Psalm 127:3-5–3 Children are a heritage from the LORD, offspring a reward from him. 4 Like arrows in the hands of a warrior are children born in one’s youth. 5 Blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them. They will not be put to shame when they contend with their opponents in court.
My mornings are usually harried: getting four boys under the age of 14 where they need to go makes for some unexpected starts to each new day. At some point in the process of getting them ready (a lot of times, after I get the two on the bus and have 2 minutes in the car by myself), I literally throw a prayer to God: Lord, please be with boys today at school. Keep them safe. Give them good hearts and sound minds. Bring them home safely.
Sometimes, that last petition bites back. I think, "What about all the parents who have prayed that prayer, and their kids did not come home:" the kids at Columbine, the kids at Virginia Tech, the thousands who have disappeared at the hands of weirdos who abducted them and killed them. I think to myself, "How dare I be so presumptuous!"
Many times, The LORD says no. It's that straightforward; it's never that simple. Many balk at The LORD's "no," reversing the roles of Creator and creature. It usually comes in a response like, "A loving God would never do that–"take a child away from a parent.
It doesn't have to be a dramatic and tragic taking-away, either. Sometimes the taking-away is long and drawn-out, like through addiction to drugs, pornography, apostasy, etc. What to do?
Derivatively, this is another form of the "why" question that haunts and hunts us. We ask, "Why God?" The answer is blunt: we are the creatures–not The Creator. The LORD's response to Job in chapters 38-42 is helpful. The opening verses of chapter 38 make the essential point:
2 “Who is this that darkens counsel by words without knowledge? 3 Dress for action like a man; I will question you, and you make it known to me. 4“Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth? Tell me, if you have understanding. 5 Who determined its measurements—surely you know! Job 38:2-5