"Life is a marathon, not a dash, and the victory goes to the ones who PACE themselves. God wants us to live a life of balance and joy." — Karen Jensen

When something horrible happens, it’s easy to become confused, especially when you start wondering who or what caused it.

Too many times people (even Christians!) think that God was the cause, or at the very least, He stood by and allowed horrible things to happen.

There is something I have to get straight right now: God is good, and the devil is bad. And that never changes. If you remember nothing else from this blog post, please remember that!

God doesn’t cause trouble or trauma, sickness or death. He isn’t stealing from you, nor did He kill anybody…

He doesn’t stand idly by and allow terrible things to happen. What kind of Father would do that?

Only a cruel, abusive, untrustworthy father would allow or cause something bad to happen to his child. God is none of those things! He’s not schizophrenic either. He doesn’t do good one moment and then do bad the next. He is a good and loving Father.

Know Your Enemy

If not God, then who is at the root of evil on the earth? We have an enemy, and it is Satan. In John 10:10 Jesus calls Satan “the thief,” and He says, “The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.”

This verse clearly states the role of the devil and the role of Jesus—and the two never switch or mingle. The devil steals, kills, and destroys. It’s his job to do so, and he does it well.

If there is any stealing, killing or destroying going on, the devil did it!  If someone stole your loved one, money, or peace of mind, it was the devil, not God.

Jesus came to bring you abundant life. That’s His job. First John 1:5 says, “God is light and in Him is no darkness at all.” He has no capacity for darkness, only light.

James 1:17 adds, “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning.”In other words, only good comes from God. He won’t change from good to bad.

He is not sometimes saving and then sometimes killing. Satan is the ruler of the darkness—the one who is stealing, killing, and destroying on this earth.

That's why the Bible says when you got saved you passed from darkness to light (Acts 26:18; 2 Cor. 4:6). You moved from Satan’s kingdom into God’s kingdom. In the Bible, light is an attribute of God; darkness is an attribute of the enemy.

Don’t Get Cut Off From Your Help!

One of the biggest lies the devil tells people is that God causes bad things to happen. Because the devil knows that if he can get you to blame God, or make you doubt God, then He has cut you off from your help. He has stopped you from trusting the One who loves you and still has a good plan for you.

That stops your faith cold.

Then hopelessness sets in. Don’t listen to the devil's lies! Don’t believe that God has stolen anything from you or caused something bad to happen to you.

Make no mistake about it and don’t ever get confused again. God is good. You may have questions and may not understand why some things happen, but that doesn’t change the nature of your heavenly Father. His intention and attention toward you is always good and only for your good.

Look at what the Bible says:

"Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good; Blessed is the man who trusts in Him!" —Psalm 34:8

"For the Lord is good; His mercy is everlasting, And His truth endures to all generations." —Psalm 100:5

"Praise the Lord, for the Lord is good." —Psalm 135:3

"The Lord is good to all, And His tender mercies are over all His works." —Psalm 145:9

I pray that you would clearly see this truth: God is good, all the time, and He will never change. Don’t run from Him or blame Him, even when you have questions. He is your refuge and strength.

You’re blessed when you trust Him. He is very trustworthy, and His tender mercy toward you is everlasting. He only wants the best for you.

TAKE ACTION: Determine in your heart that God did not cause or even "allow" any of the trouble or trauma you've experienced. Then pray this: "Father, forgive me for blaming you for the devil's work. I know that you are good, and in you there is no darkness at all. Now I ask you, in faith, to turn the situation around.  THANK YOU that you still have a good plan, and you're working all things together for my good (Rom. 8:28), in Jesus' Name!"

This is an excerpt from Karen's book "Why God Why: What To Do When Life Doesn't Make Sense" - read the first part or order your own here: http://www.karenjensen.org/index.php/why-god-why