Secret of Secrets - Why Bad Things Happen to Christians?
"Certain secrets in the Bible were not made known to us until we came into the twofold sanctuary - our spirit as the personal sanctuary and the church as the corporate sanctuary."
This morning, I was struck by this sentence from my morning devotional book. The statement refers to chapter 73 of the Book of Psalms, beginning from verse 16 until the end of the chapter. The psalmist was faced with a dilemma. He began the psalm by saying, "Surely God is good to Israel, to those who are pure in heart." But then it became a "troublesome task" in his sight to understand why the wicked could live so prosperously while he, a genuine God-seeker, suffered.
"When I considered this in order to understand it, it was a troublesome task in my sight, until I went into the sanctuary of God..." (Psalm 73:16-17)
This is not a mere doctrine or theory. I believe most of us have the same question. Why do bad things happen to good people? Or more specifically, why did God strip Job from all his material possessions, including his own family and friends? Why do Christians suffer while others lavishly live their lives? Job acknowledged that although he knew God's purpose was always right, he did not understand what was hidden in God's heart regarding all of his sufferings,
"I know that You can do all things,
And that no purpose of Yours can be thwarted.
Who is this that hides counsel without knowledge?
Therefore I have declared that which I did not understand,
Please read the continuation of this post: Secret of Secrets - Until I Went into the Sanctuary of God.Things too wonderful for me, which I did not know." (Job 42:2-3)