Why, God, Why? Dealing with Hard Questions.

Answering tough questions: Where is God when evil things happen?

A child is molested and the perpetrator never found. 
A retired couple loses their life's savings to a scam artist. A gang member murders and goes free on a technicality. 
Where is God? Why do bad guys sometimes win and good guys sometimes suffer? 

When things don't make sense, we must remember these important truths:

1. Man, not God, brought suffering into the world. (Genesis 1-3). 
God created a perfect world, but mankind's sins damaged it. 

2. Our present world must be the best possible world for restoring mankind to God because that is God's goal (Ezekiel 18:23).

3. God gave us free choice, and freedom allows people to make bad choices, but we can always choose to do the right thing (Genesis 4:7).
We may be confused by the evil and suffering we see in our world, and we may not fully understand why God allows it to happen. But we can always trust God's character to be 100% good and loving. 

We lost a "very good" earth when we sinned, but we gain a perfect eternity when we repent of our sins and follow Christ. That puts all things in proper perspective.

I encourage you to do the Bite Size Bible Study on this devotion for further understanding. And I encourage you to check out the Bible Love Notes collection of Hard Questions. It addresses questions like this one.

Answering tough questions: Where is God when evil things happen?

Bible Love Notes


  1. How timely! In our small community a friends young grandchild died over the weekend due to a choking incident . Many community members have turned around and publicly stated their faith in God is dwindling as no God should take such a young child. I will be passing this love note on ....God IS good....thank you

    1. Dear Wendy,
      Tragedies like the one you describe understandably shake us. I'm glad that this devotion might be helpful.
      I've said a prayer for this family who lost the child.
      God bless,

  2. i will be passing this on to my son who is in prison right now he was raised in a Christian home the crime he has been found guilty for doesnt not even seem to be something he could of even been able to think of doing and he is just so confused as to how God could of let him be found guilty when some evidence didnt point to him i have been sending him bible studies and sent him a bible telling himm to stay in his reading our pastor has been sending him his sermons and other things as well so im praying this will help

  3. Amen, Gail! lovely post you shared! thank you very much.