Does Everything Happen for a Reason?
What is the reason that things happen? Is life a predetermined course? Does God micromanage the affairs of earth and its people? There are people that say everything happens for a reason. Does it?
Other people take a different approach to the philosophy of life. Not everything in life will turn out the way we plan or want it to. Why would someone think that God would have his hand in making one person's life better than another's?
I have noticed in exploring this subject there will be contradictions and questions on all sides of the equation of life. Isn't that the purpose though, to have faith and act the best we can and enjoy the journey?
The scriptures indicate and I believe that God sends us to earth at times that are pre-appointed. He also holds power over the duration of our life and our death, yet in these cases he doesn't intervene with any frequency unless there is some greater purpose.
There may be interventions that we may not recognize. We may however be privy to a personal miracle and many tender mercies. The fact is God is not random nor whimsical. The scriptures indicate He blesses the obedient and offers mercy to those that seek it.
Experiences from my family history have made me think about common clichés like these used by many to convey their outlook on a circumstance, or of life in general.
The members of my family were in the car except I stayed home that day because for some reason I wanted to stay home and play with friends. I was only eight years old. Had I been in the car I might have been killed or injured. Was I spared for a reason?
They will grow in many ways as a family. Is this fair to them to have such a challenge or to others that don't and are therefore be less compassionate and appreciative of a tender life? What about all of the babies that died while doctors learned to treat this type of defect or any other illness for that matter?
Many others may not have an outcome that is positive in that they died? Was there a reason for their deaths or not being healed? If science or faith had been more advanced would they have lived?
People seem inclined to use these sayings when they don't understand what freedom is or what God's plan really entails. "Everything happens for a reason", "there is no such thing as coincidence" and "If it is God's will", or “God has a plan". Then some ask. Why do bad things happen to good people or why do good things happen to evil people? Why do we suffer?
If our decisions can determine our destiny, then God's plan would allow us to have that freedom. Isn't that why he gave to us? He can then judge the intents of our hearts and individual will at a time he has designated. Justice and mercy must be reconciled by eternal principle otherwise they they are simply whimsical precepts as I mentioned.
Without pain and suffering there is no appreciation for health and well being. Without sorrow, there would be no joy. The sadness in death is only so because we love the one leaving us. There is no love without service and helping another to grow through their trials.