God is a good God! He is not vengeful or spiteful. He allows bad things to happen to us, yet He is always there to pick up the pieces when we don't feel like we can't go on.
I spoke with a lady who lost her husband to lung cancer a few years ago. She said her husband never smoked and was never sick. She is mad at God for taking him instead of her because she has all the 'issues' that plague so many of us today...high blood pressure, high cholesterol, etc. She figures that God is punishing her for something.
I tried to explain to her that God is a loving God. I don't think she believes me. She is not a Christian. I told her that perhaps God wants her to quite smoking and He allowed her husband of 37 years to be taken from her for a specific reason. She is certain it is to punish her.
My heart goes out to her and I pray for her because I know she is lost and doesn't have the joy of the Lord. She is struggling with so many 'turns of bad luck' that she can't see any good.
I know that I know that I know - GOD IS IN CONTROL of all that happens. He is my portion no matter how I feel and no matter what happens to me. I am so glad that I have his peace. I cannot imagine going through life like this lady...with no hope or joy!
Thank you, God for you love and mercy and grace.
Walking the walk & talking the talk,