Do you see God as a taskmaster who slaps you around after every evil thought? Would you like to know the truth about the heart of a loving Heavenly Father? Perspective Number Eight of how we make sense of bad things happening to good people is: God does not offer us a one-for-one punishment of our sins.
Expounding on the compassionate, forgiving, and patient heart of God, David wrote: “He does not treat us as our sins deserve or repay us according to our iniquities” (Psalm 103:10). Whereas, bad things happen to good people as a result of sin, God is not contriving to penalize us, each time we miss the mark. Any consequence as a result of our sin is designed to bring us back to God’s provision and protection. While our choices apart from His design neglect our relationship with Him, He will always restore our intimacy upon our repentant hearts (see Isaiah 59:1-2; Psalm 51:17).
When we surrender our lives to Christ, He blots out our record of sin. David continued: “As far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us” (Psalm 103:12). This absolution flows from God’s deep love for us and His gracious work in Christ. He created us and brought us on to this scene of events for a specific purpose to draw others to His amazing grace. This is not a hypothesis, not a theory, not a philosophy, nor an opinion. Rather, it is the absolute truth from the Author of life.
If something bad has happened to you, do not blame God. Run to Him. Regardless of your sin against The Almighty, He is ready, willing, and able to make you new again. Soften your heart to your Heavenly Father who stands with arms wide open, awaiting your arrival in order to experience His loving embrace.