If God Loves Us Why Does He Allow Tragedy?

First off, I just want to let you know how completely intimidating it is to tackle such a deep question. Our world is full of so much brokenness and the more technologically advanced our world becomes, the more aware we become of this brokenness.

I don’t know if I’m alone in this thought but it feels like every time I log into Facebook there is a new article that has gone viral about human trafficking, natural disaster, kidnapping, etc. The news is just depressing these days.

But why? If there is a God who loves us why does he allow this kind of tragedy?
Every time I think or hear this question, I am reminded of a Bible verse.

15 Suppose a brother or a sister is without clothes and daily food. 16 If one of you says to them, “Go in peace; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it?

I know what you’re thinking right now, probably something along the lines of how this makes absolutely no sense. But let me explain… see there is a underlying message in this verse:

God wants to use His people to help His people.

No I am not saying that God allows suffering so that we can have an opportunity to bless someone. What I am saying is that maybe there is a bigger picture that we can’t understand or see. Maybe this world goes beyond this world. Maybe the outcome can still be great. Maybe just maybe we could believe that in the midst of the storms we can find reasons to dance in the rain.

What if we changed our perspective? Maybe God is moving and that’s the reason there isn’t more tragedy than there already is. Maybe God is saving lives in the midst of these horrific events. If we want to see change, we have to stop blaming God for what’s going on and start getting out there to remove the disaster.

I am well aware of the fact that God could wave his magic wand and fix this world. But I am equally aware that this isn’t the way God chooses to fix things. God wants you and me to rise up out of our seats and do something about this brokenness.

God is not to blame for the actions of other people. God is the goodness in the midst of the brokenness. We need to stop blaming him and starting getting out there and making a difference. Liking and sharing on social media to spread awareness is great; but what are we DOING to remove the pain in this world? What are we doing to ensure that the world will be changed?

-Cassie Littel