A logical way to answer one who questions God along these lines is by appealing to reason. Look at the stately trees of the forest, the living green of the meadows with thousands of beautiful flowers, the blue dome of heaven, illuminated by the sun, moon, and stars that space out a universe too immense for man to fathom. One can reason that the Creator of these things must have a wise and loving purpose equally great and beautiful on behalf of man. And furthermore, noting the order and harmony of the general creation, as in grand procession the planets and stars keeping time and place, we may conclude that calamities such as earthquakes, cyclones, etc., are but indications that the working together of the various elements in this world is not at present perfect.  From Genesis 3:17, we learn that the earth was “cursed” for man after the Fall in Eden and that flooding, forest fires, earthquakes and other calamities are linked to the present imperfect state of the world.

The Bible has outlived the storms of 35 centuries. Men have endeavored by every means to banish it from the face of the earth. There must be a reason why the Bible lives on. Revealed within its covers is a chain of testimony which gives evidence of a plan so broad and a design so deep as to be beyond human origin.

So we can reason that God permits or allows calamities and evil for a wise purpose, a purpose that will astound his creation. God chooses the wisest and best plan for His creation, even though our short-sighted vision might for a time fail to discern the hidden springs of infinite wisdom. Let us remember that our present suffering is brief compared to our eternity of joy when “God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall no more…sorrow, nor crying,….pain.” (Revelation 21:4) For one day the knowledge of the glory of the Lord will cover the Earth as the waters cover the sea (Habakkuk 2:14) and "They shall teach no more every man his neighbor, and every man his brother, saying, Know the Lord: for they shall all know me, from the least of them unto the greatest of them, saith the Lord: for I will forgive their iniquity and I will remember their sin no more." (Jeremiah 31:34).  In that day, even these present calamities will be but a memory for we are promised, “there shall be no more curse.” (Revelation 22:3)