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 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.