Often during the experiences of life, people are brought to ponder the question: “Why do bad things happen to good people?”
Laying aside the assumption in this question that there are good people and that they do not deserve to experience tragedy, perhaps a more worthwhile question for Christians to consider is: “Why do bad things happen to God’s people?”
This week, in our study of the 26th chapter of Genesis, we will consider several responses to this question and focus on God’s role in the midst of this.
Gen 26:1 begins: “There was a famine in the land, besides the first famine that was in the days of Abraham. And Isaac went to Abimelech king of the Philistines, in Gerar.” Just a few chapters back God had called Abraham out of Ur of the Chaldees, He promised to give Abraham a land to live in, promised to bless him and use him to bless others, and promised to make his descendants as numerous as the stars, starting with a promised son that Abraham and his wife Sarah had to wait for decades to receive.
Isaac is that promised child. He is next in the lineage of Abraham, has inherited all the promises and blessings made to his father, and one would assume that this would mean he would have life made! Surely, this means that God would be watching over him at every step and that Isaac would be enjoying a life of ease, plenty, and comfort in every situation?
But strangely, that isn’t what happens with Isaac. He and his wife have struggled to have children, when they do it is a difficult experience, and now there is a famine in the land – the Promised land at that! Why?
Interestingly, as Christians, we apply the same line of thinking to our lives. “I’m a Christian, God is supposed to look after me and make my life a blessed experience, right?”
Please join us this Sunday the 21st of August from 6 p.m. to study God’s Word and to worship Him as we consider this passage and what we can find out on this great question!