As Christians we sometimes over-spiritualize our situations. Taking passages of the Bible that refer to suffering in relation to Christ and preaching the Gospel (aka, persecution) and applying them to suffering in relation to our bad decisions, or unwillingness to listen to God. The truth is, by in large, most of the tragedy spoken of in the Bible was caused by disobedience. The book of Proverbs is chalked full of common sense, “I told you so” kind of instruction to help us avoid calamity.
I know that’s not a popular thing to say in church these days. The easy thing to do would be to just believe God wanted it to happen as part of some great and mysterious cosmic plan. Because then you’d be relieved of all that responsibility.
Yes it’s true God works all things together for the good. Yes it’s true that you can learn a lot by going through dire situations. But it is a lie that most of these things can’t be avoided.
28 “Then they will call on me, but I will not answer;
They will seek me diligently, but they will not find me.
29 Because they hated knowledge . . .
30 They would have none of my counsel
And despised my every rebuke.
31 Therefore they shall eat the fruit of their own way,
And be filled to the full with their own fancies.
32 For the turning away of the simple will slay them,
And the complacency of fools will destroy them;
33 But whoever listens to me will dwell safely,
And will be secure, without fear of evil.”