As with any catastrophe, many people question why God allows calamity and suffering to occur. Well, let me cut to the chase and go ahead and give my main point right here and now so you don’t have to muddle through a whole bunch of words to get to it, okay? Here goes: God allows calamity and suffering because He chooses to, plain and simple.
People begin questioning, “If God is so powerful, why doesn’t He stop these storms from happening?” Probably for the same reason that able bodied people stay and ride out these storms instead of fleeing for safety…..because He chooses NOT to. God is more than willing and able to stop a storm. Remember when Jesus was asleep in the boat while the disciples struggled to keep it afloat during the storm? When they woke him up in fear asking him does he not care that they were about to perish, Jesus stood up and commanded, “Peace! Be still!” So, we know that God can calm any storm. When Job lost his children, all his wealth, and was left sitting in ashes scraping his sores, he began justifying how righteous he was and how God was wrong in bringing this calamity upon him (Job 33:9-11; Job 35:1-3). In Chapter 38, the LORD spoke up and says, ““Who is this that obscures my plans with words without knowledge? Brace yourself like a man; I will question you, and you shall answer me.” Then God proceeds to ask WHO was responsible for creation and everything that goes on within it. Was it Job who causes the sun to rise, or the rains to fall, or causes lightning to fall to the earth, or the snow to cover the ground? Of course not. Job was not responsible for any of that.
God created EVERYTHING and He is in sovereign control of it all. In Job 40:2, the LORD says, “Will the one who contends with the Almighty correct Him?” How dare we question God as to WHY He doesn’t stop these storms from causing destruction. It’s His creation and He can do as He pleases with it. We could stand and shake our fists at Him all day long demanding to know why He allows these catastrophes to occur, but He doesn’t owe us any explanation. Compared to Him, we are like a tiny ant walking across a table and at any point He could take His finger and flick us off of it.
It’s not our place to demand answers from Him. He’s the Creator and we are His creation. He is the Potter and we are the clay. Just as a potter has control over how his vessel turns out, God is Creator and He has control over what He does with His creation. Read Job 38-41. Those chapters will tell just how in control God is and how puny we are. God owes us no explanations as to why He does what He does. He can shelter His people under His protective wing like a mother bird, or utterly consume someone with His hot, fiery breath. Just know that God is still Sovereign and in control of all things.