“Why do bad things happen?”

I live in Overland Park, Kansas, not far from where a madman, bent on harming people, opened fire and killed three people and wounding more outside of a care facility and a community center yesterday. It was a cowardly act of violence and hatred and a senseless loss of precious life. [CNN article here]

A Google search of the phrase “why do bad things happen” returns over 2,000,000 results. It’s natural when things like this happen to ask that and “if there is a God, why does He let these things happen to good people?” Trouble is that we don’t often have or know the easy answer.

It’s not a new question. Throughout the ages people have asked themselves the same when personal trials, human suffering, and the choices of others have impacted the innocent. Many of the things we must go through require faith, trust and courage.

I believe that there IS one complete, eternal, and true answer. That is that we are God’s children, He has a plan for us, and through his Son Jesus Christ all will be made well. Because of Him, we can find peace in times of suffering and sorrow, and because of Him, all will live again with the promise of eternal life together with our families.

As Christ was suffering in the garden for our sins and transgressions, he prayed to the Father “if thou be willing, remove this cup from me.” (Luke 22:42) His suffering was because of the actions and choices of others. But He understood that in God’s plan, there are times when we must bear the burden of pain and suffering.

For that to be of comfort and answer the question “why do bad things happen,” one must put their faith and trust in something higher than themselves. For those looking for answers, might I suggest this article: Five Scriptures That Will Help You Get through Almost Anything?

As Christians everywhere remember the gift Christ gave us on this Holy Week, we reflect on His sacrifice on Good Friday. However, the day we look forward to the most is Sunday. Easter Sunday. It was on Sunday that He taught us that there is hope, there is a time when suffering and sorrow will be behind us, and that despite what this life brings, there is an eternal plan for our happiness. “Sunday will come.”