The Lord is My Shepherd: Bad Things Happen to Good People


In Israel in the summer months, shepherds would lead their sheep away from lower ground, and take them up into the mountains and hilltops. However, this is where there are dangers of deep ravines and mountain lions.

Psalm 23:4, 6
though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; For You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me All the days of my life; And I will dwell in the house of the Lord Forever.

A common question is, "Why do bad things happen to good people." 

Job faced the valley of the shadow of death. He lost so much; family, wealth, health, extreme trial. 

What does devil want in your trial? He's not really after your money, your kids, nor your health. What he wants is your faith. He wants you stop to trusting, loving and serving God. He is out to ruin your walk with God and also he's after the character of God.

What does God want? The same thing the devil wants.

Job was tested in seven ways.

i. Economically-lost everything he possessed.

ii. Domestically-lost children and wife turned against him.

iii. Physically-body stricken with great pain and boils.

iv. Socially-his relatives and closest friends would misjudge and forsake him. Loss of reputation.

v. Mentally-he was very confused, trial beyond his understanding.

vi. Emotionally-He became depressed, lost hope.

vii. Spiritually-God became silent. That’s a great struggle.

A great struggle in dark valley is to feel God has abandoned us; He hasn’t.

Isaiah 41:10
Fear not, for I am with you;
Be not dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you,
Yes, I will help you,
I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.’

The key word in trial is endure.

James 5:11
Indeed we count them blessed who endure. You have heard of the perseverance of Job and seen the end intended by the Lord—that the Lord is very compassionate and merciful.

Psalm 23:4 says "Though I walk through the valley". Says walk through. The Lord never leads us into caves, he leads us into tunnels.
Satan's accusation to God is that Job only loved Him because of all the blessings and for what he could get from God. If he lost all these blessings he would curse God and no longer love and serve Him. 

What was Job’s response?

Job 1:20
Job arose tore his robe shaved his head; and fell to the ground and worshiped.

A key to coming successfully through deep trial is worship.

4 biblical truths to help when God doesn't seem to make sense.

1. God does not always explain Himself

Not easy to accept. Romans 11:33 tells us God's ways are past finding out.

Isaiah 55:8
“For My thoughts are not your thoughts,
Nor are your ways My ways,” says the LORD.

As human beings we lack the capacity to grasp all the ways God works in our lives.

2. Guard against a Christianity that thinks, "what is in this for me."

I will serve God as long as he blesses me, heals me, provides my needs. The problem with this mentality is that as soon as some of these blessings are not there, a person may be tempted to turn away from God.

3. We need to have right biblical expectations.

When a Christian faces a deep valley, they can find it more difficult to handle than a non-believer, who didn't expect God to look after them.

4. Job's attitude.

Job 13:15
Though He slay me, yet will I trust Him. 

The double portion

Twice as much, double portion in 5 areas

Job 42:10
And the LORD restored Job’s losses when he prayed for his friends. Indeed the LORD gave Job twice as much as he had before.

1. Trust in God: We still love and trust Him even though we don't understand.

2. Double portion of grace: We have learned to find Gods grace more than ever before. 

3. Double anointing in prayer: We learn to pray at a new level.

4. Double anointing in worship. 

5. Double portion in our relationship with God.

We come out of our valley with more of God than we had before. Nothing can surpass that greatest of all blessings.

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