Where’s God When Bad Things Happen? (Part I)

28 Dec


For He looks to the ends of the earth and sees everything under the heavens, Job 28:24.

By this we shall know that we are of the truth and reassure our heart before Him; for whenever our heart condemns us, God is greater than our heart, and He knows everything, 1 John 3:19-20.

And no creature is hidden from His sight, but all are naked and exposed to the eyes of Him to whom we must give account, Hebrews 4:13.

Have you ever asked the question, “Where is God when bad things happen?” If you have ever suffered, watched someone you love suffer, or seen suffering on the news you probably have asked that question.

When bad things happen, God is there. God knows all. God is everywhere. It does not make sense to our minds, but God knows all, sees all, and can be with all. You may ask, “Why doesn’t God prevent all the bad things that happen, if He can foresee them?” I hope to offer some insight from my own walk with God. I hope this blesses you. I hope this post helps unravel some of the question.

Evil exits in the world because of sin. Humans can choose to sin. God gave Adam a command.

The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it. And the Lord God commanded the man, “You are free to eat from any tree in the garden; but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat from it you will certainly die.” Genesis 2:15-17.

God gave Adam the ability to choose to disobey Him. Adam disobeyed the command. We can read about the impact of disobeying God in Genesis 3. Sin, evil, sickness, and death entered the world.

I’ve heard people state God is in control. It is true nothing happens outside His realm of knowledge, and He can do what He pleases. God, however, gave humans the ability to defy Him. We can sin. He does not force us to do life His way.

Since God won’t force us to do what’s right, and sin entered the world through Adam and Eve, we live with the consequences of living in a sinful world. People can choose to reject God, reject His will, perpetrate evil, and hurt themselves or others.The impact of living in a sinful world is sickness, death, suffering, evil, and a host of negative things.

Before you become depressed, let’s look some solutions.


The Father sent His Son to solve the problem of sin. Jesus paid the penalty for sin and gave us access to the Father. Any person who chooses to follow Christ has been given a new life, freedom from being enslaved to sin, and a promise of life with God after death. You can read more about what is given in a relationship with Jesus on my Bible study/devotional blog, Not only does Jesus save us, the Holy Spirit comforts, heals, restores, and helps.


God responds to those who seek Him. Jesus tells us to pray and taught the disciples how to pray.

 “This, then, is how you should pray:

“‘Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
And forgive us our debts,
as we also have forgiven our debtors.
And lead us not into temptation,but deliver us from the evil one.’ Matthew 6:9-13 (NIV)

Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank Him for all He has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7 (NLT).

I believe there are many tragedies that are prevented because someone was praying or someone prayed. I believe we would see far more evil in the world if no one ever prayed (asked God for help).

What if you are following Jesus, praying, and bad things still seem to happen? Welcome to the world not yet perfected by God’s Kingdom. What is God doing when bad things happen? Here is my idea. I believe He’s shouting in the ear of the abuser or person inflicting pain, “Stop…you don’t have to do this.” That person may not listen, they may reject God’s voice, or have no desire for God. God does not delight in suffering, sin, or pain. We will talk more next post about how God turns bad things into blessings.

Father, I pray for every person who reads this post to have a deeper revelation of Your heart. May they know You do not delight in pain, suffering, or bad things happening to people. Heal, restore, and bring hope for restoration. May they feel You near today and every day. In Jesus name, Amen. Love, Erin.



Posted by on December 28, 2012 in Devotions, From the Author, God's Heart


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8 responses to “Where’s God When Bad Things Happen? (Part I)

  1. benabu

    December 29, 2012 at 3:32 pm

    bad things will happen, and we are to know that. Our hope is in Christ and rest when we part this world. As long as we are alive, God promise to be with us. Good post.

    • Erin Lamb

      December 29, 2012 at 3:49 pm

      Thanks for stopping by. God bless you. Our God is always with us.

      • benabu

        December 29, 2012 at 4:14 pm

        Yes He is and I can see His hands at work for his people.

      • benabu

        December 29, 2012 at 5:41 pm

        what do you think of the coming economical change?

      • Erin Lamb

        December 29, 2012 at 6:54 pm

        I think everything the Bible says is true. Not sure how close we are to the end since no person knows the day or hour. I keep praying for God’s Kingdom to come. God told us to be alert, but not to fear anyone or anything. Fear isn’t from God. Many of the articles out there put fear in people’s hearts. Our goal is to keep our eyes on God and keep praying. Bless you.

      • benabu

        December 29, 2012 at 6:57 pm

        That’s my desire for God to show His face to the world. thanks and look fro me more often on your site. feel free to stop by and leave me a note. God bless. Happy new year.

      • Erin Lamb

        December 29, 2012 at 7:14 pm

        I will stop by. Keep those eyes on Jesus. Nothing that is happening in our world was not seen ahead of time by Him. God loves us more than we can imagine. 🙂

      • benabu

        February 25, 2013 at 1:03 pm

        What do you think about this post? I believe we have strayed away from this point.


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