To produce greater intimacy with God.
Come on, let's face it, when things are going well, how often do any of us really stop and spend quality time in God's presence? Some of us may from time to time, or we'll have our quiet time in the morning, read a couple verses and say a prayer. But I'm talking about those gut-wrenching, heart to hearts, (the kind my husband hates to have with me!) those times where all the facades, the rituals, the lists go out the window and you let everything out that's on your heart. And you listen and you groan and cry. Well, there's nothing like a good tragedy to bring us to our knees and gets us to ask the really important questions:
Do you love me, God?
Why is this happening? Do you really care?
Have you forgotten me? Do you feel my pain?
So many times I pray that I want to know God more. I want to know how He thinks, how He feels, what's important to Him. What if the only way for God to answer my prayer and bring me to the place where I'll stop and actually get to know Him is through tragedy? From my own personal experience, it's been the times of the deepest anquish when I've heard God's voice the most clearly.
In Psalm 34, the Scripture says that "God is near the brokenhearted" Regardless of what the enemy may whisper in your ear or what your friends say, God cares and He promises to never leave us.
In the book of Job, Job never found out the cause of his suffering. But he discovered something far more precious.
Job 42:5 "My hears had heard of you, but now my eyes have seen You."