By Michal Ortner
According to Becky Dvorak, the author of “DARE to Believe” and “Bad Things Happen to Good People,” there are 2 reasons why bad things happen to good people. Everyone has asked the question at one time or another, and now Dvorak is pointing to the words of Jesus for answers.
The “Greater than Magic” author recalls how Jesus said that “In this world, you will have tribulation.” The reference to John 16:33 explains that Jesus has overcome the world, but that there will be tribulations and difficult time nonetheless.
“Tribulation entered into our earth when Adam and Eve decided to rebel against God and His ways. This original sin opened the door to Satan and his evil ways and allowed corruption to enter into our world and into the human body as well,” explains Dvorak.
“Did you notice that in the midst of difficulties Jesus says to be of good cheer? This does not mean that we are to be happy because we are facing hard times, but because of what He does for us at Calvary we can walk in victory despite the hardships,” she added.
Though God did not intend for humans to live in suffering, sin did enter the world. Dvorak gives the second reason for suffering, which is because “Satan comes to steal, kill, and destroy.”
John 10:10 gives a clear testament to the intentions of Satan. God intends to give life and life abundantly, but Satan is countering that initiative.
Dvorak gives an extensive list of things that Satan will wreak havoc on, such as our identity in Christ, our spiritual authority, dominion on the earth, divine favor, safety, finances, daily needs, protection from enemies and more.
“When the Word of God is our standard, we can discern why things are happening in life and who is responsible. If the situation is good and perfect then it comes from the Father up above, see James 1:17,” she explains. “And if a blessing in life is being stolen from us, like the life of a loved one via premature death from sickness, disease, a tragic accident or incident, then we know that Satan is the one responsible for the tragedy.”
It is healing to know that God has our best interest in mind at all times. Dvorak shares 3 John 1:2, which is a prayer that reveals God’s heart through the words of John.
“Beloved, I pray that all may go well with you and that you may be in good health, even as your soul is well.”