Why Natural Disasters?
We can join God in faithful obedience to Him, or we can choose to stand in opposition to Him. A nation that acts in obedience to God’s commands need not fear judgment. However, any nation is subject to judgment if it sins.
Sometimes God troubles nations in an effort to alert them to their waywardness and the peril of continuing to ignore His moral commands. Such times of difficulty often provide Christians opportunities to contrast the culture and to guide people back to God. National Disasters is one way that God troubles nations.
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Can you imagine sifting through the ashes of your home, searching for something of value in the aftermath of a wildfire? This is what many in Paradise, California are doing. In fact, I listened to a news report where a victim said the only possession of his that survived the fire was a ceramic teapot that he had made in high school….Read More
Few things make us feel more powerless than natural disasters. Faced with the fury of “Mother Nature,” we are reminded of how little control we truly have over our own lives. But rather than become circumspect, we quickly become distracted, and we fail to receive what may be a message from God delivered in such a way as to make it unavoidable.Read More
Does God Use Natural Disasters to Judge People and Nations?
Standing in the wake of catastrophic devastation, it is normal to question God’s role in natural disasters. It is common, in the aftermath of any severe natural disaster, for some to boldly declare it to be God’s judgment upon evil deeds. Like Elijah, it is easy to assume that God must be communicating through major…
Should We Blame God for Natural Disasters?
Within weeks, nine western states have battled forest fires while two record-breaking hurricanes have inundated our southern and eastern coastlines with water. On August 25, Hurricane Harvey struck Houston, Texas in what the Washington Post called an unprecedented “1,000-year flood event”, dropping more than 50 inches of rain within a few days. One week later, the…
Are Natural Disasters God’s Megaphone?
On August 25, 2017, Hurricane Harvey struck Houston, Texas in what the Washington Post called an unprecedented “1,000-year flood event”, dropping more than 50 inches of rain within a few days. Only two weeks later, Hurricane Irma delivered “significant devastation” to the U.S. Virgin Islands and pummeled the entire state of Florida. Boasting wind speeds of…
How Can a Loving God Allow Natural Disasters?
God’s love compels Him to alert people to the peril of their sinful behavior. God readily protects us from much of what may otherwise naturally occur, but we should not expect God to continually withhold such disaster when we are in rebellion to Him. At some point, He may choose to lift His hand of…
Does God Send Natural Disasters?
As the Creator God, it should not surprise us to discover that God uses His creation to accomplish His will. Within the context of warning of pending judgment, Amos 4:13 reminds us that God is sovereign over creation, “For behold, he who forms the mountains and creates the wind, and declares to man what is…
Are Natural Disasters a Judgment upon the Most Wicked?
God can, and has, used natural disasters to punish wickedness. Sometimes natural disasters are God’s means of reminding the world of His righteousness, justice, and sovereignty. Other times, God’s will is that people seek refuge from calamity by returning to Him in repentance and righteousness. But lest we be tempted to believe that God allows…