Why did God Allow This?


Reminder: Not everything that happens is God’s will. Since we have been given free will (the power to choose to act in God’s ways or the world’s ways), many things happen that are not God’s will.

I say this because often times I will hear people attribute divorces, financial struggles, broken friendships, loneliness, or other challenging situations to God’s planning. However, often times we see that their own decisions or the free will choices of others have caused the hardship or pain. At times, we slap God’s name on it to make us feel better or to avoid personal responsibility.

The good news is that any situation given back to God can go back under His will. He can and does takes the worst that we have to give and turns it into something beautiful. He will break, reshape, and breath new life into any life that leans into Him.

I love grace.

“Trade these ashes in for beauty
And wear forgiveness like a crown
Coming to kiss the feet of mercy
I lay every burden down
At the foot of the cross”

At the Foot of the Cross (Ashes to Beauty) by Kathryn Scott


Pastor Tom Hypes

About Tom Hypes

Tom Hypes is an ordained Pastor who has served in churches and the camping ministry for over 25 years. He currently leads at The Shepherd's Fellowship and volunteers at Leapin' Outreach (clothing ministry), Marion County Citizen Circle (helping clients with transitions from prison to community), Kirkpatrick Food Pantry, and ministers in the local nursing homes. He has also contributed to Group Magazine, CBA Marketplace, and Youth Worker Magazine. He serves in his ministry in the partnership with his family; wife Jenni, son Ryan, and daughter Emily.