A week or so ago Marion was taking a Bible in School class of year five and six kids. One boy asked, "Is God in control of who becomes the next United States president?"
Marion replied, "Yes".
To which he responded, "Good; I'll pray that Donald Trump doesn't get elected."
If you had been in Marion's shoes at that instant what would you have said? (Stop and think about it; the possibilities are almost endless!) She needed to reply on the spot. She said something along the lines of "God does surprising things. He can use wicked leaders to do his will. He used the wicked Nebuchadnezzar and his Babylonian army to fire and sack Jerusalem when the Israelites had drifted away from him."
However we might also ask why do bad things happen to "good" people? Success or failure (measured in our terms) is not necessarily related to how "good" or "bad" we are. Periodically we hear of people turning away from Christianity when something bad happens to them. They portray a spoken or unspoken attitude that "I'm through with God because he's broken his side of the bargain." However, when looking to blame God for things going wrong, we must also remember that this side of heaven, while Christ may have made a path available for all to escape from sin's penalty, sin is still all around us.
John, in his 1st letter writes in Chapter 5, Verse 19:
We know that we are children of God and that the world around us is under the control of the evil one.