By Derek Maul
Between Harvey flooding Texas, and Irma tearing up Florida there is a lot to talk about when it comes to storms, and many opinions concerning climate change and politics.
But one thing it’s clear we can finally dispense with is the whole notion that being “in” with God in any way improves anyone’s chances of avoiding anything from inconvenience to natural disasters. Nor will faith enhance your financial situation. Of course this was never a Bible-based teaching to begin with.
Here is what God promises: “Whatever happens, I’m going to be with you, you can count on it” (Psalm 23 and Matthew 28). Jesus said, “For (God) gives his sunlight to both the evil and the good, and he sends rain on the just and the unjust alike” (Matthew 5:45).
I don’t have pat answers to explain why terrible things happen, other than the obvious fact we live in a broken world. But I do have a deep and complete assurance that God will be with us, and for us, in the middle of whatever difficulty, tragedy, disaster, or trouble we may go through.
Atheists often point to calamity and catastrophe to explain whey they do not believe. However, some of the most compelling testimonies to God’s undeniable presence come out of experiences of pain, disaster, grief, and loss.
In this world real faith is never about an easy, convenient, or “favored” life. Real faith is about, “How do we respond?” and, “How do we love?” and, “What do we hold on to when the tough times come?” They always come.
Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light.” – Matthew 11:28-30
May the Creator, the God of peace, love, and compassion, fill you with the life and strength you need in this – and every – hour.