Why do bad things happen to good people?
When do we ask the why question? We ask a why question, when a child is diagnosed with cancer. We ask a why question as we see the overwhelming suffering that natural disasters bring. We ask why questions because we can bear almost anything IF we just know the meaning of it!
It is not ours to ask why when bad things happen to good people because the whys belong to God. The question we need to ask is “How are we going to respond when bad things happen to good people?”
Do not shove God into the box of “Cause and Effect” by saying “you get what you deserve” as if we had a deal with God.
Job 31:35-37 New International Version (NIV)
35 (“Oh, that I had someone to hear me!
I sign now my defense—let the Almighty answer me;
let my accuser put his indictment in writing.
36 Surely I would wear it on my shoulder,
I would put it on like a crown.
37 I would give him an account of my every step;
I would present it to him as to a ruler.)—
Job 42:1-3 New International Version (NIV)
42 Then Job replied to the Lord:
2 “I know that you can do all things;
no purpose of yours can be thwarted.
3 You asked, ‘Who is this that obscures my plans without knowledge?’
Surely I spoke of things I did not understand,
things too wonderful for me to know.