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They seem so random and unnecessary.
Why doesn't God stop them?
These things weren't present in God's original creation (Genesis 1:31). However, when mankind sinned, death, decay, accidents, natural disasters and disease entered the picture (Genesis 3:17-19; Romans 8:18-21). The pain and suffering caused by these things can't always be predicted or cured and that leaves us feeling helpless and confused.
In Luke 13, Christ addressed the accidental collapse of a tower without explaining the reason. Instead, He cautioned His listeners to repent because life is so uncertain (James 4:13-14).
We know God could intervene in every earthly disaster, but for reasons we don't understand, He chooses not to do this (1 Corinthians 13:12; Isaiah 55:8-11) .
However, God did intervene in the worst and most terrible disaster in mankind's history, and His intervention cost Him dearly (Romans 6:23).
Whenever you doubt God's goodness, look to the cross.
Resource: Where is God in Natural Disasters? By Janet Chismar
To read several other 1-minute devotions that address different aspects of this question, click the titles below:
No Satisfactory Answer
Why is There Senseless Suffering?