Why Good Happens to Bad People
Psalm 73 is the account of a struggle going on in the heart of the child of God. He is perplexed by the seeming contradictions of life.
He begins the Psalm quite well. He begins, first of all, by affirming the existence of God. He says in verse 1, "Truly God is." He begins with the fundamental postulate of all rational thinking that there is a God. He affirms the existence of God.
Secondly, he affirms the beneficence of God. He says, "Truly God is good." He begins by saying that there is a God and God is a good God.
One of the greatest lessons you can ever learn in your life is that the God who is, is also the God who is a good God. But as he begins to consider all the things he sees in life, as he looks at life as it is being lived out before him, he comes to a point where his faith is shaken. In fact, he says in verse 2, "But as for me, my feet were almost gone; my steps had well nigh slipped." In other words, he makes some observations which cause his faith to be shaken.
For instance, he is dealing here with two major problems. One of the problems he will deal with in these verses is the question, "Why do bad things happen to good people?"
A number of years ago you may remember that Rabbi Kushner wrote a book by that title. "Why do bad things happen to good people?" It is one of the great issues of life. It is one of the great questions of life.
But then secondly he deals with another question. It is the question, "Why do good things happen to bad people?" He spends a lot of verses dealing with these two questions.
You will notice in these verses that he deals with the matter of the prosperity of the wicked. He says in verse 3, "For I was envious of the foolish, when I saw the prosperity of the wicked. For there are no bands in their death." He looks at the wicked, the ungodly, and their prosperity and he sees that their life is relatively easy. He sees th ...
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