But, of course, God can and does bring blessing and suffering, gain and loss into our lives, for us to deal will. And surely there are those whose willful sins leave the door open for Satan to bring in pain and turmoil. But it is my opinion that most of the bad or good we accomplish in life is the result of our own actions or lack thereof. Even as a fruit tree produces fruit and a thorn tree produces thorns, but God can "nourish the one and hinder the other. As Jesus said in Matt.7:17, "Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit."
Jesus wasn't that concerned with what trees do but was using them as an example of what humans do. And we all know God's law of sowing and reaping ... "Be not deceived; God is not mocked; for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap." Gal.6:7. It works every time.... sooner or later.
Drive through the red lights and STOP signs and you will quickly kill your own self. Don't blame the other guy or God. You did it.
God doesn't have to hurt us, we hurt ourselves, or someone else does. In which case, they, in turn, reap what they sowed. Neither God nor you have to seek them out and get even. They will automatically receive the wages of their sin here, in this life, and eternal judgment in the next.
It Wasn't My Fault; He Hit Me
I was on my way home from Sunday School with my Bible.
I had slowed down to 20 when I passed that STOP sign and
sped up to get across that four-lane highway as fast as I could.
But all those speeding cars and trucks were driving recklessly
as they swerved, skidded and dodged each other all around me.
Their faces looked crazy and they screamed and cursed at me...
for no reason. Then this one reckless old guy came skidding into the side of my car and totaled it. So it wasn't my fault. He should have to pay because HE hit me ... I did not hit him. RB