Read Habakkuk 1
Focus on verse 13
Why do bad things happen to good people? Why would an omnipotent God who is good allow atrocities like the holocaust, or mass shootings, or even natural disasters or accidents in which presumably innocent people are killed, to happen? The logical conclusion seems to be that either God is not omnipotent, or He is not good, because if He truly is both He should put a stop to evil that goes on.
While that may seem to be a logical conclusion, it is not a biblical conclusion. This does not mean that the Bible is not logical either. The problem is not that God is not logical; the problem is that God is not limited to our understanding of logic.
In today’s reading Habakkuk asks the same question,
You who are of purer eyes than to see evil and cannot look at wrong, why do you idly look at traitors and remain silent when the wicked swallows up the man more righteous than he? (v. 13)
Why God? Why do you allow evil to prosper? This question is not answered in today’s chapter, but I believe it is answered in the Bible. Part of the issue is that God has given us the freedom to accept Him and His ways, or to reject Him and His ways. It is because God stands by that choice to give us our freedom that He does not always intervene when people choose to do evil. So the first thing we need to recognize is that it is never God who causes the evil to occur! Evil occurs when humans choose to reject God and the principles He has provided for us to live by.
The second thing we must understand is that just because God does not prevent disaster from happening, does not undermine His perfect love for us. What we find difficult to accept is that sometimes disaster is exactly what it takes for us to be motivated to rise to the next level of maturity in our relationship with Him. In this regard – His allowing us to endure hardship or pain is the most loving thing He ca do because it moves us along according to the plan He has for us, which, if we stick with it will ultimately result in unbelievable blessing. It kinda comes down to one of those faith deals where we have to choose to trust that God knows what He is doing even if it doesn’t look like it from where we are sitting.