I really resonated with the main character, Mack. The questions he asked God are some of the same I have wrestled with over the years, ones I plan to ask Him when we meet someday.
The book in general helped me realize that though it’s not outside God’s capability to shield me from pain, it would violate free will to do so. We live in a world of choice. People choose sin. God doesn’t “make them” sin. (Nor does Satan, for that matter.) I believe God knows what people will choose. And, in the end, He can use those poor choices to bring about His purposes and good.
That being said, if God were to “protect” me from bad things happening, wouldn’t He have to do so for everyone else, as well? And in doing so, He would likely avert people from sinning, which would prevent people from making their own choices, thus violating free will. So, although I may desire for Him to shield me from pain and tragedy, it would be against the world order He has in place.
What do you think?