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Does God Use Natural Disasters to Judge People and Nations?

Timothy Zebell

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 events. However, Elijah failed to find God in the whirlwind, the earthquake, or the fire, finding Him instead in the sound of a low whisper. Bad things happen because we live in a fallen world that is subject to the effects of sin, and it is unfair to blame God for them all. Nevertheless, there are times when God chooses to use calamity to accomplish His will.

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Timothy Zebell

Timothy Zebell

As a former missionary to Asia for twelve years and the author of several books, Timothy is passionate about helping people understand the relevancy of God's Word in today's world. His goals are to help Christians discern truth from error, empower Christians to speak into cultural matters with relevancy, and to help Christians capitalize on the opportunities that these matters provide for sharing the truth about God and His gospel message.