"Why Did God Let This Happen?"

Despite his disappointment, he managed to keep a great attitude. One night at dinner he asked to do the prayer...

By Brock Kidd, Nashville, Tennessee

It is good for me that I have been afflicted. (Psalm 119:71)

“OK, guys,” my 11-year-old son Harrison hugged Corinne and me, “you better get on the road.” His newfound independence at his first summer camp made us smile.

The next evening the phone rang. “Mr. Kidd, this is Betty from Camp Nacome. Harrison slipped off a rock ledge and broke his arm. We’re on our way to the hospital.”

When Corinne and I arrived at the emergency room, Harrison’s first words were, “Dad, do I still get to go back to camp?”

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“I’m sorry, son,” the nurse said sympathetically. “You’ll need to go home with your folks and take it easy.”

Harrison’s long-anticipated week at camp was over. On the way home, a very disappointed boy asked, “Why did God let this happen?”

Corinne, a real trouper in her new parenting role, cleared her throat. “I don’t know, Harrison. But maybe God can use it for good.”

As the days went by, Harrison managed to keep a great attitude. He especially enjoyed sporting the many signatures he had collected on his cast. One night at dinner he asked to do the prayer. “God, thank You for letting me break my arm. I don’t know why You didn’t want me to finish camp, but I’m awfully thankful for all the people who love me on my cast.”

I smiled to Corinne as Harrison said, “Amen.” As we dug into our homemade casserole, I was reminded to look for God’s good in a recent disappointment in my own life.

Father, give us the wisdom to turn every affliction into something good.

This devotional originally appeared in Daily Guideposts 2013.

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If you agree with this story, you are open season for satan's lies and his destruction. Read the below devotional and see God as He is, a good God. Wake up! Surely a good earthly father or mother would not allow their child to suffer a broken arm to accomplish something, so why in the name of good sense would you blame God for such a dastardly deed. Yes, I know, this lie is taught by the most sincere of religious teachers and preachers. Sincere, but sincerely deceived by satan.

God Is A Giver, Not A Taker
Romans 8:32
32He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things?

Some Christians mistakenly believe that God gives and also takes away. At funerals, we sometimes hear the minister say, “The Lord giveth, and the Lord taketh. Blessed be the name of the Lord.”

I remember an occasion when I was looking at a baby who was suffering from cancer. I heard one of his family members comment, “You can’t be sure what God’s will is. He may or may not heal.” What that person meant was that although the Lord had given the parents this baby, He might later take the baby away from them.

Job displayed this very same attitude when he received the news that he had lost his property and children. Thinking that God was the source of his problems and not knowing that it was actually Satan who had come against him, he said, “Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return there. The Lord gave, and the Lord has taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord.” (Job 1:21) Such a statement seems to honor God, but in reality, it reveals an erroneous view of our heavenly Father.

As children of God, we know what the Father’s will is for us. He is a giver, not a taker! Jesus said, “Do not fear, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.” (Luke 12:32) It is the devil who is the thief. He comes to steal, kill and destroy. But Jesus came to give us life more abundant. (John 10:10)

Jesus met every need and healed every sickness brought before Him, and at the cross, He gave His own life. Never once did He take anything away from the people who came to Him. And the Bible says that whoever has seen Jesus has seen the Father. (John 14:9)

Beloved, your heavenly Father wants you to know today that He is the one who gives you all good things. And if He has already given us heaven’s best—Jesus, “how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things”? Joseph Prince

Sorry, ocasey, I disagree.

Jesus said, "In this world you have trouble, , but be brave! I have defeated the world. " Before that he said, "I have told you these things so that you can have peace in me" John 16:33.

A little boy broke his arm. We live in a broken and fallen world. Jesus is with us in this world where bad things sometimes happen, even to his beloved ones. He is with us. We can have peace. This world is not all there is and our hope looks beyond this life, these circumstances. He does not promise "answers to the "Why" questions. " He promises us He will be with us and give us peace. He protects us, loves us cares for us, and sometimes allows bad things to touch us. I trust him, that in his love and care for me whatever he allows to touch me is truly something that can be used to bring glory to the name of Jesus.

This is an excellent story of a young person developing faith in God irregardless of circumstances. Thank you Brock, for sharing.

I NEEDED TO READ THIS STORY... GOD DOES LET THINGS HAPPEN TO US FOR A REASON. WE WILL NOT UNDERSTAND WHY BUT I NEVER QUESTION WHAT HAPPENED. I ALWAYS SAY THAT IT COULD HAVE BEEN WORST. READING STORIES LIKE THIS DOES HELP ONE TO STAY IN A SPIRITUAL MOOD. BE BLESS AND THANK YOU FOR SHARING, AMEN.

Thank You for the wonderful way You touch the lives of so many by sharing God's Master plan through the stories of his people. Thank You for Your Prayer Team for their dedication to believe with us in the Name of Jesus for our request for Healing. May God Bless You Always.

Very needed reminder. Thanks.

Thank you for your wonderful inspiring stories. Whenever I'm down, depressed or worried, "just the right one" seems to pop up. Your magazines, books and website are a God send over and over. Your hard work really does help people. I know--I'm one of them.
Lisa Penley