Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning. James 1:17
Without the Scriptures, we would have a hard time reconciling two things: our avowal that God is good and the fact that bad things happen in the world. If God is truly good, why is there evil in the world?
First, God is good. Psalm 145:17 says, “The Lord is righteous in all His ways, gracious in all His works.” A God who is always righteous could not be the author of evil. James says that God is not tempted to do evil Himself, nor does He tempt us to do evil (James 1:13). In fact, He sends sunlight and rain for everyone, the just and unjust alike (Matthew 5:44-45). Second, God only allows evil in the world for a time. The clearest example is God allowing Satan to send suffering upon Job and his family (Job 1–2). Satan was constrained by God’s purpose and permission—and by His goodness He restored blessings to Job’s family.
If you see or experience evil in the world, don’t be tempted to blame God. Instead, pray for His kingdom to come on earth as it is in heaven.
Times are bad, God is good. Richard Sibbes
James: The Brother of Our Lord