Ecclesiastes 3:1-11 (NASB) says:
“There is an appointed time for everything. And there is a time for every event under heaven—
A time to give birth and a time to die;
A time to plant and a time to uproot what is planted.
A time to kill and a time to heal;
A time to tear down and a time to build up.
A time to weep and a time to laugh;
A time to mourn and a time to dance.
A time to throw stones and a time to gather stones;
A time to embrace and a time to shun embracing.
A time to search and a time to give up as lost;
A time to keep and a time to throw away.
A time to tear apart and a time to sew together;
A time to be silent and a time to speak.
A time to love and a time to hate;
A time for war and a time for peace.
What profit is there to the worker from that in which he toils? I have seen the task which God has given the sons of men with which to occupy themselves. He has made everything appropriate in its time. He has also set eternity in their heart, yet so that man will not find out the work which God has done from the beginning even to the end.”
Pay attention to all the words in the scriptures above, especially the last few sentences, and remember them as you read this article. Clearly the cycle of life happens. We see it before our very eyes. If you own a plant or a pet, you see their cycle of birthing, life, growth, periods of life, and then death. This may even happen with people we love. But why?
Hebrews 9:27 says, “And inasmuch as it is appointed for men to die once and after this comes judgment…” Meaning, all men and women will experience life and death in their lives. Mankind was immortal in the Garden of Eden, but sin entered into mankind when Adam and Eve fell. As a result, sin lifestyle would enter into every person in the history of the world. Animals began to eat each other. Decay became normal. Adam and Eve would no longer life immortal forever in their second estate. Woman began to have birth pains in childbirth (Gen. 3:16) and man had to toil the ground by the sweat of his brow (Gen 3:17). In secular society, the mindset is an evolutionary one, denoting “progressive thinking,” and such. Monkeys becoming humans, and humans being their own god or submitting to none. In God’s creation, humans were made directly from the dust of the ground, creation began perfect, and is moving toward decay. That is why Paul states that in the latter days (now), mankind will fall into deep sins (see 1 Tim. 4).
Genesis 6:3 says, “Then the LORD said, “My Spirit will not contend with humans forever, for they are mortal; their days will be a hundred and twenty years.” This is why humans have an age cap on their lives as 120 years old, rather than hundreds of years old, like many men did early on in Genesis. Adam lived to be 930 years old (Gen. 5:5), Methuselah was 969 years old (Gen. 5:27), the oldest man ever recorded in the Bible.
So men and women should live to be old. If they don’t, and they die young, we cannot understand this. Of course we can’t! It is not the will of God that one of His little ones should perish!
There are bad things that happen to good people. There are good things that happen to good people. There are bad things that happen to bad people, and there are good things that happen to bad people. Why? People like to say, “Well, there is no God because bad things happen to good people!” or that “God is terrible because He allows bad things to happen to good people!”
Jesus himself says in Matthew 5:44-45 (KJV and NASB), “But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you… so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven; for He causes His sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous.”
Our pastor, Randy Morrison once wisely said, “God either orchestrates something to happen or allows it to happen.” It is either one of those two things. If a child dies in a car accident, God obviously did not orchestrate the event, but He allowed it to happen under His sovereignty. God is still sovereign, right? He knows all things, and He definitely IS a God of love! Bad things happen to the innocent because God allows it to happen. This alone is a mystery! There is no way I can look into the eyes of someone dying and tell them, “God wanted this to happen!” But at the same time, looking at the Ecclesiastes scripture, He works out everything in its time. He says that “man will not find out the work which God has done from the beginning even to the end.” God allowed it to happen. We do not have His infinite wisdom and knowledge to understand why this happens, but we will when we are beyond the veil of this life and into the next.
Life is serious, and death is too. This is why it is important to follow Jesus Christ in this life, because there is no other name under heaven by which man may be saved. Philippians 2:10-11 (NKJV) says,
“…that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father…”
Every one who has ever lived will eventually bow to the name of Jesus Christ. The matter of fact is, some people will bow to His name in this life, and some will bow when it is too late. “Those in heaven” are going to be the angels, and saints of God (Christians) who have already gone to be with the Lord. “Those on earth” are those of us currently living. “Those under earth” are people who have died and gone to hell (which is located under the earth in the core). Everyone will bow, but for some, it will be too late. This is why it is important in this life to choose Jesus Christ!
In the Book of Mormon, Alma 34:32-34 says,
“For behold, this life is the time for men to prepare to meet God; yea, behold the day of this life is the day for men to perform their labors. And now, as I said unto you before, as ye have had so many witnesses, therefore, I beseech of you that ye do not procrastinate the day of your repentance until the end; for after this day of life, which is given us to prepare for eternity, behold, if we do not improve our time while in this life, then cometh the night of darkness wherein there can be no labor performed. Ye cannot say, when ye are brought to that awful crisis, that I will repent, that I will return to my God. Nay, ye cannot say this; for that same spirit which doth possess your bodies at the time that ye go out of this life, that same spirit will have power to possess your body in that eternal world.”
*(This is why Mormonism’s practice of baptism for the dead is false, because the Book of Mormon teaches that this life we must prepare to meet God. There is no chance of salvation after death, because as Hebrews 9:27 teaches, it is appointed for man once to live and die, and then the judgment comes. There is no Catholic purgatory or limbo, and there is no Mormon regeneration after death. The Book of Mormon is correct in these verses, but it disagrees with Mormon teachings.)
Even if there was pain in the past, learn from it and grow from it. I do not say this lightly, nor is this easy for me to say. If you knew what I have had to go through with family relations in the past, you would know that I wake up every morning trusting that God does everything for a reason, even when I have been at my lowest!
As far as bad things happening to good people, well, there are no good people! All of us have sinned and are worthy of death! That is what the Bible teaches, and it makes sense! Paul says in Romans 3:10-12, “As it is written: ‘None is righteous, no, not one; no one understands; no one seeks for God. All have turned aside; together they have become worthless; no one does good, not even one.'”
The Bible makes clear that since we all sin.” Paul says in Romans 6:23, “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”
It is a mystery of why disease comes into someone’s life. Then again, we live in a fallen world, and it can happen to anyone. That is why. God is not at fault for disease and death being in the world, man brought it upon ourselves because of our wickedness!
I could never fail to believe that everything does happen for a reason. Everything happening for a reason is not synonymous with God willing that a situation happens, but He allows it to. He allowed Job to go through so many pains and trials in his life. Why? Because God allowed Satan to afflict Job (Job 1). After Job became afflicted and suffered loss, it says in scripture, “In all this Job sinned not, nor charged God foolishly.” (Job 1:22). Meaning, Job didn’t start saying, “Come on, God; why are bad things happening to me? I am charging you with being unfair!”
We must keep in mind that things are going on in the world that we cannot explain. When people get raped or killed, it is not God’s will for that to happen. Duh! We do not understand it, nor can we explain it. However, we must never forget to worship God and never forget to lose sight of who He is, for He is Love!
James 1:2-3 says, “Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness.” Pastor Chris Moody of South Cleveland Church of God said in a sermon, “A trial is something that God wants you to go through. A temptation is something that Satan wants you to fall through.”
Our trials in life make us stronger, and honestly, I would not be as happy and joyful as I am today had it not been for my faith in Jesus Christ and His authority found in His personhood, revealed through the Bible! He sustains me, He keeps me, and He will never let me go! I will never be afraid of what man or disease or the devil could try to do to my body or flesh, for they will not touch my soul and spirit because I will never leave God’s presence!
May this be a consoling scripture for any of you reading this who have dealt with loss or mourning here in this life… Revelation 21:4 says,
“He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.”
In heaven, there will be no more crying, mourning, or pain! God will wipe away all of our tears, and all of our fears! I plead with you, just trust in Jesus Christ in this life, because life is short, and we cannot wait until the eleventh hour to start following Him and to start fellowshipping with other Christians! He is the reason for this season, and He is the reason for our being! Glory be to God! Amen!
-Adam Dommeyer, Latter-Day Sense Ministries