Who Planned the Bad Things in Our Life?
Romans 8:28-30 And we know that all things WORK TOGETHER for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to [his] purpose.
29 For whom he did foreknow , he also did predestinate [to be] conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.
30 Moreover whom he did predestinate , them he also called : and whom he called , them he also justified : and whom he justified , them he also glorified.
A basic clear reading of these scriptures for what they say and not for what they do not say will bring a better understanding to our life. Clearly there are many things that happen to every individual in their lifetime. There are many seasons that we all go through. But the bible makes clear that ALL good and perfect gifts come down from the Father of Lights and that the DEVIL (thief) is the one who is bringing death and destruction into our lives. While the thief comes to STEAL, KILL and DESTROY, Jesus stated clearly that He comes to give us ONLY LIFE and that more abundantly.
These verses clearly say that God causes ALL things that happen to us to work out for OUR GOOD. Death and destruction is NEVER good or something to be accepted as from God. But though the devil attacks us with these things for his purpose, to destroy us, God turns them around to make them work out for good for us. Much as He did when the devil tempted men to crucify Him in the flesh. The bible says that God made a show of them openly.
Colossians 2:15 And having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it.
Did He spoil His own principalities and powers? Did He send the devil to kill the Son of God? God forbid. But He did KNOW what men would do and that the devil would tempt them to kill Jesus. He exposed them for what they were, evil. That is what light does; it exposes evil.
John 3:20 For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved.
God does the same thing in our life. He exposes the evil for our own good so that we will know what to choose.
In the beginning before creation, God knew all men that would ever be born. The bible says that He gave every man a measure of faith; Romans 12:3 ....... according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith. He looked in the beginning of creation to see who would exercise that faith to believe in His only begotten Son and predestined them to become CHILDREN OF GOD by adoption through the life, death and resurrection of Jesus, the only BEGOTTEN son. Then He justified them through Christ and glorified them. God is the one who did ALL of these things. You will notice that the works of those who believe were never mentioned. It is God's work not ours. Jesus put it like this;
Praise God the Father of all and Our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.