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     When disasters happen, God often gets the blame. I would like to posit at least one explanation for “Tornadoes, Gun Violence, and Bad Things that Happen.”

In the creation story, we read :

Gen 1 – 31 God saw all that he had made, and it was very good. And there was evening, and there was morning—the sixth day. Please note at this point in history, all was very good. I believe we can surmise then that there were no storms, no turmoil, no death and no disaster. That would change though. Soon in the story we read this :

Gen 3:1  Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God really say, ‘You must not eat from any tree in the garden’?” and then after eating from the tree, this:

Gen 3 – 23 So the Lord God banished him from the Garden of Eden to work the ground from which he had been taken. 24 After he drove the man out, he placed on the east side[e] of the Garden of Eden cherubim and a flaming sword flashing back and forth to guard the way to the tree of life.

Banished from the Garden, death has entered the world, turmoil and disaster is allowed to exist outside the Garden where the presence of God walks. Sin too has entered the world. Not just the a of sins that we are all too familiar with, and that we cringe from when we hear a pastor just say the word “sin” in a message or a sentence. But Sin, with a capital “S”. The whole bent of the world, man and nature, had changed from “very good” to something quite different. No longer did the presence of God “keep the peace.”

     Fast forward some time and we read:

Job 1 The Lord said to Satan, “Where have you come from?”

Satan answered the Lord, “From roaming throughout the earth, going back and forth on it.”

There is a new resident roaming. Evil, malice, maelstrom, malevolent, destruction and hate.

Fast forward hundreds of years, we read:

John 10-  10 The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.

11 “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.

Jesus spoke too of this evil. The goal, the plan, the purpose of Satan’s existence.

God, Jesus, the Spirit are good. Evil is bad. So simplistic, but so often we will hear things like:

    “God needed your loved one more than you did” (evidently because He took them away from you with no regard to your feelings)

     ” God needed another angel.” (we don’t become angels)

     and the like…….

We live in a war zone, between Heaven and Earth as it were. Much like in Syria where thousands have died that have had nothing to do with the Army or the rebels…innocents, collateral damage, the non-combative; we too suffer as the innocent or collateral damage.

It pays to pray for protection and wisdom in this world. It pays to know the scheming of the enemy, not over-focus on him, but awareness. It pays to walk in His presence, to walk with Him daily, and here He becomes our Shield and rampart! It pays o keep our eyes on Him !

So as discussions occur, children and co-workers ask questions of “How” and “Why” did this happen; seek not to blame God, or give Him credit for the disaster. Remind people God is good, all the time. You have seen Jesus, you have seen the Father. Recall when the disciples wished to call down fire on a town (Luke 9:53 but the people there did not welcome him, because he was heading for Jerusalem. 54 When the disciples James and John saw this, they asked, “Lord, do you want us to call fire down from heaven to destroy them[a]?” 55 But Jesus turned and rebuked them.), Jesus stopped them. It is not His heart to harm and hurt.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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