Name any catastrophic event in the course of history, and it seems as if God has abandoned the human race. Where was He while the Israelites groaned in oppressive slavery for 400 years? Where was He during the Holocaust? Where was He on 9/11? It sometimes seems that God is silent, watching the horrors of life on earth without pity or concern.
R.C. Sproul discusses this very issue - the role of God when the ideas of men collide and wreak havoc. God has not abandoned His people, says Dr. Sproul, but while His hands pour out blessing upon blessing, they also bring calamity and darkness. Dr. Sproul's analysis is challenging, but it is one that no Christian can afford to ignore. For it is only when we begin to understand the nature of God that we can ever hope to trust in His sovereignty during times of terror or sorrow. And it is only when we can trust in His sovereignty that we can say with Job, "Though He slay me, yet will I trust . . ."