abundance. Yet it does not always prove so. Many talented people who were likely to thrive in the world, have strangely gone backward and come to nothing.

This may be a surprising thought to you but God is not the cause of everything that happens in our lives. There are things that happen in the course of life which are results of us living in a broken down world. Everyone who breathes faces problems. We need to know sometimes that bad things do happen to good people. But in Christ we have the power to overcome every storm of life. “For whatever is born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith. Who is he who overcomes the world, but he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God” (1 John 5:4-5)?

The prophet Habakkuk resolves to rejoice no matter what happens. “Though the fig tree may not blossom, nor fruit be on the vines; though the labor of the olive may fail, and the fields yield no food; though the flock may be cut off from the fold, and there be no herd in the stalls—Yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I will joy in the God of my salvation. The LORD God is my strength; He will make my feet like deer’s feet, and He will make me walk on my high hills”
(Hab. 3:17-19).

When the disappointments are enormous, when the blows are relentless, when all expectations are dashed, that is when we need to say, “I will rejoice in the Lord, I will joy in the God of my salvation!”


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