Why Do Bad Things Happen To Good People? by James Merritt

"Why Do Bad Things Happen To Good People?"
By James Merritt
Psalm 73:13-14


1. I want to ask you a question. But I want you to think through very carefully before you answer the question. It may sound like a trick question but it really isn't. The answer is very simple. How many of you were born of a woman; you came into this world by a woman? In other words, you had a mother. Then I have two things to say to you. First of all, you are not long for this world. Secondly, the short time you do have here will be full of trouble. You are headed for trouble and trouble is headed for you. Job 14:1 tells us, "Man who is born of woman is of few days, and full of trouble."

2. When you think about the question "Why do bad things happen to good people?" do not get the impression that bad things only happen to good people. Bad things also happen to bad people. Likewise, when you ask the question, "Why do good things happen to bad people?" don't get the impression that good things only happen to bad people. Because good things also happen to good people. In fact, I believe if you counted up your blessings you would find out they far outnumber your burdens.

3. Don't get the idea that since bad things do happen to good people, and good things do happen to bad people, that there is no need to be good and you may as well be bad. Friend, either way, whether you are good or bad, you are going to have trouble. You cannot avoid it.

4. A man set out on a long journey and he had driven all day and got very tired. So he decided to pull over by the side of the road and take a nap. He found a nice shady place by the side of the highway and pulled over and settled back in the seat to rest. Just as he closed his eyes and fell asleep a jogger came by and knocked on his window. He rolled it down. He said, "Sir, do you have the time?" Bleary-eyed the man looked at his watch and said, "Yes, it is 5:00 o'clock."

5. He settled b ...

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