WHY DO WE HAVE NATURAL DISASTERS?
God has power and authority over the earth, so why does He allow all the destructive storms, plagues, and disasters? The answer to why we have natural disasters is found in the first few chapters of Genesis. God created everything perfect and beautiful. When Adam and Eve sinned He placed a curse on the earth and everything became broken and degraded. Although, the curse brought conflict, disease, and death, much of the original beauty can still be seen in God's creation. It continues to show His power, wisdom and design ability.
But why do Christians suffer? We are children of a loving, caring Father who sent his Son to die for us, so why do we have to suffer? Could not God protect us from the powers of evil? The answer is YES, He could. He protected the nation of Israel in Egypt from most of the plagues and he could still do the same today. Whenever trouble falls on us we must ask the question, WHY? Following are some reasons why He allows us to go through times of suffering.
To Make Us Realize that We Are
Totally Dependence on God:
Jesus taught us to pray, "Give us today our daily bread." (Matthew 6:11) With we have all we need, we tend to forget this prayer and Gods ability to answer it. This is a reason why God keeps many of us poor. If we had all we wanted we would become independent and turn from a close relationship with our Father.
To Cause Us to Call Upon God in the Day of Trouble:
Our troubles give God an opportunity to keep His promises, otherwise we forget we are dependent upon God for everything. God says, "Call on me in the day of trouble. I will deliver you, and you will honor me." (Psalm 50:15)
To Make Us Realize that We Need Each Other:
Gods ultimate goal for all of us is to experience and demonstrate genuine love. Love is built on a recognition of mutual need and a joy in giving to that need. "Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends." (John 15:13)
To Remind Us That Life Is Short:
Life is like a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away. Then there is eternity that is without end. The purpose of this brief life is to prepare for eternity. "Inasmuch as it is appointed for men to die once, and after this, judgment." (Hebrews 9:27)
To Sort Out Our Priorities:
During a time of disaster, we realize that relationships are more important than things - especially our relationship with our heavenly Father through belief in His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ. Paul said, "Yes most assuredly, and I count all things to be loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus, my Lord, for whom I suffered the loss of all things, and count them nothing but refuse, that I may gain Christ." (Philippians 3:8)
To Remind Us of the Curse of Sin:
When God created the earth, it was a beautiful paradise, but mans sin brought a curse upon the earth and the freedom for Satan to kill and cause great destruction through natural disasters, such as hurricanes. Satans ability to do this is documented in the Bible. (See Job chapter one.)
To Show Gods Power to Restore:
Gods strength is perfected in our weakness. He looks for opportunities to demonstrate His blessing. "For the eyes of Yahweh run back and forth throughout the whole earth, to show himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward him." (2 Chronicles 16:9)
Our Father wants what is best for us. We do not know the future. God does and will shape events to bring true the promise; "All things work together for good to them who love God." Knowing that our Father will work out for us the best deal in town we do not need to worry when bad times come.
Let us not be weary in doing good, for we will reap in due season, if we don't give up. Galatians 6:9
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Revised June 2000. Scriptures changed to The World English Bible.