QAWhy does God allow bad things to happen to good people, and the wicked to
When Jesus’ disciples asked why the man He healed was born blind, He replied,
"Neither this man nor his parents sinned, but that the works of God should be
revealed in him" (Jn 9:3). God allows even those He loves to suffer, because
suffering ultimately reveals to us God’s sovereign power. Through suffering, we
come to realize our limitations and learn to turn instead to Him. Thus, God
allows suffering for our own good, so that in the end, "the genuineness of [our]
faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tested by
fire, may be found to praise, honor, and glory at the revelation of Jesus
Christ" (1 Pet 1:7).
We come to doubt in God when we try to fit Him into our view of what is
right. To our eyes, focused on the present and visible, the wicked may seem to
prosper. But we fail to realize the spiritual reality that those who do not have God live in darkness and nakedness, even though they may materially prosper. We also forget that the things of this life are only temporary—that we cannot see
the full consequences of eternity today.