“Why do bad things happen to good people?” and even more so, “Why do bad things happen to Godly people?”
The short answer? Sin.
We live in a sinful world full of difficult circumstances and trials. These situations cause us to think, “God, where are you?” “Why is this happening to me?” and “God, get me out of this quickly!!”
Jesus reminds us that in this life we will have trouble. How are we to understand what God is doing in the midst of our trials? In 2 Corinthians 1:1-11 the Apostle Paul’s personal testimony speaks to, in the life of the believer, why God allows trials:
1. So we can experience His comfort in our lives. (vs. 3)
God desires to reveal Himself to us. In the midst of a trial God shows up. His presence becomes closer and sweeter than we could ever know any other way. Hebrews 4:15 says we can rest in the fact that Jesus identifies with our sufferings. He lived them, and he understands the comfort we crave.
2. That we might experience His comfort to share with others. (vs. 4)
There are times of difficulty that, in the moment, we might not be able to see our own growth or the awesomeness of God, but we are receiving something valuable for others who will face the same trial in the future. “He comforts us in all our trouble so that we can comfort others.” 2 Corinthians 1:4
3. That we will exclusively rely on His power. (vs. 9)
In the midst of his cry for deliverance, the Lord was teaching Paul that His grace is sufficient. He wants us to know His presence, power and strength. His power is made perfect in our weakness.
We can be encouraged that God is going to use the trial we are facing to pull us closer to him.
C.S. Lewis put it like this, “God whispers in our pleasures, speaks in our conscious, but shouts in our pain. It is his megaphone to rouse a deaf world.”