Are these Hurricanes God’s Judgment? 7 Thoughts from Pastor Brian.
- God is in control of all things. Certainly, God is sovereign over the hurricanes and has a purpose for them. He can send or prevent a storm. (Jonah 1:4)
- God’s ways are unsearchable. To declare, however, that a hurricane is God’s judgment goes beyond the knowledge that we have as Christians. We agree with Paul, when he rhetorically asks, “Who has known the mind of the Lord? Who has been his counselor?” (Romans 11:34)
- God has given great blessing amid these hurricanes. Many people have been preserved alive through these hurricanes. Many people still have homes, still have food, water, and shelter. There is an outpouring of both publicly and privately funded support for those victimized by the hurricanes. Fred Rogers said, that when there was a tragedy, his mom told him, “Look for the helpers.” To declare God’s condemnation upon this situation and not to see his mercy is to misrepresent the God who is close to the brokenhearted. (Isaiah 57:15)
- All deserve judgment. I deserve judgment, as do all people. One question I have is, “Why would these hurricanes fall upon Florida and Texas, but St. Louis be preserved?” We are not less sinners than them. God says he is saving up his judgment for the end of time, and has made a way to escape by pouring out his judgment on Jesus. (Romans 3:23-24)
- God is full of patience and kindness. In the parable of the prodigal son, we have a story of a rebellious son who deserved the wrath of his Father. But Jesus presented God as full of mercy and love, anxiously awaiting his son's return. Romans 2:4 asks, “Don’t you see how wonderfully kind, tolerant, and patient God is with you? Does this mean nothing to you? Can’t you see that his kindness is intended to turn you from your sin?”
- The hurricane shows us how small we are. There is a feeling of helplessness that we should feel in face of a mighty storm. No matter how much we want to be in control, we are not. The stock market could crash. A war could break out. We are not as safe or as powerful as we like to think. (Psalm 8:3-6)
- God is a fortress from every storm. God asks us to seek refuge in him, not just from a hurricane but from all of life’s storms. He is with us and will not forsake those who turn to him. A hurricane should make us remember our dependence on him who is faithful to provide each day with what we need. (Psalm 46)