My thoughts on recent natural disasters and tragedies
The many recent natural disasters and the tragic shooting in Nevada have shaken many people in the United States. We often hear about these tragedies happening in other places around the world, but the hurricanes, fires, and horrific shooting are here in our own backyard. They happened to us.
It's difficult to make sense of these tragedies. As Christians who believe the Bible, we believe that God is in control. We believe that God may not be directly causing these terrible events, but nevertheless, God seems to have allowed these bad things to happen.
Sometimes, it's hard not to blame God since we know God could have prevented these bad things from happening. We will never be completely satisfied with any explanation for why God allows bad things to happen to good people. The Bible tells us that when Job complained to God about all the terrible things that had happened to him, no one was able to give an adequate answer.
Where can wisdom be found? Where does understanding dwell? No mortal comprehends its worth; it cannot be found in the land of the living . . . Where then does wisdom come from? Where does understanding dwell? It is hidden from the eyes of every living thing . . . God understands the way to it and he alone knows where it dwells, for he views the ends of the earth and sees everything under the heavens. (Job 28:12-13, 20-21, 23-24)1
In other words, somethings are beyond our ability to understand. God has a reason and a purpose for everything that happens. All we can do is trust him. He is good and all wise. When things happen that we can't understand, we need to hang on to the things we can understand. Jesus said,
I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.(John 16:33)2
The Apostle Paul said,
I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 8:38-39)3
How should we respond? We can pray for the victims and survivors, and we can give through relief agencies like the Crisis Response of Evangelical Free Church of America. You can find oppourtunities to help those who have lost everthing at: https://go.efca.org/ministries/reachglobal/crisis-response.
Believing God even when it's hard,
Pastor Steve Lorenz
October 17th, 2017
1Job 28:12-13, 20-21, 23-24; THE HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION®, NIV® Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.® Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide. All other references to the Bible are from the NIV.
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