Author Reflections–How to Gain Perspective on Natural Disasters
Hello Reader Friends, David Telbat here. I’d like to offer some biblical viewpoints and perspective on natural disasters. I hope this helps you as it has me.
A Question of Judgment
I recently asked my father, a man of wisdom and principle, if the many tornadoes, fires, floods, and hurricanes were any kind of judgment upon those regions affected.
My point of reference was Genesis 18:25, where it says that God would not judge the righteous with the wicked.
Judgment will certainly come, but if God was/is not judging all these regions of America and elsewhere, what is He doing? How do we make biblical sense of God allowing these disasters? How does it fit into His plan?
Below are three thoughts my father wrote to me, and I must share them, (in my own words). God has not abandoned us!
1. Satan is responsible
As Job was harassed by Satan, it is certainly possible that God is allowing Satan to occasionally test or prove the righteous (yes, with the wicked). I have seen the responses of believers in these areas of disaster. Christian love has triumphed through these storms. Like Job, many have not cursed God, but instead have taken opportunity to remember that their destroyed homes are just temporary abodes, compared to their eternal mansions.
2. God is drawing sinners to repentance
Like the man who was blind in John 9, some hard circumstances come upon us so that the unsaved will cry out to the One who truly delivers.
Sometimes bad things happen so that the works of God might be seen, and bring sight to the blind (John 9:3 & 39).
3. It is a normal result of the fall
In Romans 8:18-22, we are reminded that the creation is also under the curse of man. The natural order of man’s will, born into sin, is destructive behavior. Everything under man at the time of the fall is subject to the same, and that includes the natural world turned loose as man so insisted when we rejected God’s will.
It is true that entropy (increasing disorder) is a law of physics. Man cannot control creation, though man refused the One who does, and natural laws are in order, which causes man much disorder. In other words, sometimes a storm is just a storm.
Where our hope lies
We who are believers live in earnest expectation for the day of redemption (Romans 8:23-25). We also remember that we, like Abraham, are strangers and pilgrims for a time waiting for that final home in glory (Hebrews 11:13-16).
When we face disaster, catastrophe, or grave circumstance, of which I am no stranger, we may weep and beat our chests. But at the end of the day, we remember that for those who believe, this story has a happy ending.
We endure now, for Christ endured for us. These moments will pass. We will rebuild. God has not left us, nor has His love. Soldier on. You are not alone!
See you on the field!