Several months ago I asked the question in this column, Why does God allow bad things to happen to good people? I sought to provide a little insight in the limited space available. A similar question could also be asked: Why does God allow good things to happen to bad people? Doesn’t it sometimes seem like those who don’t deserve God’s blessing often get it?
Again, we go to the manual — God’s Word — to find the answer. Jesus clearly taught that many of His blessings fall upon all people, regardless of whether they are “good” or “bad.” Matthew 5:45 says, “For he makes the sun rise on the evil and on the good and sends rain on the just and on the unjust.” Everyone on Earth is a recipient of God’s goodness whether they realize it or not; whether they want it or not.
Second, we often only see the good that happens to bad people rather than their entire situation. Rarely are we given the insight to see the totality of one’s life picture — the good and the bad. So our perspective is incomplete at best. Only God sees all.
Third, the blessings bad people receive are limited only to this life. In Luke 16, Jesus told the story of the rich man and Lazarus. The rich man loved money and little else and enjoyed a lavish lifestyle, while Lazarus loved God and lived in suffering while here on Earth. After he died the rich man was told, “Remember that you in your lifetime received your good things” (Luke 16:25). After Lazarus died, he enjoyed the blessing of God’s presence. In eternity, those who love God will enjoy God’s presence and blessings while those who are not followers of Christ will experience eternal separation from God forever.
So when we question why God’s seems to bless bad people, we have to remember that God’s blessings fall on all people. We also have to realize that we can only see things from an earthly perspective and God deals with both the here and now and eternity. And we must always remember that beyond this life, it is the person who has placed his or her faith in Christ alone who will experience eternal life in heaven. The ultimate blessing of living in God’s presence for eternity far outweighs any situation that appears unfair or unjust in this present world. Have you placed your faith in Christ for salvation? That’s the real question each person is responsible to have the right answer for.
Pastor Rob Jones is the senior pastor of Fellowship Community Church in Norwalk. The church was founded under his leadership in 1995.