The answer is the same place he always is – on his throne. So why doesn’t he stop bad things from happening? Is it because we are sinful people living in a sinful world? Yes. Bottom line: there is no other answer. But God’s motivation for free will (or our power to choose what we do) is because he loves us. He didn’t create us and then force us to love him or to follow his ways. But rather he created us with the power to choose him or not. He wanted his kindness toward us to draw us to him and furthermore bring about repentance. (Romans 2:4)
If we think our God is not mourning in the midst of tragedy, our God is too distorted.
“God is love.” 1 John 4:8, 1 John 4:16