Why Bad Things Happen

One of the most common, and yet most difficult questions that people ask is “why do bad things happen”

I’ll never forget March 3, 2016 when I got the terrible news that my grandpa had passed away tragically in a car accident. He was having some type of medical event when he made the decision to drive himself to the hospital. On the way he lost consciousness and veered off of the highway into the base of a hill. They think he passed instantly, probably even before the impact.

I miss him every day, and frankly I don’t believe I’ve been the same person since he passed away. I spent much of my childhood at my grandparents house and I always wanted to be just like him. He was a Navy Veteran, a champion boxer on ship who never lost a fight

in his older age he was a carpenter and was tough as nails. I remember a time when he was using a jig saw to build my grandma a birdhouse and he nearly cut his thumb off, like broken and all. We did end up going to the hospital, but only after he finished building that bird house for mamaw.

Papaw was invincible, or so we all thought. I can’t stand up here and tell you that I fully understand why what happened, happened. I can’t understand why my grandpa who was so great with kids, didn’t have the chance to meet his triplet great grand kids. Why during some of the hardest years of my life, I didn’t have the papaw that I trusted more than anyone else to talk to.

Bad things happen in life. It might be the loss of a loved one, a disability that keeps you from achieving your goals in life, or a perceived lack of resources that keeps you away from reaching for your dreams.

Tonight in our text we’re looking at a time when Jesus encountered a man who had been born blind.

As he went along, he saw a man blind from birth. 2 His disciples asked him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?” John 9:1-2

Typically we look for answers, or a reason for dealing with hard things in life, so like typical people Jesus’ disciples thought that a problem could be more understandable if they asked Jesus, “why?” so they could assign blame for someone’s suffering.

At this time, and perhaps even today people would’ve thought that since this man had been born blind, this was God’s way of judging the sins of his parents. Or lets say for example this man would’ve lost his sight later in life, people would’ve assumed it was because of some sin in his life. In fact, look at Jobs example, throughout all of the terrible things happening in his life, those who were closest to him accused him of concealing sin in his life.

Jesus responds in a way that only God could, He say’s in verse 3,