Lee Strobel: Why Does God Allow Tragedy and Suffering?

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Why did God allow the gunman to spray the Aurora movie theater with gunfire? The only answer I can honestly give consists of four words.

It was the worst mass shooting in American history—70 people shot by a gunman, 12 of them killed, while they were watching the midnight showing of a new movie. There are no words to describe the anguish being felt by those who are suffering because of this; our heart and prayers have—and will—go out to them. There are so many tragic stories, so much pain. And many people are asking the question, “Why? Why did God allow this?”

This has been a heart-rending summer for Colorado. First came the wildfires, which ravaged the houses of hundreds and prompted many of them to ask the question, “Why?”

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And those two tragic events are on top of the everyday pain and suffering being experienced in individual lives—maybe including yours. There’s illness, abuse, broken relationships, betrayal, sorrow, injuries, disappointment, heartache, crime and death. And perhaps you’ve been asking the question, “Why? Why me? Why now?”

That “why” question goes back thousands of years. It was asked in the Old Testament by Job and the writers of the Psalms, and it was especially relevant during the 20th century, where we witnessed two World Wars, the Holocaust, genocides in the Soviet Union and China, devastating famines in Africa, the killing fields of Cambodia, the emergence of AIDS, the genocide in Rwanda and the ethnic cleansing of Kosovo. And the 21st Century didn’t start any better. There was 9/11 and now the Syrian slaughters, and on and on. Why all of this if there’s a loving and powerful God? Why do bad things happen to good people?

Several years ago, I commissioned a national survey and asked people what question they’d ask if they could only ask God one thing. The number one response was “Why is there suffering in the world?” Incidentally, I did find an interesting statistical quirk—people who are married were much more likely to want to know why there’s so much suffering. I’m just sayin’.

But if you’ve never asked why our world is infected with pain and suffering, you will when they strike you with full force or they come to a loved one. And Jesus said they are coming. Unlike some other religious leaders who wrote off pain and suffering as just being illusions, Jesus was honest. He told us the truth. He said in John 16:33, “You will have suffering in this world.” He didn’t say you might—he said it is going to happen.

But why? If you ask me point-blank, “Why did God allow the gunman to spray the Aurora movie theater with gunfire just two days ago?”, the only answer I can honestly give consists of four words: “I do not know.”

I cannot stand in the shoes of God and give a complete answer to that question. I don’t have God’s mind. I don’t see with God’s eyes. First Corinthians 13:12 says, “Now we see things imperfectly, like puzzling reflections in a mirror, but then we will see everything with perfect clarity. All that I know now is partial and incomplete, but then I will know everything completely, just as God now knows me completely.”

Lee Strobel Lee Strobel was a legal editor for the Chicago Tribune and former atheist. Today he is a Christian apologist. He has served as teaching pastor of Willow Creek Community Church and Saddleback Community Church. He is best known for writing the semi-autobiographical bestsellers The Case for Christ, The Case for Faith, The Case for a Creator and most recently, The Case for the Real Jesus. You may visit Lee’s popular video apologetics web site LeeStrobel.com.

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  • Daniel Cromwell

    thanks for such truthful insight.It will go a long way to heal people as it has done to me.

  • Kemi

    God did create evil. It does not belittle God nor cast Him in a bad light to acknowledge that He created evil. Isaiah 45:7 categorically states that He God created evil. God does not answer to us. No matter how intimate we are with Him, He still remains a sovereign.

    How would we acknowledge and appreciate light, if there were no darkness? How would we acknowledge and appreciate good if there were no evil? Evil thrives where disobedience and godlessness had been planted. God asks us to make the choice to come to Him in total surrender because He knows evil is desperate to take us over. We need to be able to see and know the difference between living in Him and living outside of Him, this is why we have evil.

    God is God! He rules and reigns over all. He is the Almighty, the unquestionable ruler of all creation. We need to get under His umbrella and plug into Him in obedience that it may be well with us. Isaiah 1:19, states that if we are willing and obedient, we shall eat the good of the land.

    Shalom!

    • jeffaa

      God created Satan, as Lucifer…He did not make Satan the evil being he became. The potential for evil is what God has created, just as he has created us and given us a free will, otherwise what good would goodness be? We still have potential to honor God (good) or disobey him (evil), what follows each of these are consequences… Let’s be careful not to confuse the consequence of something for the thing itself. Pain,suffering, anguish, hunger, even death are all consequences. These signal the need for redemption of that which is out of alignment with God’s will and, thus, evil. Realignment of the will is bringing into to God’s will that which belongs there (good), what follows are consequences. The question really, then, is why does God allow us to suffer the consequences of evil, or sin? Because we are all born into and suffer the need for redemption; evil signals this. Thus, we are all on equal footing where sin, evil, redemption, goodness are concerned; we are all equally in need and the redemptive purpose and provision of God for goodness is made equally for us all in Christ. The purpose of the redeemed is to live that message and exemplify it in goodness… “He has shown you, O’ man, what is good and what the Lord requires of you. But to do justice, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God.” Micah 6:8 (for you Bible thumpers!).

      • AmazingByTheResponse

        Check out the text she gave you. If you look at the word evil in the hebrew you quickly realize that it’s usage is not always synonymous with sin even though it is used by God to punish sin. It’s synonymous within certain context with disaster, calamity or sorrow. In different context God sent an evil(calamity) spirit to king ahab, an evil(sorrow) spirit to king Saul. God sent this spirit to emotional pain or bring punishment by death. Adam and Eve ate of the tree of good and evil(it could mean sorrow, calamity or pain) as the text says that man shall know evil like us. How could God know evil when he does not sin according to the book of James? It could be in the context of Genesis God will experience the suffering just as man will do also in other words God will be be there experiencing the pain that they experienced. Regarding Satan, it shows that God created him perfect but he chose to sin. In this context God is not responsible for the sin he comitted or started or that of Adam or Eve. It is true that Evil can be a direct result of our sins and there are times that is not as in the example of Job.

  • Pieter

    I don’t think God is to blame when man chooses evil. We all have an innate capacity to either inflict pain or operate from love. We are in desperate need of Him.

  • Robert

    Shame on you for calling yourself a “Christian apologist” Every knee must bow and every tongue confess that Jesus is Lord if they are to be saved. o man apology for him can save him. He must confess his own sin “Apologize” to God for himself!

    • Jack

      Why doesn’t someone say this is God’s punishment on the people of Colorado, esp., all the Christian organizations that have moved there, and be like the “big name” guys who have said the same over things like AIDS, the Holocaust, etc.,?

      • Joel

        Jack, Wow! Seriously? I haven’t heard any of what I would consider ‘big name’ guys say that about the Holocaust or AIDS. Do you have any sources for this accusation?
        Rick Warren / Saddleback Church is providing tremendous help to AIDS victims, along with many other churches, Christian organizations, and individual Christians who, as has been the case throughout history, put their money where their mouth is.

    • Claudio

      What? Did you read the article or are you some kind of an extremist-anti-biblical-Westboro-activist?

    • Twinsfan1

      Robert, “apologist” doesn’t mean saying we’re sorry for God. An apologist is someone who defends the faith. It’s a take from what the word “apology” used to mean: arguing to defend a position within a debate or trial. Apologists are those who demonstrate through fact and logic that Christianity is a reasonable faith that thinking and discerning people can believe and understand by discussing things like WHY we can believe the Scriptures to be true, the reality of Christ’s death and physical resurrection, etc.
      There are some really great men and women who love to help skeptics and atheists get past many of the intellectual barriers they may have to faith. Guys like Josh McDowell, Lee Strobel, Norman Geisler, William Lane Craig, Paul Copan, and many others have materials that you and I can use (much of it free from various websites) to help others in this weay.
      Lee Strobel isn’t “apologizing” for God in the sense that I think you’re meaning. If I’m mistaken in how you’re understanding him, I apologize! :)

  • OLADOKUN SEGUN

    Darkness came before the LIGHT,likewise inside a test comes out TESTIMONY, God permit every occurrence for us to learn from and Thank Him for all things and in all things.

  • Robert

    The Answer to the Question “Why does God allow…” came to me immediately and in two Words. “FREE WILL!” When God created man he was perfect because he was created in the image and likeness of God. Adam ad Eve lived in a perfect world without sickness, disease, or death. When Adam and Eve choose to disobey God then was disease, sickness and death unleased into the world. Floods, Earth quakes, fire and brime stone from heaven. Rather than working to resore his relatioship with God; man choose to build a tower to heaven. “Foolish men question God; Righteous me serve Him!” 2 Chronicles 7:13-15King James Version (KJV)
    13″If I shut up heaven that there be no rain, or if I command the lohe imacusts to devour the land, or if I send pestilence among my people;14 If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.15 Now mine eyes shall be open, and mine ears attent unto the prayer that is made in this place.”

  • Sharleen

    Do you think that God is not targeting the destruction of people but IS targeting the things we as a country are placing our trust in? For example: the American Economy (911),our school system without God (Columbine) and now our movies (Hollywood) which are moving away from God and family to violence, mysticism and horror.
    Most of our children do not know the 10 commandments. Just ask them….What is the first commandment? Its not being taught in the homes, forbidden in schools and the churches do not mention them from the pulpit. What are our children learning? Violence, because they see it all around them…. places that never had violence in the past is now experiencing violence in their own neighborhoods…. We are reaping what we are sowing…..
    Combating violence is not the answer because it is a reflection of what is in the heart of our society today. We are praying for our country, our society and our heritage (children). Only God can change our hearts….

    • jeffaa

      People, evil people target these things. Many are consquential….thus, many suffer from the consequences of other peoples sin. That’s what happened in these circumstances. Ask yourself this, if things continue as they are and even worsen, what will you do for your own well-being in Christ? Stay thirsty for Christ, my friend, and not merely your own way!

  • barkwayfrogprincess

    A few years ago, after I watched my dad die of cancer, I nearly died from the agony of this question. In the time since, I have learned a lot. Instead of asking, “How can God allow suffering?”, I ask, “Why did God show his grace just now, when what we deserve is suffering?”, and I take great joy in being the recipient of his mercy. The wages of sin IS DEATH, but praise God for his GIFT of ETERNAL LIFE through Jesus Christ our Lord (Romans 6:23)! We are so used to seeing eternal life as something to anticipate in the future, but eternity is free from the confines of time. It means that right now and forever in all directions, my spirit is filled with life and joy, not fear and sorrow, not because of my circumstances, but because the breath of my Creator is in me forever!

    • Lee Alexander

      I liked this humble question: “Why did God show his grace just now, when what we deserve is suffering?”
      God deliver us of accusing him for what comes from darkness. In him there is no darkness!

    • Andrew

      Then again, we need to quantify what it means when we say, “God allows…”
      In His forbearance, grace, mercy, and patience… He allows evil and sin of man to play out. But know this, there is a Day of reckoning for every motive, word, deed, and thought. No sin will go unpunish. His wrath will either fall on me or Christ on Calvary. In His perfect timing…all will give an account.

  • jeffaa

    Lee, Great article. You could have began it with paragraph 7. Everything before that seems like a pretty long run-way. Mosty I like that you said what has gotten me into trouble for having said for more than 30 years (all my adult life), “I don’t know.” Evil came and exists for exactly the reasons you say. You’re spot on. I might add that to say God turns away from and does not see Evil, is like saying he turns a blind eye to Good and goodness. He recognizes, values (yes, knows the value of each), and commonderes both to His will and our ultimate benefit. Why it all happens, unfolds, as it does, is often a mystery to me. But most of the time, I see that I needn’t look much farther than my own hand recognize how evil can occur.

  • http://www.facebook.com/humming.bird.5682 Humming Bird

    My Sunday school just talked about this. Why does God let bad things happen? We may never know. But I believe God allows satan to do evil in the world so God can show how powerful he is. Who knows maybe someone who died in that theater had a family or friend who may not have ever gone to church. But because of the tragedy they did and will get to know the Lord. Nothing suprises God He knows what he is doing. God takes bad things that happen and turns it to good so we can glorify him! My thoughts and prayers with the family and friends who lost loved ones!

  • Jacob

    Thank you for this excellent treatment of troubling subject!

  • Patrick S.

    Ugh… I am so tired of Christian leaders giving the same empty, cliche responses to God allowing the suffering and tragedy in Aurora. Look, the sad truth is that the gunman was not the only evil person in that theater that night. EVERY SINGLE PERSON there sinned against God and deserved infinite and eternal suffering. It is a difficult truth – the gospel is a stumbling block to those who do not believe – but it is the only logical answer. In fact, the question should NOT be, “Why did God allow the suffering?” but rather, “Why did God diminish and stop the suffering?” It is the answer to this second question that brings hope in the midst of tragedy – God stopped the tragedy because he is patient, not preferring that any would spend eternity in Hell but that everyone would come to repentance.

    • jeffaa

      Well good, maybe God should amp up the suffering in YOUR life – right?!

  • http://www.facebook.com/nikicook205 Niki Cook Robinson

    I just wanted to thank you for writing this article. I was so moved by this. Five stars. Tryed to rate this five stars but I couldn’t figure it out.

  • DarleofGod

    I applaud Lee Strobel for tackling this topic. It needs to be soberly addressed for greater understanding to come And I appreciate the insights given by Mr Strobel there were several cogent and insightful and certainly comforting viewpoints. As I read it I immediately recalled the scripture in Isaiah where God, the I Am, emphatically declares that He, Himself create light, darkness, peace and evil. I agree with Kemi that it does not “belittle God” nor place Him in a “bad light”. Yes, God did create evil, Isaiah 45:7, however, God is not evil. ” . . . God has commended His love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us, Romans 5:8. Why did Christ die (for us)? Because we chose evil rather than a loving God and rebelled against God. Quite frankly became His enemies. So bad things actually are inherently happening to bad people. All have sinned and come short of the glory of God. We could not correct that choice once decided. God knew we would chose errantly yet He lovingly, and I might say “so” lovingly made the Choice to redeem us from it. Even while sinners His Son took the penalty for our Sin that whosoever believes on Him should not perish but have everlasting life, John 3:16. Now the question becomes for those of us who have believed, why do we suffer? Have you considered His servant Job? Or Joseph? Or Paul? or John? The Kingdom of heaven suffers violence and the violent take it by force, Matthew 11:12. The evil that is in the world is at war with the good. The flesh wa against the spirit, Galations 5:17. So God created evil. We must with humility remember that He Alone is God. Because one glass has water in it and another poison does not mean that we would choose the other over water. Once you know the difference between good and evil you are confronted with an opportunity of choice. You have a free will. Men and spirits choose good or evil. God has chosen us. God cannot/will not stop men from doing evil while at the same time allow them to be free. We must understand suffering from the perspective of choice. God is good and evil is in the world. Which would you rather give allegiance? With all that can happen in this world God is yet Sovereignly in love with us offering to even the best and worst of us sinners (the unbeliever or believer saved by grace) Himself, His Love, His Redemption. Though deeply painful, suffering is a dreaded yet temporary necessity. (I know and am writing right now out of the deep wound of great tragedy) What it may yield in its subjects is a faith that is tenacious and a resolve to love and serve the True and Living God despite the suffering. Eternity is forever. God is Eternal and he desires that we might turn our hearts to Him and receive His Goodness now (in a suffering world) and forever. Let’s face it, the world is in trouble. For, behold,the darkness shall cover the earth and gross darkness the people: but the LORD shall arise upon thee, and his glory shall be seen upon thee, Isaiah 60:2. God is for us. If God be for us who can be against us? . . . Choose this day whom you shall serve . . . God or evil. Joshua 24:15

  • Wendy

    Crappy events have been happening in folks lives from the get go. GOD created a garden on the gob of goo we know as earth… Why????? To put into play the game board which provides the perfect setting for the 1/3 fallen to by free will turn back to GOD. Look around this forum and many that we walk through daily after an event like this one. GOD whether in the mind good or bad is getting a lot of air time. When I see death my relief for those gone is just that, relief for some gone home and I might add sometime I experience a little jealousy because I’m still stuck here on the revamped Gob of Goo. My relief comes in knowing I’m not done my portion yet.

    Ecclesiastes 12:7

    12:7 Then shall the dust return to the earth as
    it was: and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it.
    GOD had HIS plan set from the beginning and every step we take has been guided by HIS hand. GOD taught me to watch and listen to HIM alone so I do. HE brought me to a place at a very young age to respond mostly with, ” I don’t know”. Then I wait and HE is always faithful to provide me with the answer. Not the way I might expect it but always right on time. I feel a squirm each time I hear a question that puts GOD’S power and authority into question. But again I have heard GOD all my life ask Me this same question. ” Do You trust ME while not knowing”???? Yes I do. I do not take credit for My abstract trust in HIM because that is a gift that only GOD alone could bless Me with. When each individual portion of HIS work is complete, ZIP off we go leaving behind the Clay Pot HE housed us in for HIS purpose. We may never know the hundreds of reasons that the movie theater event happened and not knowing for Me is just fine because I trust GOD in all things, whether they APPEAR good or bad HE is always at work for HIS purpose.

  • JustDan

    Free Will

  • http://twitter.com/MichaelDCollin1 Michael D. Collins

    Thank You Lee Strobel for such honesty, I believe that may be the most raw response I’ve heard yet. His answer does not negate the fact of God’s promises and faithfulness. My understanding at this time seems to be; that’s exactly what people need to hear: Honesty, pure and simple and just straightforward. Just my thoughts for what’s it worth.

  • Joel

    I just saw a portion of this quoted in a great book by Jeff Vines. If you’d like to be able to address some of these topics conversationally, it’s a great read. I couldn’t put it down. This same topic and other objections to the gospel are presented as they took place at a real dinner party where Jeff – ‘the small minded Christian’ – was expected to be the night’s ‘entertainment’. It’s called “Dinner With Skeptics”.

  • http://www.facebook.com/ministercharles.crocheron Elder Charles D Crocheron

    This pain of life sometime come our free will, it was the free will of man to sin and with sin come pain, and death. God has to yield to man free will its our job to be ready at all time to come with him, this life is short and we all must die, as people we want to pick how we die but no man knows when or how, we must be ready at all times. I never ask why just know this is how life is, after the fall of man we have never been able to deal with death and the evil of sin that bring death, God didn’t make man to die that why its so hard to understand it, we hate to have pain and to suffer,but Jesus had to deal with the pain and had to suffer before he gave up the spirit, these thing we see its only new to us but not new to the lord, there nothing new under the sun in the eyes of God….

  • Ted

    What a moronic question..why does God allow things like the Colorado shooting….wake up you dumbed down masses….the Western world and in particular USA has become a demonic power…and turned completely away from God…why would you expect Him to protect you? The vast majority of professing christians do not even follow His commandments, which are absolutely imperative if we expect His mercy and protection…all ten of them…there are various Bible verses which re=enforce this..Jesus said “if you love me keep my Commandments’ and “to enter into life keep the Commandments” these were identified as the ten Commandments…Apostle John further said in 1 John 2.3 Those who say they know him and keep not His commandments are liars and the truth is not in them….those are but a few….but the professing “christians” are so arrogant they can make holy their own days without observing days which God has commanded and made Holy…they can follow satanic human traditional days such as sunday, dec 25th and easter which have pagan origins and have nothing to do with Christianity, God or His Holy word..so if not then it is strictly from satan…so keep on follow satan things will only get worse…and the words of Jesus..love your enemies pray for your enemies….hmmm what does the western world and the USA do…go and invade countries, and kill kill kill…remember God makes the rain to fall on them and us as well and they, to are children of God not matter who they are…so you reap what you sew, and you live by the sword die by the sword…..sad but true words from the Bible…so smarten up you “christians” and start coming back to the true God, of the Bible!.

  • Gayle

    I would also like to add to the discussion that Christians in general can be prayer warriors in the area in which they live. That means that you can cover that area with the Blood of Christ and declare it off limits to the devil. And, and I for one, believe that this incident in Colorado was influenced by the demonic. Also, this kind of prayer of protection is even more powerful when done by a body of believers. Would it have prevented this? I don’t know for sure, but I have seen prayer groups blanket the country with prayer and then seen terrorists caught before they could complete their missions. There are numerous scriptures about this. It is worth looking into.

    • Ted

      What are the scriptures you mention are “worth” looking into? There are many more “worth” looking into as in the teachings of Jesus about what He expects from us and what God expects from us..you can pray until you are blue in the face, but if you are not following God’s will as per the Commandments then as Jesus said “depart from me you who practice lawlessness” Luke 13.27 and Matthew 7.23

  • Jefferson

    Pastor Lee,once again you have succeeded in telling and preaching the Love of God in the midst of tragedy and possibly,in all finality how to handle it whenever it occur.Thank you for the richness and depth of this article.You have fed me.May the good Lord continue to enrich your wisdom and anointing.

  • Jeffrey Lee Richard

    A skilled brother in Christ.. And a nice person !

  • Kebox

    God doesn’t hurt people…..
    Happy are those who remain faithful under trials, because when they succeed in passing such a test, they will receive as their reward the life which God has promised to those who love him. If we are tempted by such trials, we must not say, “This temptation comes from God.” For God cannot be tempted by evil, and he himself tempts no one. But we are tempted when we are drawn away and trapped by our own evil desires. Then our evil desires conceive and give birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death.

    Do not be deceived, my dear friends! Every good gift and every perfect present comes from heaven; it comes down from God, the Creator of the heavenly lights, who does not change or cause darkness by turning. By his own will he brought us into being through the word of truth, so that we should have first place among all his creatures. (James 1:12-18 GNTD)

  • JPGREEN

    As a minister, I want to say; this is one of the best messages I have ever read or heard as it pertains to grief and loss.

  • Raziel – Oceanic Temple

    I appreciate your well written article and well formulated ideas. I agree with much of what you have said. However, I would like to offer a more metaphysical perspective. Everything in the Universe emmanates from the Source of All Existence, i.e. from God. To not accept God as the One Light and the one impulse of Creation, at the beginning of All, is to invalidate the very definitiion of God. If we are Christian, we must take the Garden of Eden story to be fact. However, the story, as understood by the lay-Christian, contradicts the most essential prayer that was proclaimed across ancient Israel. “Shema Yisrael, Adonai Elohainu, Adonai Echod.” – Here O Israel, The Lord is God – The Lord is One.” From a metaphysical perspective, God is the One, indivisible, prime-moving energetic impulse of the Universe. Thus, God is All. God, therefore, contains within Himself, everything and its opposite. As the One original Light of Creation (or potential of Creation), He is perfect, indivisible, pure Oneness, pure White Light. It is only when his Unlimited Perfection projects Itself into Its own creation, i.e. into the realms of physicality, that things polarize into light and shadow, good and evil, etc.. But, all came from God, and thus, are of the essence and substance of God. So, Lucifer, as an angel of God, is not apart from Him. God is the All in All. It cannot be otherwise. When the first Light, the primary force of Creation, divided into male and female polarities, light and dark, freedom and constriction, by the very nature of these polarizations, the experience of observer and observed were created – thus mind came into existence. With mind came fear, and with fear came folly. The pathway home, the pathway back to Godliness or holiness, is to recognize that God is One, and we are One with God, or better said, we are One in God. The Kingdom of God is Within us, just as we are within the Kingdom of God. Through the practice of peace, and the recognition that we are all One in God, we can dissolve the polarities, dissolve mind, and dissolve fear, thus finding harmony in this world. Suffering and disharmonious behavior result from the false delusions of mind. Our job, as aspiring holy beings, is to recognize the Oneness at the Source of being, and return ourselves to that Source by acts of love and compassion, free of yearning other than the desire for Oneness. True love is not a yearning or grasping of the mind. True love comes from recognizing that the other person is also, at the soul level, born of the same Godliness or holiness that we are. We are only sinners when we identify with the endless reverberations of mind and disidentify ourselves from the One whos is the Source of All. The original Garden of Eden story was about the loss of innocence, purity, and peace that occurs when one is tempted by the dualistic knowledge that is divorced from Oneness, and thus divorced from God. Shema Yisrael, Adonai Elohainu – Adonai Echod. The Lord is One and we are One in the Lord.

  • Nicole Elmore

    I think sometimes people’s biggest problem in situations is that they think “why did God put me in this “bad” situation”, whether we are thinking about our job situation, or a time in our life that we don’t want to be in – sometimes we think “what did I do to deserve having been put in this situation” of having to be around people who we feel are unpleasant or who seem to be only discouraging us…
    If you are in a situation like that, you have to stop being selfish and realize that sometimes God places you in those circumstances and calls you to help those around you instead of being the one that is being helped in that point of time. Never doubt God’s decisions, have faith and know that everything happens for a reason and if you are obedient and live to the Lord rather than for yourself, and you fulfill what he has called you to do, you will be blessed thereafter.

  • http://www.pvariel.com Philip Verghese Ariel

    Well thoughtout insightful article on the age old question. Well written piece. Thanks for sharing this encouraging piece.

  • GentleCrusader

    God does not allow things like that to happen…we do. We have free will which is gift and sometimes a curse. When we turn our back to God and don’t listen to Him, bad things happen. So how can we blame him for our mistakes, especially when we ignore His guidance?