As the suffering deepens in the Bama Amr district of Homs, Syria, waves of violent pre-spring storms have caused at least 27 deaths in several US states, with many injuries, whole communities devastated, thousands homeless, and countless traumatized.
While most people in the Middle East and US Mid West will enjoy a normal weekend, an uncounted number of families and neighbors will remain stunned and confused by the random nature of evil.
Sudden destruction often leaves us with the unexplained differences of those who were either in the right or wrong place as bullets fly and tornadoes dance. No one can say why some are taken and others are left. Yet over and over, numb survivors talk about a good Lord who determined that it was not their time to go—while others mourn losses with questions that heaven is not answering.
In such circumstances, Mother Nature and a Father God seem to be acting, but not talking.
In what may be the oldest story in the Bible, the whirlwind that took the lives of Job’s children is allowed by God and caused by Satan. In the end, God finally speaks words of peace from another violent storm.
Down through the centuries, countless commentators have analyzed what God said and didn’t say. All are left with the conclusion that God answered the questions of Job with questions of his own.
While by nature we would rather have answers, my guess is that most of would agree that questions sound different when asked by someone who knows the answers that he lovingly and wisely is not ready to give, and even more… when the same Father eventually shows us how much he is willing to suffer for… and with us.