Today’s Reading | 2 Corinthians 1
Why Bad Things?
Why do bad things happen to God’s people? If you have ever asked that question, you will find some of the answers in today’s reading. In this section of Scripture, Paul gives us two reasons why bad things happen to God’s people. The first reason is found in verse four. Bad things happen to God’s people so that they will be able to more effectively reach out and comfort those who are going through a similar difficulty. We are able to give them hope by sharing with them how God comforted us in the midst of our trouble. We would have empty words if only the unsaved experienced trouble and God’s people never did. A second reason that bad things happen to God’s people is so they will learn to rely on God, not themselves. The greater the trial, the greater the need to depend on God. When things are going well, we often forget about God and try to handle everything on our own. In difficult times, remember that God has a purpose. Seek to allow His purpose to be accomplished in your life. What purpose could there be for your present trouble? How should you respond to what God has allowed to come in your life? Is it a problem or an opportunity?
Observation: What do I see?
Interpretation: What does it mean?
Application: How does it apply to me?
Implementation: What do I do?