With good reason, the devastating power of hurricane Florence has the news stations buzzing. When nature stretches out in moments like this, it is a solemn reminder of how fragile our existence, and powerless we as humans really are. People see these powerful moments in nature many ways. Some see it as mother nature doing what she does. Others seek answers to questions like, “If there is a God, why does he allow this to happen?” or “Why would a loving God allow those innocent people to perish in the storm?” Is God responsible for these random acts in nature? Is he the author of this destruction as lives are turned upside down, houses destroyed, communities devastated and families uprooted? These are all valid questions. As we read our bibles, we quickly conclude, nothing happens without the permission of God. He is sovereign. He rules and controls all things. If such is true, then why does God allow these storms to persecute the inhabitants of earth? For me the answer comes from a realization that these storms remind us of our need to seek a greater power in life than ourselves. In moments like these, people can (and do) consider the existence of God quite possibly more than any other time. Humanity happily goes about from day to day without a thought of God; UNTIL disaster hits. It is then we freeze, and search for answers.
Now is a good time to engage family and friends as they seek answers. Tell them about our loving God who doesn’t want to see anyone perish (2Peter 3:9). Help them understand this existence we now live in, is not our permanent home; that he wants more for us, and has prepared something better for those who love him. Florence may be powerful, but she is no match for her maker, the God we serve; who is the God of the universe. Be blessed.