Why Good People Go Through Bad Times

We often hear good people ask God why they are going through bad times. 

We look at the righteous priest falsely accused of sexual harassment and we scratch our heads…

We wonder at the honest government official wrongly charged of being corrupt by the very people who are…

We question the case of a deeply devoted wife being maltreated by her philandering husband…

We grit our teeth at the news of innocent children sold to sex slavery by their own parents…

We sigh at the loving and deeply religious couple who never got a chance to have their own baby… 

Really. Why?

I can only surmise.

When good people go through bad times and they emerge still loving God through it all, they become God’s most powerful blessings to the world.

The Gospel today says:

“You are the salt of the earth; but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltness be restored? It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trodden under foot by men.” (Matthew 5:13)

Tell me. 

How can one sympathize with those who are anxious if one has never been? How can one sympathize with those in pain when one has forgotten how to be? How can one sympathize with those who walk away from their faith if one has never been tempted to do the same?

Indeed, we can only regain our “saltiness” if we are immersed once in a while in the “saltiness” of worldly troubles. But we always have a choice…

You can either allow your mountains to make you look smaller or use your mountains to take you a little higher. 

Good people look at their mountains not as obstacles to make them smaller but as platforms to take them higher.

Higher in serving others…
Higher in their relationship with God…
Higher in their journey of faith…

So the next time you are tempted to question God why a good person like you go through bad times, try to re-phrase your question. Maybe the better question is: God, how can I make good use of this bad situation?

For Your glory. For Your honor. For Your purposes.

Have a blessed week my friends!

Blessings,

Bobby Quitain

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