Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. The one who sows to please his sinful nature, from that nature will reap destruction… Galatians 6:7-8 (NIV)
Sometimes, bad things occur in our lives when people hurt us, or when we hurt ourselves. When God created man, we were given free choice. While we were created to love God and to love each other, this love must be a freely made choice. When we choose against that love, then the possibility for evil and strife happens. The consequences of sinful choices will hurt us, whether from the actions of another person or from our own actions. A person will reap what they sow. However, God still has plans to make goodness out of these circumstances and trials, and He will use them to prepare us for better times in the future.
Prayer: Lord, help me in my times of trouble. Help me to understand where the causes of these hurts may be and to find a way to move through them. Grant me strength to continue on in spite of what difficulties I may face, and to remember that you are always with me. Help me to find comfort in you, and to choose the love I am called to use toward you, my neighbors, and myself. Amen.