So this is what you’ve all been waiting for – the answers to the questions we didn’t quite have time for. The answers are fairly brief and quick summaries. To fully get to grips with them, further study is necessary! So hopefully these will provide some food for thought. We’ll keep answering them over the next couple of weeks.
Question – If God is all powerful, why doesn’t he stop natural disasters?
Answer – This is a common question and one that normally leaves people feeling dissatissfied with the answer given! Firstly, we need to understand that this question is loaded and we all make assumptions when we ask it. We also look at only one side of the logical coin in figuring out God’s part in this stuff. One side of the coin is easy – this is when we talk about God being a ‘good’ God and who is all-powerful and because of this logic, we can’t reconcile the fact that we believe in a good God but bad things still happen to a lot of ‘bad’ AND ‘good’ people. The other side of the logic coin is that we are finite, God is infinite. We don’t know everything God has done in the past and we don’t know everything that God will do in the future. Bearing these two perspectives in mind, we can attempt to answer the question.
Matthew 5:44-45 (AMP) says – But I tell you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, 45 To show that you are the children of your Father Who is in heaven; for He makes His sun rise on the wicked and on the good, and makes the rain fall upon the upright and the wrongdoers [alike].
C.S. Lewis once wrote that ‘Pain is God’s megaphone to the world’. It’s impossible for us to know the causes or the true consequences of natural disasters, or even disasters closer to home. Perhaps you lost someone you love, maybe financially everything is going wrong even though you’ve applied wisdom. Sometimes stuff just happens to us and no matter how well we live or prepare or plan, bad things still happen. Pain still comes. As hard as it may seem, perhaps God uses the pain of the world to draw us to Him?
The important thing for us as Christians is to ensure that we never take a ‘God is punishing you’ stance. As far as I’m concerned, there is never ever ever ever an instance where anyone can say with %100 confidence that they are correct that God is punishing someone. If God was like that, we’d all be long dead. God, like a loving father, allows His children to experience hardships and pain to learn lessons, to drive us to seek Him and to realise that we need Jesus. Life is hard and I for one certainly wouldn’t want to do it without Jesus helping me through.
Like the verse says, good things and bad things happen to both ‘good people’ and ‘bad people’. We can’t presume to understand or know the reasons or consequences, all we really need to learn to do is to Trust and Obey.