Why Do Bad Things Happen to God’s People?

Why Do Bad Things Happen to God’s People?

1 Peter 1:1-2

James C. Denison

A friend sent me some questions I could not answer. Let’s see how you do:

The first couple to be shown in bed together on prime time television? Fred and Wilma Flintstone.

Coca-Cola was originally what color? Green.

The state with the highest percentage of people who walk to work? Alaska.

The percentage of Africa that is wilderness? 28%. The percentage of America that is wilderness? 38%.

The cost of raising a medium-sized dog to the age of eleven? $6,400.

What do bulletproof vests, fire escapes, windshield wipers, and laser printers all have in common? They were invented by women.

If such trivia represents one end of the relevance spectrum, our question today represents the other. You’ve heard the question, Why do bad things happen to good people? Our question is even tougher: Why do bad things happen to God’s people?

This summer we’ve learned that we are God’s saints, his new creation, the temple of his Holy Spirit. We are branches of his vine, his building, his bride, his body, citizens of his Kingdom, the very people of God. Why, then, are our lives so often so hard?