Life has bad stuff in it.
Usually, when bad stuff happens, Christians flop out pithy statements, “all things work together for good!” “When God closes one door, it’s only because He is opening another one!” “God is in control, He’s still on the throne, buck up, ol’ chap!”
With each of these statements, and those like them, there is some truth. Whether that truth is being shared in love, or in an effort to vacate the premises as quickly as possible, is up for debate.
In all the stuff I hear Christians say about bad stuff happening, I rarely hear this one, “Well, maybe God is testing your faith to see if it’s real.” Yet there’s more Bible on that point than on, “when God closes one door, He’s opening another one,” yet I hear “door” talk all the time.
When Israel wandered in the wilderness (remember the reason Israel wandered in the wilderness was because of rebellion, not because of God’s plan, or because He found another door to open) they frequently ran out of food and water.
Why was this? Deuteronomy tells us:
“the Lord your God has led you in the wilderness these forty years, that He might humble you, testing you, to know what was in your heart, whether you would keep His commandments or not.He humbled you and let you be hungry.“
The bad stuff that happened to Israel was God “disciplining you just as a man disciplines his son.”
I know we love to talk about grace and how we’re not under law, but remember, all the stuff that happened to Israel were written for an example for us!
Listen up: the bad stuff that happens to you might not just be happy God having happy notions about your desired happy life. It might be His doubts about your faith, your need of discipline, and His desire to see you grow up.