3rd November 2012

Where Is God In Natural Disasters?

“Then to Adam He said, ‘Because you have heeded the voice of your wife, and have eaten from the tree of which I commanded you, saying, “You shall not eat from it”:  Cursed is the ground for your sake; in toil you shall eat from it all the days of your life.’”
Genesis 3:17 (NKJV)

Where is God in natural Disasters?  This question is regularly raised by those who reject the existence of a loving Creator God. After all, why would He allow earthquakes, tsunamis, and other natural disasters to happen at such a cost to life? Particularly when He is supposed to be ruler of all (Psalm 103:19).  I cannot provide complete and indisputable answers in this difficult area, but hopefully offer some scriptural ‘food for thought’.

God may control everything, but this does not mean that He is involved in everything. The world scene as depicted in the Garden of Eden, prior to the fall, certainly does not reflect any likelihood of random disaster. Sin corrupted mankind in addition to cursing the very ground upon which he existed (Genesis 3:17-18).  Consequently, there is a case to be made for God’s judgement being placed upon the earth and mankind.

In Romans 8:20-23 (ESV), Paul states, “For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly…that the creation itself will be set free from its bondage to corruption, and obtain the freedom of the glory of the children of God.”  The great good news is that all death and destruction will cease after the second coming of our Gracious Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ, when we will see new heavens and a new earth. (Revelation 21 & 22).  Jesus proclaims, “Behold, I am making all things new.” (Revelation 21:5 ESV).

The total reversal from evil to righteousness will be brought about by Jesus, return and the establishment of his kingdom.  This will include the eradication of sin and natural disasters. All of this is made possible by God’s Good Grace.

Thank you Father, that we can look forward to a time of complete peace and harmony in your Kingdom, when all sin and suffering will have passed away, and we can live joyfully with you as your children for all eternity. All through your grace, made possible by our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ.

Study by Bob Beggs 

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One Response to “3rd November 2012”

  1. Glyne Drakes on November 3rd, 2012 5:21 pm

    God article Bob

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