We’ve all heard it, bad things happen to good people. It’s also true the other way, good things happen to people that…well, aren’t so good. Right? As I read Jeremiah 33:6-9, God is telling Jeremiah how He is going to bring back Judah and Israel from captivity, rebuild them as they were before, and forgive them from their sins of rebellion. Just like these countries, I have rebelled. Did that rebellion cause bad to happen to me or others who have experienced something bad? I don’t have an answer to that question. Yet, what I see in these verses is God telling Jeremiah that even though these countries have strayed He is going to restore, and not just restore but in verse 9:
“Then this city will bring me renown, joy, praise and honor before all nations on earth that hear of all the good things I do for it; and they will be in awe and will tremble at the abundant prosperity and peace I provide for it.” – Jeremiah 33:9
I don’t understand God’s ways, why things happen to “good” people, but I trust Him. I also believe these verses show that adverse situations happen, yet He is a God who restores to the point that others are in awe. Why would He do that? Maybe so the world will take notice, and when someone states, “Wow things sure have turned around for you,” you get to pour out a heart of gratitude for the One who has restored those things that were desolate, dark and seemed destroyed.
See, He never leaves us. On top of that He alone restores, and His idea of restoring will not look like your idea of restoring. Remember God is another level. He has a plan, and when He starts working and moving, He wants your praise and honor because this shows others His goodness. Be His mouthpiece of praise as He does things you didn’t think possible. Some people won’t understand it, and that’s not your problem. Be obedient to God, and He will take care of the rest.