Murphy’s Law

Murphy’s Law: If something can go wrong it will go wrong.

The Bible tells us that God created the world and that when he finished his work it was very good.  Since this is the case, how could anybody ever come up with an idea such as Murphy’s Law?

The answer to that question can be found in the third chapter of Genesis.  The first humans sinned and by doing so brought death and imperfection into the world.  Their actions affected not only them and their descendants but the world itself.

 And to Adam he said, “Because you have listened to the voice of your wife and have eaten of the tree  of which I commanded you, ‘You shall not eat of it,’  cursed is the ground because of you;  in pain you shall eat of it all the days of your life;  thorns and thistles it shall bring forth for you;  and you shall eat the plants of the field.  By the sweat of your face  you shall eat bread till you return to the ground  for out of it you were taken;  for you are dust,  and to dust you shall return.”
Genesis 3:17-19

Most people don’t believe that this actually happened but the existence of Murphy’s law is evidence that at some level they are aware of the fact that something is wrong with our world.

If sin is the reason things go wrong in our lives what happens when someone turns to Jesus in faith and has his sins forgiven?  Does this mean that nothing bad ever happens to him again?

We can find the answer to that by looking at the life of Job.

There was a man in the land of Uz whose name was Job, and that man was blameless and upright, one who feared God and turned away from evil.
Job 1:1 ESV

Following this is a description of his wealth and his family.  It appears at first that he was living a life in which nothing ever went wrong.

But as we read further we find that his circumstances changed dramatically.  He lost his property, his children, and his health.  To add insult to injury his friends accused him of being a sinner and and said that his troubles were punishment that he had brought on himself.  His life seemed like a perfect expression of Murphy’s law.  Everything that could go wrong did go wrong.

This seems to be the case until we come to the 38th chapter of Job.  Here something new happens.  God begins to speak to Job directly.  The final result of this conversation is found in Job 42:1-6.

Then Job answered the LORD and said: “I know that you can do all things, and that no purpose of yours can be thwarted.  ‘Who is this that hides counsel without knowledge?’  Therefore I have uttered what I did not understand, things too wonderful for me, which I did not know.  ‘Hear, and I will speak; I will question you, and you make it known to me.’ I had heard of you by the hearing of the ear, but now my eye sees you; therefore I despise myself,  and repent in dust and ashes.”

Job had suffered material loss but this loss resulted in spiritual gain because he finally understood God is a way he never had before.  In addition to this God restored twice as much as he had lost.  God took the good things out of his life in order to replace them with something better.

Christians suffer from all the problems and misfortunes that unbelievers do but for them this doesn’t mean that something is going wrong; the bad things that happen to them are part of God’s plan to help them develop spiritually.

Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.
Romans 5:3-5

And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.
Romans 8:28

A time is coming when this world will be replaced by one that is free of the effects of sin.

Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more.
Revelation 21:1

Perhaps it would be accurate to say that when this happens Murphy’s law will be completely and permanently repealed.


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