Again, tornadoes have recently wrecked havoc in places like Oklahoma, Missouri, Texas and Illinois. Whose fault is it?
Some like Rhode Island’s Senator Whitehouse blame climate change deniers who won’t sell their SUV’s or get behind taxbombing as a way to fix the greenhouse gas problem they blame on fossil fuels and methane. Others, like the woman I spoke with over the weekend, seem to be mad at God. At least she seems to be looking in the right place. The weather buck always stops there.
God brazenly takes credit whether sea levels rise or rivers dry up (Isaiah 50:2; 51:15; Psalm 135:6). The rain clouds are His (Job 37:15, Psalm 148:8, Zech.10:1) and each one salutes when ordered “Go there, begin then, drop that much” (Amos 4:7-8). Whether a jagged track or a brilliant burst of daylight in the darkness, everywhere lightening flashes or strikes is determined by its Pilot (Job 36:32; 37:15). Every wind–even the 200 mph kind of an EF5 tornado, marches to God’s orders (Psalm 148:8).
Admittedly, wrecked homes, wrecked lives, and dead children leave us demanding of God, “Why?” and “Don’t You care?” An ancient blood-streaked cross outside Jerusalem has conclusively answered the second question. “Why?” presupposes we have the right and the wisdom to understand. We don’t. Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments and how inscrutable his ways! Rom.11:33.
Every disaster leaves behind rubble, …and a mission field; one that many of God’s servants step up to serve in without letting the questions deter them. They may not have all the answers, but they at least have the most important one.
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