In the wake of Hurricane Sandy’s devastating blow to many families and cities across America, one question that stands out and demands an answer is – where is God in this mess? In my search to make sense of the disaster, I’ve come across some very great articles. Allow me to share with you one or two. Below is an excerpt of each article and a link for further reading:
What Jesus might say about Sandy
By Mark Galli
As usual, great weather events bring out the Christian crazies, like those proclaiming that Hurricane Sandy is God’s judgment (“God sent the whirlwind. Thank God for righteous judgment,” said one) against (pick one) homosexuals, pornography, materialism, secularism, Darwinism, and so on and so forth. But I’m not linking to these statements because, well, you’ve got better things to do with your time than read sub-Christian, one might even say non-Christian, theology.
Granted when storms do appear in the Old Testament, they are often seen as God’s act of judgment, to prod repentance. The classic case is when Egypt was bombarded with hail and lightning so Pharoah would know God was in charge. Pharoah indeed was temporarily scared into faith, but as soon as the storm ceased,”the heart of Pharaoh was hardened, and he did not let the people of Israel go” (Ex. 9:35).
Read the rest here
Where is God in natural disasters?
Where was God when Superstorm Sandy pounded the Eastern Seaboard, killing at least 50 and causing historic destruction? And where was God in 2011 when the tsunami and earthquake claimed more than 200,000 lives in Japan?
In the wake of such incredible loss and disaster, we struggle to understand how a God who is all-powerful and all-knowing can also be considered good and loving. Pastor and teacher Erwin Lutzer tackles this tough subject head-on in his book, Where Was God?
“The question of natural disasters is very important,” said Lutzer in a phone interview last year. “The Bible even records stories of natural disasters.” During our discussion, Lutzer answered a number of questions that are detailed in his book.
Q: Can you address something we hear many times, which is “Why would God allow natural disasters?”
Lutzer: One thing we have to remember is that the world is fallen. The Bible says that when man fell into sin, all of nature was cursed. In other words, it was impossible for a sinful man to live in a perfect environment of paradise, so all of nature is cursed.
Read the rest here
In any event I know that God is good. This single truth alone is the backbone of my theological construct. And I pray that people come to understand his goodness. He doesn’t go around giving people cancer. He doesn’t go around killing and hurting people with hurricanes.
You are good and do good; teach me your statutes. Psalm 119:68
He is good all the time. In him there is no darkness at all. My prayers go out to the victims of this tragedy. May the Lord bless and bring healing and comfort to those who lost loved ones. But also may He bring a swift recovery to cities and towns across America.
I can tell you where God IS in the wake of Sandy. Here: http://worshipandpraise.net/
I was in Staten Island this weekend while relief efforts were under way. Incredible stuff being done by this church and the community as a whole. God is shining brightly through this tough scene with the love of His people who are determined to overcome difficulty with His grace. Will be writing a more detailed blog about the experience in the days ahead. It was incredible – both the destruction but also, the spirit of the people working to make things better.
Wow, praise the Lord… I am very pleased to hear this report… thanks for this comment… I look forward to hearing more.
Here’s the post: http://brianwilliamsen.wordpress.com/2012/11/05/staten-island-after-sandy/
good articles Walter…..thanks!
Thanks Walter. We did a Bible Study on Trusting God that was centered on God’s Perfect Love, Perfect Wisdom and Perfect Power. We have to believe that all events are bounded by those 3 characteristics of our God.
Hey Bill, thanks for the comment… Sounds like an awesome study. I pray that people can come to rest in his perfect love, wisdom and power. See you on your blog!
I agree that God is good all the time. Stuff happens down here, and I refuse to point my finger at God. Thank you for not blaming him, either. But He can use disasters for good – I’ve seen him do it with my own messes!
Blessings to all who are going through a valley ~ Wendy
Hey Wendy, thanks for the comment… It is amazing how God takes the things that were intended for evil and turns them around for Good. All things (the good, bad, and ugly), all things work together for good. I celebrate His goodness in our lives. And I praise Him for the great things he is going to bring about in many lives across this nation