Lots of things in life make me wonder why they happen. Some are fairly frivolous, like these:
- Why cars worth tens of thousands of dollars are in the driveway and useless junk is in the garage.
- Why banks leave vault doors open and then chain the pens to the counter.
- Why the man or woman who invests all our money is called a broker.
- Why people order double cheeseburgers, large fries, and a diet coke.
- Why the time of day with the slowest traffic is called rush hour.
- Why you never see the headline Psychic Wins Lottery.
- Why doctors and attorneys call what they do practice.
- Why the needle for lethal injections is sterilized.
- Why Noah didn’t swat those two mosquitoes.
- Why there is no mouse-flavored cat food.
- Why abbreviated is such a long word.
- Why sheep don’t shrink when it rains.
Much more significantly, I wonder about exponentially more important matters:
- Why a man cheats on his wife.
- Why a woman cheats on her husband.
- Why so many children in the world go to bed hungry.
- Why young people, especially infants and children, die prematurely.
- Why little children get cancer or any other debilitating or deadly disease.
- Why deranged people kill innocent bystanders by shooting or suicidal bombing.
- Why miscarriages occur in the life of a woman who wants deeply to become a mother.
- Why hurricanes, tornadoes, and earthquakes occur, causing destruction, death, and devastation.
- Why God doesn’t intervene in our lives and intercept all suffering, disease, and natural disasters.
My Sunday school teacher taught me the answer to these questions. It’s simple. All the bad stuff that happens is the result of sin. I learned that at the seminary as well.
I get it that a specific person dies because of his or her sin. But does sin cause natural disasters? Is that the way God chooses to punish mankind for sin? I don’t like that answer. And why does one person’s sin have to take the life of another person or of many people who really are innocent bystanders? I know the answer in my head. It’s just hard for my heart to make sense of it.
When I think of the people affected by Harvey, Irma, Maria, the Mexico City earthquake, and a deranged sniper’s bullets from an automatic machine gun in Las Vegas, not to mention countless other previous manifestations of the result of sin, I simply shake my head, dry my tears, and say, “Satan, be gone! Leave us alone! Get out of here!”
My prayer is that the Lord will have mercy. And my trust is in the promise of God never to leave us or forsake us. (Deut. 31:6)