Things Gone Wrong Can Be Life
Life Can Stink
Scripture Reading: 1 Peter 4:1-2
Key Verse: Matthew 5:45b
He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous.
We have come to our fourth biblical reason that answers the question of why things go wrong for Christ-followers.
This fourth reason does not feel very good to those who want deep answers to all life’s issues. But the answer to some things that go wrong is simply: Life! Life stinks sometimes. This life is not Heaven. Heaven is always good, but not this life. Pray all you want, study the Bible 24/7, and you will still realize that life hurts at times.
Today’s Key Verse is the words of Jesus Himself: Our Father in heaven lets sunlight and rain fall on evil people as well as good people. That does not sit well with many people. They want to believe good people win and bad people lose in this life. Many Christ-followers want to believe that if they do everything just right, then life will be just right, but reality tells us the truth. Yes, God works things out for our final (and certainly eternal) good, but life here has its troubles.
If you “think right when things go wrong”, you realize that things go wrong because this ain’t Heaven! You did not do anything wrong to cause most of your negative circumstances. The devil did not do it and God certainly did not cause it. Sometimes “life just happens.” That can be a joyful event or a painful experience.
Do not try to assign everything a deep purpose. But do cling to God’s promise to step into those circumstances and make it turn out for your good.
Father, I can honestly pray: Come, Lord Jesus. Come soon. I look forward to my eternal home, free from trouble and pain. In Jesus’s Name, amen.