“God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging (Psa 46:1-3)”
The baby boy, who emerged from the wreckage covered in dust, was miraculously found amid the devastation after rescue workers heard the infant’s faint cries.
The military search team had already scoured the area near to the child’s home in Bhaktapur, Kathmandu, in the hope of finding the little boy. But they had moved on after believing the child had not survived. They only returned to the spot for the second time when the young boy’s cries for help were heard from beneath the debris.
An operation was then launched to pluck the baby to safety, 22 hours after the quake first hit. The boy was named locally as Sonit Awal and reported to be in stable condition, according to Kathmandu Today. The condition and whereabouts of his parents are unknown. More here.
Why does God allow bad things to happen to good people?
1.) There are no good people in this world, not one (Rom 3:10–18).
- “For there is not a just man upon earth, that doeth good, and sinneth not (Eccl 7:20).
2.) We are born in sin, and carry it until we find the solution to our fallen nature (God).
- “Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me (Psa 51:5)”
- “Even from birth the wicked go astray; from the womb they are wayward, spreading lies. (Psa 58:3 NIV)”
The writers of GotQuestion.org points out: “A better question would be Why does God allow good things to happen to bad people?”
3.) We are each appointed a time to die, (even children), and after death we are judged according to the life we lived here on earth.
- “And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment (Heb 9:27)”
4.) Satan has been allowed to rule this world for a time, and it is HE who walks about seeking to destroy.
- “The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel that displays the glory of Christ, who is the image of God. (2 Corinth 4:4 NIV)”
- “…in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience (Eph 2:2 ESV).”
5.) We do not understand God’s infinite wisdom, in the selection of who stays and who goes (Rom 11:33/Job 1:21); however, this life is a temporary gift, and if we fear (awe) the Lord, and keep His commandants, we are assured eternity in the next life with Him.
Ed Hindson and Gary Yates, of “The Essence of the Old Testament”, eloquently sum up Solomon’s model for making the most in life, and keeping “balanced between this life and the next”:
- “First, in light of the fact that life is fleeting, death is inevitable, and the circumstances of one’s future lie outside the realm of man’s control, the wise will enjoy life as a gift from God.
- Second, in light of the fact that God’s enigmatic ways on earth are sure to be followed by an equitable future judgement, the wise will fear [awe] God and keep His commandments (Eccl 12:13).
6.) Through the cross, God made a way for us to overcome the evil that rules this world.
- “but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us (Rom 5:8).”
- “To open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and inheritance among them which are sanctified by faith that is in me (Acts 26:18).”
7.) How do we overcome this world, and our fallen nature? “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. 39 The promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off—for all whom the Lord our God will call (Acts 2:38-39).”
- Daily Mail
- Ed Hindson, Gary Yates, The Essence of the Old Testament, (Nashville, Tennessee: B&H Publishing Group, 2012), 269-270, 277.