Why does misfortune come?

We still meet many people today who say: “Why does misfortune come? Why do the Gods not help?” The fact is, we are in the period of humanity’s evolution in which the Gods will immediately help if men turn to them, but in which the Gods are compelled by their laws to deal with free men, not with puppets.

Source: Rudolf  Steiner, GA 194 – The Mysteries of Light, of Space, and of the Earth -IIIDornach, December 14, 1919