“But I have raised you up for this very purpose, that I might show … Suffering is evil, God is not the author of evil. 632 likes. Within Christianity, there is the concept of cause and effect. Verse 4. Next time you hear (or say) the phrase “Everything happens for a reason” stop and examine the fruit. âHow great you are, Sovereign Lord! That’s who He is and that is all He has to bring to those who love Him. Though this is not in the same realm as God's decreed purpose, we can say that certain things occur because other things have happened. There are different non-Christian perspectives in the world. He Cannot give what He does not have. We are obliged to accept life gratefully and preserve it for his honor and the salvation of our souls. I do. Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, this he will also reap. God’s sovereignty is in Co-operation with us, as mankind. However, there is one question that has always nagged me when sharing the truth of God’s sovereignty to others. But to carry it out he also makes use of his creatures’ co-operation… For God grants his creatures not only their existence, but also the dignity of acting on their own, of being causes and principles for each other, and thus of co-operating in the accomplishment of his plan. But isn’t that a big jump to make to say that everything that takes place, both good and evil, happens by God and for His reasons? Copyright Â© A.D. 2018 Catholic Stand | Powered by Astra. If Scripture and the church say that God is good, then it must be true. AMEN! But as Christians, we must trust that God's ways are above our ways (Isaiah 55:9) and that the Lord is directing our steps (Proverbs 16:9). God cannot give evil. But, as far as God ordaining and having a purpose for everything, we must, as Christians, acknowledge that God has a reason for everything that he allows to occur. Things do happen for a reason, but what is the reason and who is the author of everything that happens? So, we could say that one of the reasons things happen is because there are natural consequences of what we do. Post was not sent - check your email addresses! God can sometimes seem to be absent and incapable of stopping evil. Proverbs 16:4-14 God made everything with a place and purpose; even the wicked are included - but for judgment. About 8 years ago, my wife four children, a friend and I were hanging out in our house when a massive storm rolled in and a bolt of lightning exploded outside our window. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. Just when you think you've got everything going for you, life takes a very unexpected turn.Even … 11 God makes everything happen at the right time. 1. Since God has all knowledge, then everything is known by God and must fit within his purpose. He has the power to do all things: "Whatever the LORD pleases, he does, in heaven and on earth, in the seas and all deeps" (Psalm 135:6). Do people pick grapes from thornbushes, or figs from thistles? He, therefore, cannot give evil. He said that possibly God wanted the child to join Him in Heaven early in life rather than remain on earth longer and possibly lose his soul to sin. Because we go through trials and there is very real suffering upon the earth, many believe that suffering is from God. “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” (Romans 8:28) This is my favorite scripture. Â Matthew 7:16-18. The Bible says that God, "...works all things after the counsel of His will," (Eph. God’s sovereignty extends even to the lowliest of creatures: “Not one [sparrow] falls to the ground apart from your Father’s will” (Matthew 10:29, NET). His passion has remained the same since â to love and please God in all that he does. "Bart is one of the most passionate men for God that I know.... His heart is for the Church to live into the fullness of who She's called to be." It was costly, but fortunately, we were all safe. d is good. The NIV has God working in all things. Ecclesiastes 3:1 Context. The recent tornadoes in Oklahoma and North Texas causing great damage and loss of life—God did it. Is that true? CCC 1505Â …On the cross Christ took upon himself the whole weight of evil and took away the “sin of the world,” of which illness is only a consequence. It took me 25 years to get the story down after many people telling me I needed to write it. Â But not everything that happens is by God’s design and plan. Bart, Pingback: FRIDAY MORNING CATHOLICA EDITION | Big Pulpit, Your email address will not be published. God is good. Go I am looking for an inspiration Bible verse that explains how everything happens for a reason and that God has a purpose for everything, etc. God Has A Reason For Everything, Wasilla, Alaska. God causes everything for a reason: the recent earthquakes in Nepal that killed over 6,000 people and left 100,000 homeless—God did it. Relevance. Bart is an instrumental member of the John Paul II Healing Center. But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts, and be ready always to give an answer to every man who asketh you a reason for the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear. It perfectly summarizes my life’s journey up until this point in one sentence. A. I knew God was good because I experienced His goodness (I encountered His love and goodness in a profound way when I was 24 years of age and I experienced His goodness many times since), yet I also experienced hardships that formed beliefs that left me wrestling with God’s goodness. Yes, I am sure it did, but what reason and who initiated this life-threatening lighting strike? Was it? It doesn’t say that everything that happens is good. This means that every event that occurs does so after God's plan. In his encyclical “On Human Suffering” Saint John Paul IIÂ Â reminds us that every suffering is an experience of evil (Paragraph 7). When my brother Dave died of a disease 22 years ago, some may have suggested that “It happened for a reason.” I imagine it did, but the reasons are more complicated than this quick quip may suggest. There is no one like you, and there is no God but you.”2 Samuel 7:22, God knows the beginning from the end. That’s the question today from Ryan in Jacksonville, Florida: “Pastor John, I thank God for using A.W. Following a desperate plea while in an NFL Locker room, over 29 years ago, Bart encountered the Father's love. He is a regular speaker at conferences and retreats, and has a deep passion to see people encounter the Father's love. Whose reason and for what purpose? As you could imagine, it has been very difficult to process such a tragedy and loss. God can't stomach arrogance or pretense; believe me, he'll put those upstarts in their place. He doesn’t have it. MATT SLICK LIVE RADIOCall in with your questions at 877-207-22763-4pm PST; 4-5pm MST; 6-7pm ESTWatch on FacebookPast Shows Radio PodcastRadio Show SurveySubscribe to CARM Radio, CARM wishlistWant to help CARM in a different way? If you’ll read this verse in … As we “fix our eyes of our faith on him who alone is its conqueror” we discover words of truth like these words from Jesus recorded in the book of John: Jesus said, “The Thief comes only to steal, kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life and have it to the full.” John 10:10, “a tree is recognized by its fruit.” Matthew: 12:33. He is good! Construction is good in its time, but sometimes deconstruction is necessary (verse 3). He knows everything about us: “And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered.”Â Matthew: 10:30. Several factors help us know that everything happens for a reason: the law of cause and effect, the doctrine of original sin, and the providence of God. Therefore, since God works all things after the counsel of his will (Ephesians 1:11), then we must conclude that God has a purpose for everything that occurs. “We know that all things work together for good for those who love God, who are called according to his purpose.” Romans 8:28. Was this tragedy in God’s plan? God’s plan can be long term… Some elements of God’s plan can be seen in a single lifetime. 1 To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: 2 A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted; 3 A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; 4 A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance; I will then share seven supporting reasons for taking onboard this principle. Here is what the Catechism says about God’s sovereignty: CCC 306Â “God is the sovereign master of his plan. I believed that everything that happened to me had a reason for it and if God is sovereign then He must be the one causing these traumatic circumstances to happen. Within Christianity, there is the concept of cause and effect. Anonymous. I was in a meeting and the speaker kept saying “God is good. What does the scripture and the Church say on the matter? Your email address will not be published. How great is our God! The revelation of divine love in Christ manifested at the same time the extent of evil and the superabundance of grace. Many have blamed God for the evil that takes place in our world, yet that is a too casual of a conclusion to make. God knows all things and is all-powerful, and it cannot be that God is surprised or that whatever occurs does so outside of the knowledge and control of the Almighty. “Everything Happens for a Reason”. The proper activity at the right time, bringing about God’s purposes, is a beautiful part of God’s overall plan. “No” to those who mean that no matter what happens, God has a reason for either allowing it to happen, or, as some believe, actually making it happen. He shared this with me while processing this tragedy: “…I still don’t really get it and it’s still hard for me but I understand that it’s all in God’s plan and that everything happens for a reason….”. Did God cause our house to be struck by lighting? God does not have evil in Him. This does not say or mean everything that happens to everyone has a reason planned or controlled by God. The floods declaring Seagraves a disaster area—God did it. “I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End.”Â Revelation 22:13. 8 For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life," (Galatians 6:7-8). It's a story about love, tragedy, sacrifice and the will to go on. And since, God takes care of everything then nothing happens by chance. Nothing happens without His willing it. Neither my wife nor I had ever seen a house struck by lightning before or since (we moved from that house soon after). It gave me an opportunity to evangelize among other things and to get to know the God who loves us in a more mature way. Thank you – this essay really buoyed me today. The fruit will tell you who the author of the reason is. There is a big difference between things working together for good and God is the cause of all things. It is probably one of the most misunderstood mysteries of our faith. Therefore, everything that God permits to occur he permits for a reason whether it be good or bad (Acts 4:27-28). Period. “It happened for a reason”, one might conclude. Scripture tells us that we will go through trials (see Romans 5:1-6 and James 1:2-5). Bible Verses About Everything Happens for a Reason "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life." ILLUS: Someone who believed this kind of thinking once said to Dr. J. Vernon McGee, "I have been studying the Bible, and I believe I am absolutely safe in God's hand. God knows all about you, and He has a plan for you. He brought about so much good fruit from this horrible event for myself and those around me. 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