Nahum 1:7 The LORD is good,
a stronghold on a day of trouble;
he protects those who take refuge in him,
even in a rushing flood.
If God is all-powerful, and if God is good, then why did God let this happen?
The sentence above appears in the midst of a vivid description of the power of the LORD to afflict those who plot evil against the LORD and those who counsel wickedness. Letting the reader know they would not be spared from floods, earthquakes, droughts, or storms, but that God would see them through the day of trouble.
I hear the question of why would a benevolent God allow malevolence frequently following natural or human disasters, both epic disasters like the ruptured oil well in the Gulf of Mexico and personal disasters like the death of a child.
Why is perhaps the wrong question, for neither we nor God can change the past. A better question is to ask: What are we to do about this? And best to ask: Where is God in this?
The rescue of the Chilean miners demonstrated how diverse people can come together and achieve a miracle. Recent suicides of children have prompted schools to address the problem of bullying.
As much as we might wish for God to eliminate these disasters before they happen, God uses them to give us opportunities to minister with one another, opportunities to prevent future disasters, and opportunities to change the world for the better.
What opportunities has God given to you this week?