Inevitably, when someone goes through a severe trial or disaster happens, the philosophical question arises, ‘Why does bad things happen to good people?”

I’ve learned in life if you ask the wrong question, you will never receive a correct answer. First, the premise of this question is riddled with a Biblical impossibility. One has to assume that there are good people upon the earth that do not deserve to go through a tough time or should escape every disaster known to man.

God’s Word reveals the human condition apart from God’s salvation through Jesus Christ our Lord. We are conceived in sin. From the womb we go astray. Every man does what is right in their own eyes. We are bound by sin, walk in darkness, under the sway of the Evil One, and are hell bound.

Besides this spiritual diagnostic test from Scripture, God’s Word plainly states, “There is none righteous, no, not one; There is none who understands; There is none who seeks after God They have all turned aside; They have together become unprofitable; There is none who does good, no, not on”(Romans 3:11, 12).

Most unbelievers reject this Biblical perspective. They believe man is good, it is just his environment that is messed up. This is why leftist gravitate towards seats of power. They mistakenly believe they can perfect men and establish their secular utopia through their ‘laws” public policies, and bureaucratic red tape. True Christians reject that premise. Man can never be saved by keeping the law. Man is saved by grace through faith in our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

It is this same Jesus that pinpoints the source of man’s woe, “For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies. These are the things which defile a man, but to eat with unwashed hands does not defile a man” (Matthew 15:19). According to Jesus, the problem is within man, not outside of man.

How did Jesus deal with the concept of why bad things happen to good people? In Luke 13, God’s Word reveals His response. “There were present at that season some who told Him about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices. And Jesus answered and said to them, “Do you suppose that these Galileans were worse sinners than all other Galileans, because they suffered such things? I tell you, no; but unless you repent you will all likewise perish. Or those eighteen on whom the tower in Siloam fell and killed them, do you think that they were worse sinners than all other men who dwelt in Jerusalem? I tell you, no; but unless you repent you will all likewise perish” (Luke 13:1-5)

Notice, Jesus rejects the premise. He gives it no credence. He, in essence, is telling these people, “You are asking the wrong question.” It is not why did the tower fall upon these people in this tragic accident or why Pilate murdered people and mingled their blood with his pagan sacrifices.

The true question is why do good things happen to bad people? Why did not that tower fall upon you? Why were you not captured, murdered, and your blood mingled with pagan sacrifices?

Jesus made it clear that those who suffered these things were not worse sinners than us. This is why He calls all of us to repent, lest we all likewise perish.

Please consider well these truths as you wonder why this is happening to our family and Jeremiah. We truly love the Lord and have given our lives to serve and obey Him. No, we have not done so perfectly, but have pursued this course nonetheless.

So, the question is not why this bad thing is happening to Jeremiah or our family. The real question is why this is not happening to the rest of us. Once you realize this, run to the mercy seat of God, repent of your sin, and receive the tender mercies of our Lord and His loving-kindness in Jesus’ name!