2 Reasons Why Bad Things Happen to Good People

Do you wonder why bad things happen to good people? Jesus gives us the answer to this question in Scripture.

  1. In this world you will have tribulation, meaning difficult times.

Jesus says in John 16:33, “These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.”

Tribulation entered into our earth when Adam and Eve decided to rebel against God and His ways. This original sin opened the door to satan and his evil ways and allowed corruption to enter into our world and into the human body as well.

Did you notice that in the midst of difficulties Jesus says to be of good cheer? This does not mean that we are to be happy because we are facing hard times, but because of what He does for us at Calvary we can walk in victory despite the hardships.

God did not create people to suffer, but sometimes we do suffer because we live in a fallen world.

So, if it is not God’s plan for people to suffer, then who is responsible?

2. Satan comes to steal, to kill and to destroy.

In John 10:10, Jesus clearly describes satan’s intentions, “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it abundantly.”

God is not responsible for all the evil that is happening around us, satan is. And the devil is bent on our destruction. Jesus calls him a thief, who comes to steal God’s blessings from us.

According to Deuteronomy 28: 1-14, what are God’s blessings that he tries to steal?

  • Our identity in Christ.
  • Our spiritual authority.
  • Our dominion on this earth.
  • Divine favor.
  • The Lord’s good treasure that has been given to us.
  • The blessings of children, good harvest, and an increase in livestock.
  • Our daily needs being met abundantly.
  • Safe travels.
  • The blessing of our work and the fruit of our labor.
  • Our finances.
  • Good weather.
  • Divine protection from our enemies.

In 3 John 1:2, a prayer is recorded that reveals God’s heartfelt intentions for His people. “Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers.”

When the Word of God is our standard we can discern why things are happening in life and who is responsible. If the situation is good and perfect then it comes from the Father up above, see James 1:17. And if a blessing in life is being stolen from us, like the life of a loved one via premature death from sickness, disease, a tragic accident or incident then we know that satan is the one responsible for the tragedy.

Knowing these 2 reasons why bad things happen to good people help us in the healing process.


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BECKY DVORAK, author of DARE to Believe, Greater Than Magic, The Healing Creed, The Prophetic & Healing Power of Your Words, Conquering the Spirit of Death, The Waves of Healing Glory, host of Empowered for Healing and Miracles on ISN channel, and content partner with Spirit Led Woman / Charisma, featured guest on Sid Roth's --It's Supernatural! TV show, and on Today with Marilyn & Sarah TV show, is a prophetess and healing evangelist who conducts healing services, seminars, and conferences globally. After being full-time missionaries since 1994 with her husband David in Guatemala, Central America, Becky now resides in the United States. Becky and David are founders of Healing and Miracles International, Vida Ilimitada, and Life Tender Mercy Children’s Home. They celebrate 40+ years of marriage, have 8 children, 3 biological, 5 adopted, 1 son-in-law, 4 daughters-in-law, and 14 grandchildren.

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  1. brianna says:

    You wrote: “If the situation is good and perfect then it comes from the Father up above, see James 1:17. And if a blessing in life is being stolen from us, like the life of a loved one via premature death from sickness, disease, a tragic accident or incident then we know that satan is the one responsible for the tragedy.”

    I believe that saying all tragedies including sickness and premature death from the devil is giving the devil a lot of credit for things I don’t think he deserves. Take the story of Lazarus in John 11. Jesus loved Lazurus and  Mary and Martha sent for Jesus in verse 3-“The sisters therefore sent unto him, saying, Lord, behold, he whom thou lovest is sick.”  Verse 4 says-“But when Jesus heard it, he said, This sickness is not unto death, but for the glory of God, that the Son of God may be glorified thereby.”
    I believe that God has a plan in all things but I don’t believe that everything that may seem bad to us is the work of the devil. God has His own perfect timing. God knew this was going to happen to Lazurus. And instead of running to Lazurus and healing him immediately verse 6 says “When therefore he heard that he was sick, he abode at that time two days in the place where he was.”  Jesus could have healed him two days earlier when they sent for him but the death of Lazarus was so that God may be glorified.
    And another time the disciples ask Jesus about a blind man in John 9. John9:2 And His disciples asked Him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he would be born blind?” 3Jesus answered, “It was neither that this man sinned, nor his parents; but it was so that the works of God might be displayed in him. ” Again , this bad thing in his life was so that God could be glorified.
    I am not saying the devil doesn’t try to destroy us – he definitely does-  but I also believe that God sometimes allows difficult things and tragedies in our lives so that his glory may be displayed. And if we look at a bad situation or tragedy and automatically say because it’s bad, it’s of the devil- I believe we need be very careful that we are not closing the door for God to be glorified through our life and the situation.

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