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You must not love God enough
Linda Buxa
by Linda Buxa
June 14, 2024

A friend was going through a really hard time and told me some of the “encouragement” she received from other Christians. “You didn’t have enough faith.” “If you had been in a closer relationship with God, this wouldn’t have happened.” “You must not be praying hard enough.”

Those comments reminded me of a Bible story involving a man who was born blind. [Jesus’] disciples asked him, ‘Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?’ ‘Neither this man nor his parents sinned,’ said Jesus, ‘but this happened so that the works of God might be displayed in him’” (John 9:1-3).

When we look for reasons why bad things happen to other people, it’s like we are asking the same question as those in Jesus’ inner circle: Who sinned? 

I think we say those things because if we can find a reason why bad things happen, then we can take action to ensure they won’t happen to us. The truth is simply that in a world that is no longer perfect (the way God created it to be), bad things will happen to “good” people. 

This means that bad things will happen to you and me too. 

Instead of asking who sinned and accusing the people around you of not praying or believing enough, we simply sit by them, hug them, and remind them that even if we don’t know what God is doing, we trust that God’s work will be displayed in their lives.