At a time when many children were dying of polio and others were being severely crippled for life, why did these two children seem to get off relatively easy?
I'm sure their parents weren't the only ones who prayed. Doesn't every parent pray for his child's well-being?
Since the beginning of time, people have posed the question, "Why does God let bad things happen to some people while others seem to live unscathed lives?"
In 1981, Harold S. Kushner, a prominent American rabbi wrote a bestselling book called When Bad Things Happen to Good People. It is dedicated to the memory of his young son, Aaron, who died in 1977, at age 14, of the incurable genetic disease progeria. Since it was published, the book has been translated into twelve languages -- an example of the number of people interested in this subject.
Some people prefer the question, "Why do good things happen to bad people?" And may even be tempted to try the "other" road. When that happens, we should remember that the other road is a dead end (Matthew 7:13). In truth, the narrow road before us through Jesus is the only road that leads to eternal life. That should be our joy and our comfort.
We need not concern ourselves when good things happen to bad people or when bad things happen to people who seem undeserving of them. God allows things to happen for His reasons, whether or not we understand them. We need to keep our focus on our Creator and enter into His presence every day through the reading of His holy word. There we will find truth, contentment, spiritual riches and eternal joy.
Above all, we must remember that God is good, just, loving, and merciful even when He sometimes allows trials and sufferings to come into our lives.