Why do bad things happen to good people?
Everybody asks it, but I mean why do REALLY bad things happen to those we consider REALLY good people?
I don't mean fakes. I don't mean people who were pretending to be one thing when all along they were really something else.
I mean down-to-earth, real servants of God, who were living the dream, so to speak.
Not the American dream, the one that says you have a house, a yard, a dog and 2.5 kids. No, the ones living the 'ministry' dream...the ones who are on the 'inside', actively serving God every day, able to help those around them, and being given responsibility and service in their local church. The ones we all look up to. The ones we're pointed to as good examples.
Why do bad things happen to them?
First I ask, why do we question it?
Why do we assume that because they're in ministry they won't have anything bad happen to them?
I mean criminally bad.
I mean, why do we assume they're immune to a doctor giving them bad medication and it causing them to have an irreversible disease.
Or a neighbor getting angry at them over something ridiculous and calling government agency after agency until they find something they don't like.
Or a trusted friend betrays.
Or they're in a car accident and lose a husband, a daughter, a son, a wife.
We know sometimes bad things happen to good people. But you know, bad things also also happen to REALLY good people.
I think too often we see something bad happen, something downright inexplicable, and we wonder what was 'really going on' in that house.
We start to think, well, they weren't who we really thought they were. They 'obviously' had some skeletons in their closet.
Maybe God's trying to get their attention.
Maybe they were burned out.
Guess who we just became?
Job's friends weren't really all that friend-like. They assumed, they judged, they condemned, they were self-righteous.
Our pastors, ministers, Sunday school teachers - they aren't immune to disease, to sin, to someone else's bad choices having consequences for them. They aren't immune to any of that.
Don't judge them hastily when something happens. You don't know what brought it on. You don't know the truth behind any of it.
Judge when it's your responsibility to judge, but don't step over that boundary from discretion into condemnation when it isn't your place.
And always and forever, PRAY for them.
Ministers aren't immune, they are actually more prone to the devil's attacks. Things will be thrown at them that you cannot imagine unless you're in the ministry in some way.
Pray for a hedge of protection.
Pray for peace and boldness.
And when something bad happens in their life, pray for them still. Pray they'll be brought through it. Pray for God's further protection. Pray for God to be given the glory. Pray for God's will to be done.