God Causes the Sun to Shine on Evil and Good Alike

God Causes the Sun to Shine on Evil and Good Alike

Life’s not fair. The wrong people get sick, get robbed and get killed. Some people see life’s unfairness and decide there’s no God. They see nothing but chaos. Others ask, “What’s fair and what’s unfair?” Does God really cause the sun to shine on evil and good alike?

That you may be children of your Father in heaven: for He makes his sun to rise on evil and on good, and sends rain on the just and unjust.  Matthew 5:45 

Outrage/Indignation Rise When One Gets Hurt By Life

  • Where is God in all of this, we ask? Does He see what’s going on? Does God cause bad things to happen?
  • Does He decide which family shall have a handicapped child, which will be crippled?  Maybe?
  • Who will have a heart attack or be diagnosed with a devastating disease?
  • Is He standing ready to help us cope? We ask, ‘’How could God do this to me?’’ Is it wrong to ask?

When a person is dying of cancer, could there be an underlying cause?

That maybe, despite these terrible diagnoses, God is giving these people the strength for each day? Giving them gratitude for a day of little pain? When people who were not strong become strong, when selfish people become unselfish or heroes, should we not ask where these changes came from? Could it be that God is helping us when we suffer beyond our own strength?

I think many things happen from bad choices, sinful people, our being human and the shape of the world today. A lot of things we bring on ourselves.  But – we can turn to Him for help in overcoming, precisely because God understands it all.

Our greatest challenge as Christians is to somehow continue to believe God and trust Him in the midst of devastation. When you see children separated from mothers, when you see lives torn and hundreds dead, it’s very natural to ask, “Where is God?” We make choices and there are consequences, good – or – bad. Sometimes we even suffer the consequences of others’ choices.

God can be trusted, even when it seems He’s not on our side. It was Martin Luther who said, “When you look around and wonder whether God cares, you must always hurry to the cross and you must see Him there.”

Time is short and eternity is long. Sometimes we reverse that. Everybody is going to die someday. We are to grieve with those who grieve and alleviate their suffering.

FOR THOSE WHO LOVE GOD ALL THINGS WORK TOGETHER FOR GOOD, FOR THOSE

WHO ARE CALLED ACCORDING TO HIS PURPOSE. ROMANS 8:28

Does Suffering Have Meaning?

Hmmm… Often, seemingly bad things that happen to us don’t appear to have any meaning when they happen to us – and – we don’t accept them willingly. But we can give these senseless tragedies some meaning, for the Bible says that God will turn everything over for our good.  He doesn’t cause it, but he will turn it into good. That is why when we look back, we can see more clearly what was going on… or the good that came out of it.

God Causes the Sun to Shine on Evil and Good AlikeWhy??

  • Lack of Bible Knowledge. Many Christians suffer because they’re too busy seeking carnal knowledge instead of the Word of God. The Lord said, My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge…”  Hosea 4:6

  • Disobedience. Once we know the Word of God, we have a responsibility to be obedient to it. Too many of us intend to be obedient, but put it off. Procrastination is disobedience, and it causes us to suffer. James 4:7 gives good advice: Submit yourselves therefore to God…”

  • Purify/Test Your Faith. People seem surprised that they go through times of trial or suffering. Even when faithful, learning and obeying the Word, the trials still come. Sometimes trials simply test and purify our faith. You should be exceedingly glad on this account, though now for a little while you may be distressed by trials and suffer temptations, so that the genuineness of your faith may be tested, your faith which is infinitely more precious than the perishable gold which is tested and purified by fire. This proving of your faith is intended to redound to your praise and glory and honor when Jesus Christ the Messiah, the Anointed One is revealed.“ 1 Peter 1:6-7

  • Brokenness. The word strikes fear in people, but it’s not a bad word. God desires to break our pride, rebellion, selfishness and independence, for us to be totally dependent on Him. Suffering seems to bring us to that point so depending on God is a good position to be in.

  • Build Compassion. Compassion is born out of experiencing similar problems. The Bible says, “we do not have a High Priest Who is unable to understand and sympathize and have a shared feeling with our weaknesses and infirmities and liability to the assaults of temptation, but One Who has been tempted in every respect as we are, yet without sinning. Hebrews 4:15 It’s comforting to know that Jesus understands and has compassion. Trials and God’s deliverance better equips us to minister to others. Pain is never wasted; it brings on compassion to reach other hurting people by saying, “I’ve been there, God brought me through, and He’ll do the same for you.”

  • Encourage Others. The apostle Paul said God allowed him to go through many things as lessons for other people. I want you to know, brothers, that what has happened to me has really served to advance the gospel, so that it has become known throughout the whole imperial guard and to all the rest that my imprisonment is for Christ. And most of the brothers, having become confident in the Lord by my imprisonment, are much more bold to speak the word without fear.” Philippians 1:12-14 In Paul’s imprisonment, his stability and ability to be used of God was evident. To minister to others, we have to face some adversity. If we stand in faith and confidence, God will bring us to victory, to be a great encouragement to others in the process.

  • Because of the Word. We suffer attacks from the enemy because of the Word of God. Mark 4:17 speaks of those who hear the Word and endure it for a while, “then when trouble or persecution arises on account of the Word, they immediately are offended (become displeased, indignant, resentful) and they stumble and fall away.When someone receives the Word of God, Satan delights in coming immediately to try to steal what’s been sown in their heart. He knows the Word will strengthen us and help us live a victorious Christian life. He wants to stop it if he can. It’s imperative to guard the Word in your heart and resist the devil from stealing it from you.

Bad Things Do Happen to “Good” People Bad Things Do Happen to “Good” People 

The question we should be asking is not, “Why did this happen to me? What did I do to deserve this?” That is a pointless question. We do not have those answers. A better question would be, “What am I going to do about it?”

The simple truth is that there is not much use in a fruit tree that doesn’t grow fruit, just like there isn’t much use in a Christian that isn’t living out Christ’s teachings. God made us, the Church, to be people of growth and action. It is his desire that we constantly seek to mature in our faith.

Although it may seem contrary to us, trials and suffering are often what God uses to make us grow more like Christ. That is the beauty of the gospel–it is often contrary to the world’s way of thinking, and yet so much richer and deeper.

“For I consider that the sufferings of this present time (present life) are not worth being compared with the glory that is about to be revealed to us, in us and for us and conferred on us!” Romans 8:18

Many Reference Proverbs 31 For Good ReasonIn Proverbs 31, we see an all-out illustration of the godly wife and mother. She’s this virtuous woman worth far more than rubies. Who can beat that? Her husband trusts in her completely, she does him good all the days of her life. She knits, sews their own clothing, makes tapestry, she is never idle and her hands are always moving. She rises early in the morning and goes to bed late at night. She clothes her children well and they are never cold. She works the fields with her hands growing crop, then brings her stuff to the market to sell, and feeds her household well. She is a strong honorable woman, very generous to the poor and needy. Her husband is a well-respected man where they live and when she opens her mouth, out pours wisdom. Her children look up to her and call her blessed. So does her husband. She is not caught up in outward beauty; her beauty comes from her fear of the Lord.WOW!!!! Quite a standard to live up to, right?Many other proverbs give insight into how a woman of God is to walk, what kind of womanly influence she is to have in her household.

Follow me as we take a look and glean a few takeaways! These are more pieces of advice that address our hearts, tongues, and priorities – some specifically aimed at wives and mothers.

WOMANHOOD SPEAKS LOUDLY

  • Compared to Wisdom, the Lady Folly is rowdy, loud, naive and ignorant. Proverbs 9:13
  • A wise woman builds her house, but a foolish one picks it to splinters with her own hands. Proverbs 14:1
  • The man who finds a wife finds something good, and the favor of the Eternal is indeed his. Proverbs 18:22
  • Much like a gold ring in the snout of a pig, so is a beautiful woman who lacks good judgmentProverbs 11:22
  • Houses and riches may be inherited from parents, but a sensible wife is a gift from the Eternal. Proverbs 19:14
  • You would be better off living in the middle of the desert than with an angry and argumentative wife. Proverbs 21:19
  • A dignified wife brings honor to her husband; a shameful wife is decay eating at his bones. Proverbs 12:4
  • It is better to dwell outside on the corner of your roof than to live inside your house with a badgering wife. Proverbs 21:9
  • The alluring words of a seductive woman are a deep hole; the Eternal is incensed toward those who fall in. Proverbs 22:14
  • Foolish children bring misery to their fathers, and a wife’s bickering is a like constant dripping from a leaky roof. Proverbs 19:13

YOUR WORDS, DO THEY STRESS OR REFRESH?

  • When we speak brashly, folly is upon us seeking attention for ourselves.
  • Words of grace, discernment, and purity are pleasing in the sight of God and man.
  • Be fueled in God’s Word of hope! Stay away from worldly lust, keep your heart pure. 
  • Do you exercise wisdom or folly? Godly ladies build up others, lifting spirits that flourish. 
  • A woman’s behavior reveals her relationship with the Lord, and the value of her character

GOD SHARES ENCOURAGEMENT FOR WIVES OUT THERE

  • We have potential to be a direct blessing from Him, worth far more than any riches.
  • An upright wife brings glory and honor to her husband, she is excellence in her ways.
  • Her prudence—or thoughtfulness over others is a lovely fruit of her faith in the Lord.

A WIFE CAN MAKE OR BREAK HER HOUSEHOLD

Scripture’s Language Is Strong – Due to discontent, a nagging wife is a sorrowful thing in her household. Wow! Once she loses sight of Christ, the dangers of becoming quarrelsome and generating unnecessary friction increase dramatically.  The godly wife is to seek loving God and her husband wholeheartedly, for this leads to peace and prosperity.


MOTHERHOOD

  • 12. My son, keep your father’s commandment, and forsake not your mother’s teaching. Proverbs 6:20
  • 13. A wise son makes a glad father, but a foolish son is a sorrow to his mother. Proverbs 10:1
  • 14. A wise son makes a glad father, but a foolish man despises his mother. Proverbs 15:20
  • 15. The rod and reproof give wisdom, but a child left to himself brings shame to his mother. Proverbs 29:15

Takeaways:

You may be thinking: these are about sons, not women! Yet the son reflects the mother, the one who teaches him.

These proverbs reinforce the powerful reality that our mothering has a long-term impact on the attitude of our children…and that we should be so deeply tied to the nurturing of our children that their disobedience or disrespect is heartbreaking.

The last proverb gives us a solution. It tells us moms that we have to be willing to love our children through discipline, correcting their wrongs with devoted discipleship, for it reaps godliness rather than shame.

While touching aspects of womanhood a little differently than Proverbs 31, these proverbs provide wisdom that remind us to speak sweet words, serve our husbands joyfully, and impact our children for good.