We who preach and write, do so in a manner different from which the Scriptures have been written. We write while we make progress. We learn something new every day. We speak as we still knock for understanding...If anyone criticizes me when I have said what is right, he does me an injustice. But I would be more angry with the one who praises me and takes what I have written for Gospel truth than I would be with the one who criticizes me unfairly. -Augustine

Tragedy in Japan

This past week I listened to the news. I turned the radio dial back and forth between Fox News and CNN. I listened to the coverage of the great earthquake of Japan, the devastation of the tsunami, and the fear of a nuclear meltdown. Entire villages were destroyed; entire families are missing. In an unprecedented appearance-one that is usually reserved for wartime-the emperor of Japan spoke to his nation. He encouraged them to be strong and to help one another and to focus on rebuilding a strong tomorrow. I’m glad I don’t listen to or read much of the news-I think I would be in a state of continual distress over the world’s woes.

Hours later, just before arriving at my destination, I turned the radio on for one last listen. It was Allen Colmes of Fox News. He may be one of the most liberal commentators I’ve ever heard. His views are diametrically opposed to biblical thought. But then I heard him ask his guest that question that I have been waiting to hear. He asked his guest-who happened to be a Christian-“If God is good, then why does he allow such catastrophic suffering to occur on the earth?” He got my attention and I couldn’t wait to hear what the Christian guest had to say . . . a Christian, who, by the way, is someone I have admired over the years. But he funneled in his response and Allen went on to say, “Then we really don’t have any answer . . . we’re all in this together without a clue aren’t we?

But we do have answers. In Isaiah 26 the prophet writes, “When your judgments come upon the earth, the people of the world learn righteousness.” In Isaiah 45 he writes, “I am the LORD, and there is no other, besides me there is no God; I equip you, though you do not know me, that people may know, from the rising of the sun and from the west, that there is none besides me; I am the LORD, and there is no other. I form light and create darkness, I make peace and create calamity, I am the LORD, who does all these things.”

Why does God create calamity? Because He loves us so much that he will allow harm in order to bringing healing. His desire is for us to turn to Him. He sees a lost people walking aimlessly after gods who cannot hear or speak and He’s trying to bring them home.

Published in: on March 20, 2011 at 6:35 pm  Leave a Comment  

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