Mark.
Peace.
A symbol of peace #tattoo #peace #mellow #dove #christian

You’re my revival song, you start where I belong, on my knees, when I am weak you’re strong, you meet me here when I am on my knees.

~Tim Timmons

Porque yo sé muy bien los planes que tengo para ustedes —afirma el Señor—, planes de bienestar y no de calamidad, a fin de darles un futuro y una esperanza. //

"For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."

Jeremiah 29:11
Brant Point lighthouse at sunset. Nantucket, MA.
Seriously my favorite place on Earth.
Rain down with your love.
Breathe.

When you ascended into the heavens
You sent Your Spirit for all those who would receive
So here I am with arms wide open
I will wait here for Your fire to fall a fresh on me

Holy Spirit, come and breathe on me
I can’t live life without You inside of me

Not in my own strength, not in my own power
But by Your spirit I will learn to walk in Your ways
Let love surround me
Like rain, wash over me
Breathe Your life into these dry bones
So that I will never be the same

Holy Spirit, come and breathe on me
I can’t live life without You inside of me
Holy Spirit, come and breathe on me
And let Your fire burn brightly for all to see

All the world will see
Yes all the world will see
All the joy You bring to all of those who receive

Rain down with Your love

~Ben Cantelon

Why does God allow bad things to happen to good people?

I was saved on the night of September 11th, 2013.  So I am nowhere near what some may call a “well-seasoned” Christian.  While I still sin in the struggle that is my attempt to be more like Jesus, I can rest peacefully knowing that I am covered by His great love for me no matter how far I may run from Him or disobey Him.  For the past month, my life has overall been much happier than it was previous to that blessed Wednesday in September.  However, throughout all of the happiness I found, I also received my share of hills and mountains.  Just last week, the transmission blew in my car, the next day I got in an argument with two of my friends, my mom had a borderline heart attack, and financially I am not where I should be.  So while none of those setbacks may be “life-changers,” I asked myself why all of these little things kept building up on top of each other into one big problem.  While God promises us a rich and full life as long as we turn our face to Him in everything that we do, he also promises us hardships to test our faith in Him.  Solomon says in Ecclesiastes 3:

"I have seen the burden God has laid on men.  He has made everything beautiful in its time.  He has also set eternity in the hearts of men."

In these verses, God makes it so clear that He WILL make everything in our life beautiful.  When God makes a promise, he never waivers from it.  The trust that I have in God gives me assurance that no matter what trial may come my way, I will always be able to hand over the whole situation to Him, and in His time, He will make it perfect.

With all of that being said, the original question is still in play. “Why does God allow bad things to happen to good people?”  While I know why they happen to me as a follower of Christ, this question and similar variations, seem to be the most commonly asked among non-believers.  If you read John 16:33, it reads:

You will have suffering in this world.”

Notice how God did not say we may have suffering in this lifetime, He says we WILL have suffering.  God originally created this world to be one that was free of all pain and suffering.  It wasn’t until Adam and Eve ate from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil that we became a fallen world.  It was because of that sin that all of the evil exists today.  “Moral evil is the immorality and pain and suffering and tragedy that come because we choose to be selfish, arrogant, uncaring, hateful and abusive.”  Romans 3:23 says:

“For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.”

There is not a perfectly good person on this planet today.  Only one PERFECT person walked the Earth in its history, and that man is Jesus Christ. While we as a society have a tendency to judge whether or not other people are morally “good,” you have to remember which standards we tend to judge from.  The only standards that we should hold ourselves to are the Ten Commandments.  Sadly, everyone has broken at least one of the Ten Commandments once in their life.  Heck, I even sinned today.  NO ONE IS PERFECT.  However, even though we are a fallen world, we still have a hope that we can rest upon, and that is Jesus Christ.  God sent His Son to die on the cross so that by trusting Him to our fullest extent, and walking in His footsteps, we will be saved.  Our ultimate goal should be to be like Christ and praise the Father in all that we do.

To say that you believe in God is one thing, to live it is another.