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Why does God not protect charity workers? They are doing good and yet they are not safe.

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Thank you so much for your question. You are clearly thinking about others and about God's protection.

The world that we see now is obviously not perfect, but this is not the way that God made it. Sin, the rebellion of people against God affects and taints everything we see. Even the natural world has been affected. Romans 8:20-23 talks on this matter. Every person too does wrong and none of us meet up to God’s perfect standard, as we read in Romans 3:23. Although we might consider people ‘good’ and ‘bad’, that is not how God sees us. Some people can show such love and kindness to others and perform deeds of great sacrifice, but still they are sinners in God’s sight.

The Bible tells us that God sent his son Jesus into the world to redeem it, to recreate and make us new through faith in Christ. Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. (2 Corinthians 5:17)

We also know that for the natural world too there will be a new heaven and a new earth (Revelation 21:1).

To come now to the detail of your question, God is powerful enough to have been able to save any aid worker, yet there are many times we could mention where he does not. This was not because God didn’t know or didn’t care about it. God knows everything that happens and he is love (1 John 4:8). He is the definition of love, true love come from him.

In Luke 13:1-5 Jesus was asked about two tragedies that had recently taken place, where people had been killed. One was the deliberate act of a wicked man; the other was just an accident that had happened. It seems that some people had been thinking that the death of these people was some kind of punishment from God, but Jesus is clear that this was not the case. He said that they were no worse than anyone else. What is interesting is that he doesn’t give any reason as to why these events took place, but instead he says

"No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish." (Luke 13:5)

For us too, there are many things that we see in this world that we don’t understand, and God doesn’t explain everything to us. We are in a world of sin and suffering. But God is interested in people and meeting people’s needs. More important than our temporary needs, is our greatest permanent need, which he met at enormous cost. It is easy for us to become focused on the temporary things we see around us and forget about our eternal destiny.

As Jesus said, the most important thing is to personally learn from the tragedies that we see. We all will die some day, and all of us deserve God’s judgement. It is only by turning to God in repentance and faith, trusting in God’s supreme act of love in sending Jesus to this world for us that we can be truly safe forever.

Although in this world we will not always be safe, God loves us all so much that he has provided the way through Jesus for all who trust in him to be saved and have eternal life with him.

In summary, God is powerful and loving and he cares for every person, demonstrated in him sending his son into this world to die for us. We don’t always understand why some things happen in this world of sin, but it is important to use these tragedies to remind us that this life is brief and we need to make sure that we ourselves are ready, by trusting in what Jesus has done for us.

"For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life". (John 3:16)

Here are some more Bible Verses for your further consideration:

  • Luke 13:1-5
  • 2 Corinthians 12:7-10

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