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John 9:1-3

As Jesus was walking along, he saw a man who had been blind from birth. 

“Rabbi,” his disciples asked him, “why was this man born blind? Was it because of his own sins or his parents’ sins?” 

“It was not because of his sins or his parents’ sins,” Jesus answered. “This happened so the power of God could be seen in him” 

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Wally_WBSGbioTo start us off, Wally shares how this question kept him from following God for a long time. He shares how he wrestled with it and the powerful conclusion he came to.

One of the biggest questions that holds people back in their faith is, “If God is good, why do bad things happen to good people?”

Truth be told, this very question kept me estranged from God for many years. What is so interesting about this question is, in addition to the question of suffering, it also includes our sense of justice. Why do bad things happen to good people? In our minds we can almost justify or wrap our heads around bad things happening to bad people. However, the reality is, God loves us all the same and does not make any distinction between good or bad people with regard to both blessing and suffering.

Matthew 5:45 says, “For He gives his sunlight to both the evil and the good, and he sends rain on the just and the unjust alike.” So where does that leave us? The question is still out there, and the truth is I don’t have a definitive answer. While I was wrestling with this question I had a pastor tell me, “People suffer so that God can be glorified.” I took a minute to process this and then exclaimed, “Are you kidding me, what kind of narcissist would intentionally cause people to suffer just so He could receive praise?”

Enter 6 more months of me not following God.

In order for me to move forward with my faith, I had to somehow resolve this question in my head. It is a fact: innocent people suffer and perish. Scripture is full of examples of men and women who suffered unjustly and were innocent of any wrongdoing. Remember, the Bible says good and bad things happen to both good and bad people. Maybe we just take more note when bad things happen to good people.

Even the disciples wrestled with this question when Jesus encountered a blind man. The Bible says in John 9:1-3, “As Jesus was walking along, he saw a man who had been blind from birth.

“Rabbi,” his disciples asked him, “why was this man born blind? Was it because of his own sins or his parents’ sins?”

“It was not because of his sins or his parents’ sins,” Jesus answered. “This happened so the power of God could be seen in him”

And there it was, strait from the mouth of Jesus – the concept I had so badly wanted to debunk was staring me in the face.

So here is where I landed on this question that helped me move on. It was one part semantics. For me, saying this bad thing happened to show the power of God is vastly different from saying this bad thing happened so some all powerful, all knowing being could receive some sort of praise. God revealing His character through tragedy doesn’t feel self serving, but rather serves to help people realize there is a God, He cares about their pain, and He is good.

The second part of solving this equation for me came down to my own arrogance – thinking that the God who made everything I could see somehow owed me an answer. I had to accept that I do not know everything He knows and I cannot see the full scope of the picture He sees.

Do I think God causes people to suffer? Absolutely not. Do I think He uses any an all situations to show people who He is so that they might be drawn to Him? I give that a resounding Yes!

My favorite story in the Bible is the story of Lazarus. Mary and Martha are upset with Jesus because they called Jesus to save Lazarus and, since He did not come immediately, Lazarus died.

This is the story that has the shortest, but I think one of the most powerful verses in the Bible. John 11:35, “Jesus wept.”

What makes these two words so powerful is the fact that is shows the concern Jesus had for these women. Jesus knew the plan. He knew He was going to raise Lazarus from the dead, but He also know that Mary and Martha had to go through something they did not want to walk through. See, they believed Jesus could heal Lazarus so when He did not show up in the way they expected, it crushed them. The importance of Jesus crying is that He felt their pain. He hurt for them, and it is important to note that He was with them.

In the end, we are still talking about Lazarus raising from the dead today and the God that did it. Had Jesus just helped a sick friend, the story would not have the same impact.

Bad things happening to us is just the price tag of living in a fallen world. God redeems suffering so that more people will come to know him.

Romans 8:28 says, “And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.” I used to think this meant I would never have any problems, but I think it is referring to the greater good. The good that might be for someone else that comes from our pain.

That is hard to understand because it is so selfless and altruistic. However, Jesus provided to be the ultimate example of this. He suffered untold pain and, even though he was sinless, His sacrifice was part of the plan and good for everyone.

So, this is how I have come to believe that God is good. Outside circumstances tend to determine our view of God. When things are good, we see God as good. When things are bad, we wonder why He is persecuting us.

The truth is, God is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow. What changes are the circumstances of our life, not God. So, logic would dictate, if God is the same and He is good when things are good in my life, then He must also be good when the circumstances that surround my life are bad.

This was the biggest turning point in my faith. Learning to see God as good, even in the bad, changed my life and my relationship with Him. If you are wrestling with this issue, I hope that this World’s Biggest Small Group reading can help give you some clarity. If you have already settled this in your life, share your thoughts, because you might be able to help someone else. That is what the World’s Biggest Small Group is all about.

Notes from the Beyond Suffering Bible

Seeing Is Believing – [In John 9,] Jesus demonstrated his power over sickness and disease. We are familiar with the healing power of Jesus, but this was something special. This was not healing a small cut. Rather, this was giving sight to one who had never seen before. Today, we know that this would involve restoring neural pathways in the brain. In Jesus’ day, such healings were unheard of (9:32). This was an amazing miracle, but it also resulted in spiritual vision—faith.

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Kdizne
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OH BOY!!! Is the World’s Largest Small Group here for a purpose or is it just me being blinded for my love of the country of Haiti??? 🙂 If you havent heard, Haiti is about to be hit by Category 4 Hurricane Matthew. Most of the “homes” in Haiti are not built to with stand heavy winds of any kind. The word from my ex pat friends on the ground in Haiti is that the Haitian people are not taking getting prepared for the storm seriously. There is much worry that this is going to lead to alot of death… Read more »
Mark
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Sent up prayers to God for all the people of Haiti. Prayers for safety and security. God bless you

Joy
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Amen!

Tori
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I was just in Haiti one month ago and because I was in the presence of the people and got to know many of them including the girl I sponsor, the news this week hit me hard. Many people there especially in remote areas do not know of the storm coming. I know that efforts have been made to reach these areas by word of mouth as many do not have access to media. It was no coincidence that I was called there at this time. For God to break my heart for the people. I understand what their housing… Read more »
Joy
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Praying with you!

Joy
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Praying with you!

VLily
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I pray for the people and island of Haiti as well as your friend. That is so scary, yet as the reading say, God is with them. I have faith that He has this situation in His hands.

Jrenee
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Praying for Haiti!!!!

Claudia88
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I just joined the small group today. After this hurricane has devastated Haiti. I also just watched my church online for the first time in a long time. There was a pastor from one of our churches’ partners in Haiti that asked for us to pray for this devastation. Who would have thought that I would be asked to pray for these people in a span of about an hour from two different sources stemming from the Internet when I have been “unplugged” for a while. That shows how God weaves a beautiful tapestry pulling threads from all different directions… Read more »
Maria
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Pray for my daughter she has been dealing with transgender issues wants and feels she is a boy and for about a year and half I am broken and shattered to pieces she also has attended to take her life 3 times Has depression and she got worst with medications and side effects she currently taking Sam e and vitamins but it is not working she is sees a psychologist but not Changed she struggles not wanting to do anything including school please pray for her healing.

Danny
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This is so powerfull

Necole
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This life is all about saving the lost.

If my suffering will become a testimony and speak to the heart of a lost soul I am an instrument God can use to rescue a heart for all eternity.

May we all keep our perspective and remember the bigger picture.

God is good. His plans for us are good. He is in control. You can trust Him. He loves you and needs your help to get the message through to the blinded and lost that there is hope in Him.

Melinda
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If my suffering will become a testimony and speak to the heart of a lost soul I am an instrument God can use to rescue a heart for all eternity.——– Great way to put it!!!!

Melinda
Member

Well said…thank you!

uniquejenique
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Amen and amen. As people we tend to forget that God is above us and so far beyond us. We expect Him to think like us and He doesn’t. This message was very humbling. Thanks, Wally.

Sharmika Brookins
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Amen & Amen 🙏🏽

scheidtbl
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This also has puzzled me for some time. I had breast cancer 6 years ago and struggled with this very question, but as I struggled through the treatments, I came to realize that God had not decided I needed to have this disease but he worked through others during this time and brought me closer to Him. I now count it as a blessing because it drew me closer to God and strengthen my ability to have more empathy towards others whether they are going through the same thing or another crisis.

lgulbran09
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God is so big and so strong, we forget to praise him during the rough days and only praise him when we want or something to happen that we want/needed to happen. When my down days come along, I always ask God why, I hate feeling like this, but a quote always comes to my mind, The Lord will never give us an obstacle that we can not over come. He gives us test to come closer to him. Lord, thank you for the obstacle you put us through in our everyday life, you test our love for you and… Read more »
TriniluvPack
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Amen

BLO
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but the on;y way we can overcome the obsticle is with God

Pam
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Amen!

yparrilla84
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This really hit home within me, when you said if God is good during the good times and he doesn’t change, surely he is good during the bad times. He doesn’t change, our circumstances change. This blew my mind because I’ve been struggling with my circumstances and questioning my faith. This is my first time participating in this group and boy is it such a blessing-I needed this word, thank you!

Jennifer Boyd
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A wonderful answer to prayer indeed!

Catherine Waters
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I have learned that when bad times come, God is faithful. The situations I have faced seemed horrible at the time, but looking back I can see how God helped my faith to grow. He has carried me through situations, not always quickly, but in a way that helped me to see His work in my life. That is a loving God!

I’m glad the World’s Largest Small Group is back.

Blaine
Member

Thanks, Wally and WBSG for helping me think more deeply about this topic. The quote below really spoke to my heart today.

“For me, saying this bad thing happened to show the power of God is vastly different from saying this bad thing happened so some all powerful, all knowing being could receive some sort of praise. God revealing His character through tragedy doesn’t feel self serving, but rather serves to help people realize there is a God, He cares about their pain, and He is good.”

JessC
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He really is a GOOD and just God! While going through some really tough times in my life, I often wondered WHY?!? But I never placed my blame on Him, instead I became closer to him than I have ever been. I really did run to Him when I needed him most and he was there to help me find peace and understanding.

Ann
Member

This was a great way to start my morning. I recently had to walk away from a 10 month relationship and man I love due to his alcoholism. It’s been 10 months of heartache and suffering but I know God has better plans for me. I just need to surrender to Him and stop being my own obstacle.

susieqgray
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Prayers going out to you, I am separated from my husband of eight years due to his alcoholism and addiction issues. It has been a very painful experience, and the chaos I’ve been living in these eight years, unthinkable. Through it all, I trust God, whatever his plan is, I pray to have spiritual eyes to see what the next step is. Lord, do not let us take one step to the left or the right without your guidance! Give us courage and strength as you mend the wounds that the addiction of loved ones has cast on our hearts… Read more »
Melinda
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I am experiencing the same after 29 years of marriage. It is the hardest and most painful thing I have experienced. I pray for both of us and our alcoholic husbands.

Thank you for sharing.

WAY-FM
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We’re praying for you!

Thia
Guest

Timely for me too, as I am going through a divorce after 21 years from an alcoholic. My youngest is struggling and that makes me struggle more. I know God has a plan in this but at times He’s quiet and it’s hard to see or feel His presence.

Debra
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Wally is absolutely correct. We must give things over to God because when we don’t, we make it worse. I fought with God for years and missed some very important “happy times” because I was so angry with Him over the one thing I wouldn’t let go. Until the night I cried, cried, and cried some more and then gave that one thing over to Him, I didn’t have peace. It definitely brought me closer to Him.

tstephens427
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Amen! Funny how He “let’s us” hang onto something. Just that one thing that totally separates us from hearing from Him AND like u said, makes everything worse! Prayers for continued peace and that He will continue to drawer you near!

Michelle
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For me, I have come to my understanding that everything is in God’s time. When I was molested by a pastor in middle school, I questioned God then… Several years later when it affected my relationship with my husband and I went into counseling I still was questioning God about it. Then several years later, little did I know I would have a girl in my Girl Scout troop that would also be molested, although not by a pastor, I was able to talk to her and help her by using my own experience. We have no way of knowing… Read more »
Travis
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I’ve been going thru some tough times, but I continue to tell myself that God is good and that all the trials and tribulations are here to draw me closer to Him. And it has! To God be the Glory.

cdm6566
Member

Travis,

Thank you for sharing your faith. God is good, and you are giving him the Glory as he strengthens you in this tough time – PRAISE our HEAVENLY Father!!. I know that I will not be the only one to lift you up in prayer. God is with you always, Amen.

Jackie Haney
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This was a great read! Something I too have learned over my almost two years of being saved is that the acts of humankind often has a negative affect on one another. With God’s non intervention on free will, alot of the bad things that happen to people are the affect of free will, inflected on ones self or others. God is so good that he can take those situations and turn them into a miracle. We have to learn that we will not always understand everything that happens and it’s purpose in our lives but every situation dealt teaches… Read more »
Bernice E. Smith
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Hi there. Starting reading these last year and it was a blessing to my days! Thank you for the devotions you share at WAYFM .

bobok
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This was so interesting to read your take on this Wally. But I have always looked at things we go through out trials are for specific reasons. They are to be used as ministry down the road to help someone else who is going through the same thing. When I was younger my husband and I wanted children we were married 9 years I discovered I was pregnant, 6 wks into that I lost the baby I was devastated, I became pregnant again and I lost that baby. I finally decided to give up and 1 year to the day… Read more »
Suzanne
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So glad you came to the conclusion you did Wally. Yes we live in a fallen world and God is good all the time and is sovereign. All will be restored to what it originally was someday in the future. Thanks for doing these lessons, they mean a lot to me and I am sure to many, many others.

Tstone
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These last few years have been full of “bad” in the eyes of the world. It began when my mother was diagnosed with cancer. This year in particular has been full of suffering and pain. In January my husband’s aunt passed away. In February, just when my mother was on the uphill swing, she took a fall and subsequently had two heart attacks and passed away. In June a man who was very much like a father to me passed away. Later in June my aunt passed away and in July my mother-in-law passed away one week after we sold… Read more »
Jrenee
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You have been through so much!!
May our Beautiful Father wrap His Loving Arms around you and protect you from the violent storms of life!
💗💗💗

Mikelle
Member

Great way to start the week!

Asher
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Why do some people suffer more than others? I would always ponder that question when I saw people’s lives going so differently. A youth pastor at ,y church helped me realize that God sees a much bigger picture than we do, and suffering, and why some people seem to suffer more than others, is simply the way He will lead us to Him. I’ve discovered through experience that the thing that gets me through tough times is having faith that God will use it for greater good, even when we don’t see His bigger picture. Today’s devotion was a much-needed… Read more »
cdm6566
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Before I join the “World’s Biggest Small Group” I read in Philippians 1:29 – “For it has been granted to you on behalf of Christ not only to believe on Him, but also to suffer for Him,…” (NIV). The commentary says goes along with what Wally is saying about suffering; 1)it takes our eyes off earthly comforts; 2)it weeds out superficial believers; 3)it strengthens the faith of those who endure; 4)it serves as an example to others who may follow us…” (Life Application Study Bible). God does not cause all things, but He does cause good to come out of… Read more »
Alwright2
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Wow, awesome! Definitely put me in perspective and gets me ready to answer my sons questions about his father and our now blended family.

Colleenmk
Member

Thank you CDM. Very enlightening!! I am struggling with the loss of my 24 year old son 6 months ago and hope to gain insight into suffering through this group (my first time with the world’s biggest small group). I wrote down some of your comments to be able to reread them later.

Kelly
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This made me think about my own life. I have a son on the autism spectrum. I have learned a lot from him. In the early years of his diagnosis I was tormented by the diagnosis. My mother even made a comment about why was this happening to me. She said “she is a good person.” “Why did my girls have to suffer so much?” (My sister died at age 32 of brain cancer). As I grow in my walk with God, autism becomes smaller, it is not the huge, overwhelming monster it used to be. It is not good,… Read more »
Patti
Member

Thank you for this! As a trauma nurse and someone who has suffered my own tragedies I can certainly say I have seen beauty made from ashes. It still doesn’t take the pain away but it certainly gives us hope

jackhlong
Member

Awesome truth. If God is the same all the time, then He is good in the good times and in the bad. This question comes up a lot in church ministry and also in regular “marketplace” life. Thanks for sharing. Looking forward to this group.

Mark
Member

Wally, I listen to your program every morning on my way to work. I love the program and I love the testimony you just shared. Keep up the good work my brother in Christ!

Tonyaosburn
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I grew up thinking if I was going through trials and tribulations that I had done something wrong to upset God. I recently read a book ( in a pit with a lion on a snowy day) it made me realize my problems aren’t because I did or didn’t do something but it’s because our God knows what he’s doing. My pain and suffering will end and I will have received a message or learned a lesson that will help others. I lost a child when he was 6 months old… I cried and blamed God…that was 7 years ago…… Read more »
Katrina
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Having this small group begin today has truly been a blessing. I have faced multiple struggles in my life and with my family and through each circumstance God has always been there to carry me. I have learned to praise him through the good times and through the bad times. I know that others are watching me to see how I react in these situations. I want Jesus’ light to shine through me to show that no matter what God is a good God. I am on the verge of losing everything. I barely have any money. My job is… Read more »
Pat 29485
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Great lesson. Thank you. The most Godly person I know, my mom, suffered numerous health issues but her faith grew and grew and she was an amazing example to us all. Our family’s faith and walk with God would not be as strong without her example in her suffering. We serve an Awesome God. Know he is with you in the storm and we serve our time of troubles now on earth so we can receive the blessings of Heaven. Continue to pray for those that won’t turn from sin and will be sentenced to hell because this suffering on… Read more »
Nana2Nine
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Great study. I was able to share something like this with my husband’s co-worker two weeks ago. Their office is in chaos and she was afraid my husband would lose his job. I told her I wasn’t. I truly believe God gave him the job and if he lost it, it would be because God had a different plan. She said she wish she had my faith. I told her it wasn’t my faith, it was the One who my faith was in. We had a long discussion about this. Please join me in prayer for this sweet lady to… Read more »
CharityJones
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Great post Wally! Like you I live my life out loud and don’t hide my flaws sins or short comings. So I know that can sometimes be difficult. I just want to say that I appreciate you and that you share your life so openly. I am often approached on this very question. You explained your heart on the matter very well. Thank you for sharing.

Tammy Ball
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Please send these to my email to follow , thank you

Rebie WAY-FM
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Hey, Tammy! If you are signed up, you’ll get these readings in your e-mail inbox!

If you haven’t signed up, go to this link ( http://group.wayfm.com/daily-reading/welcome-to-the-worlds-biggest-small-group-2/ ) then fill out the form and click “Join the World’s Biggest Small Group!” You’ll be good to go after that!

Greg
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Hey Rebie,

I’m signed up (joined last year) but I didn’t get an email this morning. Checked spam folders and searched all folders just to be sure.

Is there a way to confirm my email address is properly registered?

Thx

Abbie
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I can absolutely relate to what Wally was saying. I spent a lot of years apart from God and I’m just now starting to repair my relationship and examine why I was apart from him but I think at least part of the reason is that I felt like if God loved me he wouldn’t have allowed the bad things in my life to happen. When I was in high school my youth group became a place I never wanted to be because I felt excluded and like an outsider. Because of that experience I have been away from God… Read more »
Kay A
Member

I LOVE your “real relationship” with God! When I can’t see how something could POSSIBLY turn out for good, I’ll shake my finger at Him and say, “When I get there and you show me what this was all for, it had BETTER be GOOD!” :O) And I know it will be.

Jennifer
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Jeremy Camp used this SAME verse (John 9) to help me understand a difficulty that I was having when him and I spoke. He asked me my name and I had to tell him like I do to everyone: “I’m sorry, I have a speech problem and that’s the hardest thing for me to say, so forgive me” and Jeremy said to me: “Wny are you so sad and frustrated when you say that ?” I said: “because I hate EVERYTHING about not being able to talk normal and be like everyone else” He said to me: “NO, you are… Read more »
xianarchangel
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Far to often people lose perspective when they have what they think are sufficient means. Its the continuing juxtaposition of those with little and those with much and the effect that it has on their ability to see.

When we suffer, we tend to see more clearly than those who are comfortable… at least when it comes to a few categories that truly matter.

Kay A
Member

I LOVE your “real relationship” with God! When I can’t see how something could POSSIBLY turn out for good, I’ll shake my finger at Him and say, “When I get there and you show me what this was all for, it had BETTER be GOOD!” :O) And I know it will be.

Scottc
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Wally, i was always taught that im the beginning with adam and eve everything was perfect. No suffering or death. Then they sinned and caused the world God had made to become distorted. The first sin brought evil, suffering, and death into the world and it was never originaly designed to have that aspect thus why they had to leave the garden of eden. Its sin mine yours everyones that continues to affect the world and suffering is a result of that evil. Jesus came to save us from our sin but didn’t remove the remaiming affects. As long as… Read more »
Bonnie
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I too was far from God for most of my adult life because of this very reason. In my teen years there was much legalistic controversy with the pastor of the church I was raised in, causing my parents to change churches-not denominations tho. I just quit going! Then within a little over 2 yrs. a favorite uncle, his yougest son-a favorite cousin, a young nephew and a niece, only 6 yrs. younger and more like a kid sister, all died. I was thrown into a tailspin and blamed God; causing me to run from Him for 35 yrs. After… Read more »
Shawna
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I have been struggling with this very thing lately as I have a special needs daughter and I often wonder why she must deal with troubling issues on a daily basis. On the same hand I feel if I did not get to be her mother, I’m not sure I’d have such a strong relationship with God and rely on Him so heavily at times. Would I love to take all her pain and struggles away-absolutely, but I’m not sure I would want anything else changed because of all the goodness that has come from it. She saved me. God… Read more »
NoahDee2150
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I too struggle with this very thing. I have an adopted daughter that I love with every ounce of my being. EVERY DAY is a battle, a struggle, conversations about good and bad choices and consequences to your actions. Many days I go to bed in tears. BUT, God gave me this child – his plan, not mine. He made me wait and wait for her so there are times when I wonder if he placed her with the right parents. Are we good enough for her? Yes, we are and He will see us through this difficult chapter in… Read more »
kapurcell
Member

Great reminder that God never changes and is ALWAYS faithful!

Carly
Member

I heard a speaker say the other day, “We often look to our circumstances to define God rather than let God define our circumstances.” It’s a slight shift in words that makes all the difference! I pray that we will earnestly look to and trust our All-Powerful, All-Knowing, Faithful, Loving , Friend with our pain and suffering.

Oldenburglj
Member

The extent of God’s Grace is truly mind boggling! It has never hit home for me before today that when good things happen to bad people, that’s God too. That the Lord truly would and does bless all his children equally. I guess I had thought of it as a) the ‘bad’ people got lucky, or b) as an extension of the bad things happening to ‘good’ people. I had seen a furtherance of the injustice, rather than an example of God’s unconditional Love.

Thank you Lord, for your love and for helping me to know more of You.

Laura
Member

Thank you. This really applies to me today. This is a great reminder that God is still here even though I feel alone. It also reminds me that I am not the only person who suffers and to remember that God is in control.

xianarchangel
Member
Some initial thoughts – *not to take away from anything Wally has expressed* There is something powerful in perspective. When the Bible speaks of the just, the innocent, the righteous…. I have to wonder if well meaning people have stretched these terms beyond what they could be applied to today. I think our initial framework of perspective plays a HUGE roll in how we can understand this issue. The overarching Question of “Why do bad things happen to good people” can be misleading. What do we mean by bad things, what do we mean by good people? Are they subjective… Read more »
Mary
Member

I still struggle with what seems like a lack of mercy at times from God. Yet I know God is merciful. I have been through what seems like never ending trials, especially this year. Watching my mom suffer from dementia has been extremely difficult and I often wonder where God is in all this. I just keep asking God to be there with my mom and our family as we walk this road.

Kay A
Member

Mary Wikle, you might be blessed by this article about how Elisabeth Elliot’s family viewed her Alzheimer’s. http://www.desiringgod.org/articles/alzheimer-s-the-brain-and-the-soul My mom passed on a couple years ago after living with Alzheimer’s for 4 years. My heart and prayers go out to you and your family. OOO

Kathy Stewart
Member

This is very enlightening Wally, thank you for sharing your personal story of faith. This reminds me of the words to the song, “King of the World”.

SunflowerGirl
Member

My thanks to a co-worker who told me she was doing the World’s Biggest Small Group. And thank you, Wally.
Jeremiah 29:11

TriniluvPack
Member

This point brought it all home to me, “God revealing His character through tragedy doesn’t feel self serving, but rather serves to help people realize there is a God, He cares about their pain, and He is good.” I honestly never thought to explain it this way. This makes more sense to me than the other explanations I have heard in my life.

Thanks Wally for being obedient and thank you Jesus for giving him this for me.

M.Mouse
Member

I had to come to this conclusion in seeing loved ones die, Knowing I had prayed with everything in me that God would heal them. God did heal them & I know today they are perfect & whole in His sight, and it took them dying for me to see this. I pray this helps those who are going through the same thing. Have a blessed day !!

Dlavens1
Member

Wow, I got it now! Yes, Jesus is “the same yesterday, today and forever” no matter the circumstance!

Kelly
Member

I love the point about Lazarus. That really struck home with me – that even though he knows the plan and the ultimate good to come, he weeps with them. Thank you for sharing!

In His Hands
Member

I have been suffering for a long time, but I have looked at it as punishment. If God is good, if God is good to me and if God is who He says He is, then He does not punish. This helped me see that!

Lysa
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When things do not go as I planned; I realize that it is because it is not His plan. I didn’t always think this way; in the past I use to question Him a lot when something I prayed about didn’t materialize (a job, a situation). But, one time I was patient and prayed for God’s will and something unexpected came along in the job field and I realized, I had not gotten all the jobs I applied for (both my husband and I were layed off at the same time for 18 months) because He was waiting for my… Read more »
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