In the wake of many recent natural disasters lately, you may be asking the question, “Where is God?” “Why does God allow Natural Disaster?” “How can a loving God allow innocent people to experience tremendous loss?”
When the news is watched and you witness the effects of earthquakes, tornadoes, hurricanes, wildfires, and other natural disasters if you are honest at times it can cause you to get the faith kicked out of you. It can lead to questions inside your mind that have potential to weaken your faith.
You may have heard the expression, “It was an Act of God.” My challenge with that phrase is it seems some are quick to place the blame on God for natural disaster and slow to give him the credit for years and decades of peace and great weather.
Genesis 1:1 says, “In the Beginning God created the heavens and the earth.”
- I believe that God spoke the world into existence and created the laws of nature.
“For through him God created everything in the heavenly realms and on earth. He made the things we can see and the things we can’t see— such as thrones, kingdoms, rulers, and authorities in the unseen world. Everything was created through him and for him. He existed before anything else, and he holds all creation together.” Colossians 1:16-17 NLT
If God wanted to he could keep natural disasters from happening! After all he is God. Do you believe that?
“For all creation is waiting eagerly for that future day when God will reveal who his children really are. Against its will, all creation was subjected to God’s curse. But with eager hope, the creation looks forward to the day when it will join God’s children in glorious freedom from death and decay. For we know that all creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time.” Romans 8:19-22 NLT
One of the results of man’s sin is the curse on the world that we inhabit. This incredible playground that we call earth is subject to “groanings, pains, death, and decay.” Sin is ultimately responsible for death, disease, suffering as well as natural disaster.
Honesty, I don’t know why God allows natural disaster to occur. I can’t explain why thousands of people have experienced flooding and the loss of their possesions.
When you experience trouble, tension, and transition it forces you to think about eternity and look to God.
What we do know…
One: God is Good. Many amazing people mostly lead by the church and are first on the seen. We as followers of Jesus provide support. We are the literal hands and feet of Jesus.
Two: Natural disasters cause us to prioritize what’s important and keep the main thing the main thing.
Three: You as a follower of Jesus has the opportunity to serve, support, pray and lead people to find and follow Jesus.
Four: God is in the business of turning tragedy into triumph.