When a tragedy happens, like the recent one at a midnight showing of the latest Batman movie, people start asking questions. How can a 24 year old man walk into a theater, open fire, and brutally kill 12 innocent people and injure 58 more? What led him to do such a horrendous act? Where was God when this happened and why did He allow it?
I have no doubt that this was an atrocious, evil attack that was probably influenced by demonic activity. And our hearts break for the family and friends of the victims. Like the rest of the country, these things are on our mind. We question. We wonder. We seek an answer for the calamity. Yesterday after church we were talking about the shooting. A friend was sharing that when something like this happens, without fail people ask the age old question. “Why do bad things happen to good people?” It was then my 9 year old son replies, “Why do good things happen at all?”
Did you catch that? Why do good things happen at all? He’s right. You see, we ask the wrong question. The question shouldn’t be why does God allow bad things to happen to good people? The truth is that as a whole there are no “good people”. “There is none that doeth good, no, not one,” Romans 3:12. We truly have a misconception that mankind is “good” and deserves God’s blessings. But Jesus clearly set the standard for goodness. “And a certain ruler asked him, saying, Good Master, what shall I do to inherit eternal life? And Jesus said unto him, Why callest thou me good? none is good, save one, that is, God,” Luke 18:18-19.
Not only that, but bad things happen because we live in a sinful, wicked, depraved world. To blame God for the world’s evil condition would be equivalent to blaming a car manufacturer for a wrecked vehicle due to reckless driving. If we will be honest and look deep into the truth of God’s Word we would ask a different question all together. Why does any good thing happen to us at all? And the answer to that question is simply because of God’s great mercy.
“Know therefore that the LORD thy God, he is God, the faithful God, which keepeth covenant and mercy with them that love him and keep his commandments to a thousand generations;” Deuteronomy 7:9.
“For thou, Lord, art good, and ready to forgive; and plenteous in mercy unto all them that call upon thee,” Psalm 86:5.
God is merciful and this is why any good thing happens. Like the Psalmist in Psalm 136, I declare “his mercy endureth for ever.” Can you say the same thing? Has God extended His mercy toward you? He is merciful to those that love Him and keep His commandments. He is merciful and good and ready to forgive those that call upon His name.
“Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need,” Hebrews 4:16.