It's a grave error to think that any happening of this world is punishment from God. God's punishment is experienced as present moment suffering... And even this is not really punishment at all.
Suffering is God's message that the mind is focused on fearful things, and is being invited to repent or return to fearless appreciation for what is, what was and what is coming. To fear things of this world is to bring the wrath of suffering upon one self, but to surrender fear in the face of fearful things is to allow layers of pain and suffering to be washed away...and the original state of peace and harmony to be revealed.
So I beckon you in the words of Jesus the Christ to "Repent, the Kingdom of Heaven is at Hand". To repent is simply to stop chasing the mind's intrigues and pay attention to what you feel.