15th June 2010

Why Does God Allow Disasters?  Part 2

“There will be signs in the sun, moon and stars. On the earth, nations will be in anguish and perplexity at the roaring and tossing of the sea. Men will faint from terror, apprehensive of what is coming on the world, for the heavenly bodies will be shaken.”

Luke 21:25-26 (NIV) 

There is good news—when Christ returns we will again be in the Garden of Eden—no more earthquakes or tsunamis or wars. Read Isaiah 11:1-10. 

There are those, of course, who will still ask why does Christ not return now and end mankind’s misery? Well, it seems that mankind is continually telling God to get out of our lives. Telling him to get out of our schools, get out of our government, and get out of our media. And God being a gentleman, has kindly done as requested! 

There are really only two ways of doing things in this world, God’s way or our way, and mankind, it seems, is determined to do things our way. My own view is that God believes the most important lesson we need to learn in this life is what happens when we do things our way and not God’s way. Our way leads to diseases such as aids, to wars and to family misery. 

Today scientists are predicting disasters due to global warming and climate change. There are also similar predictions prophesied in the Bible. Revelation 8:7-8 says, “The first angel sounded his trumpet, and there came hail and fire mixed with blood, and it was hurled down upon the earth. A third of the earth was burned up, a third of the trees were burned up, and all the green grass was burned up. The second angel sounded his trumpet, and something like a huge mountain, all ablaze, was thrown into the sea. A third of the sea turned into blood, a third of the living creatures in the sea died, and a third of the ships were destroyed.” It seems as if God is going to wait till man is on the brink of self-destruction before he steps in. 

When our world is almost destroyed and millions are dead God will, as promised, intervene. Could you blame Christ if the first thing he said to us was, “Well, do you realise now just how much you need me?” 

Glory be to God that that day won’t be the end of the world—in fact it will be “The Beginning”! 

Prayer

Father in heaven, we thank you that even as Jesus was dying on the cross he asked you to forgive us as we did not know what we were doing. And because we still don’t know what we are doing, we have made a mess of our lives and our planet. But we thank you for the assurance of your word that you will intervene before it is to late.

Amen 

Study by Bill Croall 

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