14 And the Lord raised up an adversary against Solomon, Hadad the Edomite. He was of the royal house in Edom…19 And Hadad found great favor in the sight of Pharaoh, so that he gave him in marriage the sister of his own wife, the sister of Tahpenes the queen.
1 Kings 11:14,19
It makes me so mad when evil people win. It doesn’t seem fair. Rapists go free. Cheaters make millions. The arrogant thrive. The strong lord over the weak.
Why do good people suffer and bad people get blessed?
I work so hard trying to do the right things in life. I try to follow God’s statutes. I read the Word. I pray and fast and meditate on the greatness of the Lord. I help the poor. I weep with the broken. What else do I have to do?
I look around and everywhere I turn good people are suffering. They get cancer and die. They lose their jobs. They go hungry. They get killed in car wrecks. And Jesus got betrayed by one of his closest friends, and then got murdered.
Remember the word that I said to you: ‘A servant is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted me, they will also persecute you. If they kept my word, they will also keep yours.
Ok, so Jesus answers the question of why bad things happen to good people. The Enemy hates us, just like he hates Jesus. He’s running around doing his best to hurt God’s children. And so bad things happen to good people. But God will be in it. God will always work it for good for those who love him and follow him.
And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.
I think every Christian calls on that verse when bad things happen to them. We hope and we pray and we trust that God will use this horrible incident for our good.
But that still doesn’t answer the flip side of the issue. What about the bad people? What about the evil who thrive and succeed? It doesn’t seem fair.
When I look at Solomon, I see a son of David, a man who asked for wisdom and recieved great blessing from the Lord. And I see Solomon fall away from the Lord because of his overconfidence, because of his disobedience. And yet it was Solomon who was credited with saying:
Listen to advice and accept instruction, that you may gain wisdom in the future. Many are the plans in the mind of a man, but it is the purpose of the Lord that will stand.
No matter what our plans are, it is God’s purposes that will stand. And that seems to be the answer to why good things happen to bad people. God’s purposes will stand.
God raised up Hadad the Edomite. God raised him up. God blessed him. God. He did it to discipline Solomon. God raised up adversaries against Solomon as discipline, while still preserving a remnant of David’s line out of love for David.
God’s purposes will prevail.
God took a bad situation (Solomon’s disobedience) and used it to show His faithfulness. God remained faithful to David, who had shown such devotion to Him even through his sinfulness. The kings that followed Solomon grew worse and worse and worse. Their hearts strayed far from God. Yet God used it all to show His faithfulness.
The kings of Israel were a messy bunch. But God uses messy things to show His love and faithfulness. How else can the Light of the World shine in the darkness, except by the mercy and power of a faithful God who blesses the just and the unjust for His purposes to be revealed?
Jesus, help me to see Your divine purpose in all things. When it hurts and I’m frustrated and struggling with pain and defeat, remind me of Your victory. Show me Your faithfulness. Shine Your light through me in this dark world that Your purposes may be revealed in the darkness. Help me love those who I don’t think deserve it because You loved them enough to die for them. Use me as a tool of blessing and service to Your purposes, Lord. Even if it hurts.
“You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ 44 But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, 45 so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven. For he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust. 46 For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? 47 And if you greet only your brothers, what more are you doing than others? Do not even the Gentiles do the same? 48 You therefore must be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.