I was writing this a few weeks before Nepal was hit with a 7.8 Earthquake as if God was telling me ahead of time it would happen. He wants to clarify himself for our sake. My prayers are for those left behind and that they find survivors; that God will extend his hand of help but that mostly that he will show up.
Behold, I have created the smith that blows the coals in the fire, and that bring forth an instrument for his work; and I have created the devastator to destroy.
What does that mean?
That little line or verse right before the famous one triggered my quick thinking. Of course this happened about the time my laptop began to drain its charge so you can imagine how my quick thinking got lost.
In this process is the ongoing conversation I have with God. At times I can imagine his bothersome look as I dive into those worldly fleshly inquiries. I often think he thinks,
“Why can’t my people just believe in me?” Well yea, but then we wouldn’t be people.
Questions have arisen probably for centuries like, “Why do bad things happen to good people? Or “Why do Christians suffer?” What about “Why does God allow natural disasters?”
To start with is the question of all questions; if God is a good God then how did evil come from a good God?
If there is good then there is a counterpart of evil.
This fact is such a misconception people automatically blame God for everything that goes wrong when they should be running to Him for answers.
God gave us a free will. He knew before Adam and Eve ever sinned they would sin. In a rebound sort of way this brought about the awesome sovereignty of God. This may sound strange but God had to allow evil to counter his good; otherwise the world could never reach its full potential.
Focusing more on the Nepal earthquake are a few reasons why these terrible tragedies happen.
We live in a fallen world; nature is part of the natural laws that God designed. Unfortunately some of those laws play a part into earthquakes, tsunamis and hurricanes.
Some might question the lack of prayer or followers of Christ in a region or area that is hit by a natural disaster. No matter the reason for it we as Christians are to help others in need.
Then there are the reasons that God may use natural disasters to draw attention to Him. He may also allow them for the greater good.
These answers may not be of comfort to many especially in the line of fire.
Typically the person who doesn’t know God or understand him will automatically deny his existence and label him as the perpetrator of evil. Nothing could be further from the truth.
Reverse your thinking and ask God, “how much evil have you spared us from?”
That is when we begin to thank God for his protection from that which we have no idea we even needed it.