Why does God let bad things happen?

I have no idea.

I’ve gotten that question before — I’ve asked that question many times . “If God is such a loving God, why does he let [insert awful thing] happen to good people?”

I have no answer for that and I never will. God, the Creator of all things, doesn’t need to explain everything to us.

How many times as a kid have you asked why you had to do something and they said “Because I said so.” We didn’t understand why we had to then, but accepted it.

As the heavens are higher than the earth,

so are my ways higher than your ways

and my thoughts than your thoughts. ~ Isaiah 55:9


One of the counselors I had in a hospital told us in a group session that understanding isn’t a requirement for acceptance. I don’t understand why God does the things He does or lets horrible things happen. They just do. Nature is nature. All I have to do is accept that there is evil in the world. It’s there because we have free will.

No matter what happens, I still have to accept that God has a plan. He cares for me. I should keep my focus on Him. Always.

Sometimes it’s hard to remember that. There are days where I wonder why He let that happen to me. Did I do something? Was it my fault? But I can’t change it. I’m not in control.

Today, just take a deep breath, close my eyes, and know that I’m here for a reason.  Maybe one day I’ll even figure out why.

Jesus replied, “You do not realize now what I am doing, but later you will understand.” ~ John 13:7