“Naked I came from my mother’s womb,
And naked shall I return there.
The Lord gave, and the Lord has taken away;
Blessed be the name of the Lord.”
-- Job 1:20
I'm familiar with such things. Two of my children, Casey and Hannah, died as infants. I was devastated twice. I love my kids with all my heart.
My sister Sally was brutally murdered eight and a half years ago, only two days after the death of her husband of many years, the father of her children. Her teenaged son and daughter lost both parents within the space of hours, under the most horrific circumstances. When I got the news over the phone I was more than a thousand miles away, and I literally fell on the floor, consumed by overwhelming grief.
Double calamity came upon our first father and mother, when their son Cain became a murderer, and their other son Abel became the first murder victim.
Job lost everything, including all of his children. His friends mocked him as an obvious sinner and his own wife told him to curse God and die.
On this earthly plane, with our limited perspective, it's impossible to fully grasp why these things happen. Why, why, why, does God allow the destroyer to destroy? We won't fully know until we are with Him in eternity.
But, we can know some things, and we can find comfort and a measure of understanding in the Word of God, as we learn to submit ourselves to His Sovereign Will and Plan.
I Corinthians 10:11-13:
"Now all these things happened to them as examples, and they were written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the ages have come. Therefore let him who thinks he stands take heed lest he fall. No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it."
"There were present at that season some who told Him about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices. And Jesus answered and said to them, 'Do you suppose that these Galileans were worse sinners than all other Galileans, because they suffered such things? I tell you, no; but unless you repent you will all likewise perish. Or those eighteen on whom the tower in Siloam fell and killed them, do you think that they were worse sinners than all other men who dwelt in Jerusalem? I tell you, no; but unless you repent you will all likewise perish.'"