Latter-day Saint Life

The Answer to "Why Did God Let This Happen to Me?"


How many times have each of us said something like this within our hearts? “And Gideon said unto him, Oh my Lord, if the Lord be with us, why then is all this befallen us? and where be all his miracles which our fathers told us of, saying, Did not the Lord bring us up from Egypt? but now the Lord hath forsaken us . . . "

One of the most often asked questions in this world about God is this: “Why does God allow bad things to happen to good people?” It’s a question that has been with us as far back as the Old Testament.

After the children of Israel had made it to the promised land, they still continued in their worship of false gods. A people called the Midianites came up against the tribes of Israel and caused them great misery. For a period of seven long years they would come like locusts at harvest time into the Israelites’ lands and carry away all of the crops of grain. The people were starving, and they cried to the Lord (see Judges 6:1).

A mighty Israelite leader named Gideon was threshing wheat in a secret place when an incredible event occurred. A messenger from God appeared.

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