Questions of why always swirl in the wake of natural disasters. But like the popular game show, “Jeopardy,” the answers are in the form of a question.
What can I know?
Every situation is a life lesson.
I’ve worked up way too much spiritual perspiration trying to answer why my second-grade teacher committed suicide, why I was laid off from the perfect job in publishing—twice—or why bad things happen to such good people as you and me.
I have learned that while why is often a futile question, God is more than willing to answer other questions. I can also find the answer to . . .
How can I grow?
Remember the “purpose” in Romans 8:28, “all things work together for good,” is found in verse 29: To “be conformed to the image of his son.”
How can this situation make me grow more like Jesus?
Who can I show?
Second Corinthians 1:3-6 has become one of my favorite passages in encouraging me while I’m going through terrible times:
Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God. For just as the sufferings of Christ flow over into our lives, so also through Christ our comfort overflows. If we are distressed, it is for your comfort and salvation; if we are comforted, it is for your comfort, which produces in you patient endurance of the same sufferings we suffer (NLT).
Who can I comfort with the comfort I have received?
Let’s all comfort the people of Texas and Lousiana in our best way possible whether personally assisting, giving to the Salvation Army and other reputable relief organizations, or simply praying. Everyone can help!
Adapted from The Psalms of Asaph: Struggling with Unanswered Prayer, Unfulfilled Promises, Unpunished Evil, which should be out the end of this month.
Are natural disasters “acts of God”?
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