After 9/11, I remember people asking “Why did God allow all these ‘innocent people’ to die?” Some preachers took folks to Luke 13: 1-5, and noted the story of the tower at Siloam falling and killing eighteen “innocent” people. Innocent? The Lord's response is interesting. He tells these people, who have a very high view of themselves and of their fellow man, “…unless you repent, you will all likewise perish.” So maybe we are asking the wrong question. Instead of asking, “Why did God allow this to happen to these ‘innocent’ people?” Maybe we should be asking, “Why didn’t God allow this to happen to a wretched sinner such as I?”
You see at the root of man questioning God’s fairness in situations like this is the underlying belief that we don’t deserve this. My friend, we don’t want God to be fair to us and give us what we deserve, because that would be an eternity separated from Him and everything good. People who recognize their sinfulness do not want justice, we want God’s mercy! God’s mercy is when God doesn’t give us what we deserve. Oh Lord. Please be merciful to me a sinner!!!
My good friend, Bob Collins said it well when he was fighting cancer. When people said, “Why is this happening to Bob, he is such a faithful servant of the Lord?”. Bob would say, “Why shouldn’t it be happening to me.” Bob got it! I pray you do too!