When we have great natural disasters, destruction, mass loss of life we tend to label them ‘acts of God,’ and we level a lot of blame at God. Accuse Him of all sorts of things and spend a even more time trying to understand why He would do this!
However, I am not a believer that these things are caused by God, never have been and never will be! We can only begin to understand the things that are happening and why they are happening when we begin to understand the God we serve. We will never truly have a complete understanding of God but we can have a deep understanding of Him and how He works. You can obtain a level of understanding from others; but ultimately you have to go to God Himself; no one knows Him better!
Once you begin to understand God, you will know that the world accuses Him of many things that are not in His nature and things He will not do in our life time.
We know throughout the Bible that there have been times when God had to punish evil and wrong doings because of the consistent wicked nature of mankind. He had to cleanse the earth with a flood and start over again; he had to destroy Sodom and Gomorrah because of the depth of evil that had taken hold of the city; he had to perform some amazing feats to bring the Children out of Egypt… and there is much more. So, we know there has been an age when God did punish evil in the earth. However, this is not that age and we really need to study the Word of God to truly understand this. This is not the Judgement Age!!
The Bible is very clear that this covenant, the Covenant of Jesus Christ is a better covenant than in the past. It is a covenant of Grace, blessing mankind with unparalleled forgiveness and mercy. It is a time of ‘second chances.’ This is the only age in which we have direct access to God, we can go to Him through Jesus Christ, we can ask for forgiveness again and again and He never holds past indiscretions against us. This is NOT the judgement age; that is yet to come after this world as we know it has passed away.
Let’s be clear, God is not causing terror attacks, tsunamis, earthquakes and freak accidents. If He has made a promise He cannot lie and will not go back on it… why would He? Just to make our lives miserable? It is already miserable without Him. God is not judging us and He is not trying to send us a message in this destructive, hap-hazard way.
Unfortunately, a lot of ‘Christians’ and so called modern day ‘prophets’ continue to propagate these stories that God is judging people, and countries by making terrible things happen to them causing mass loss of life and destruction. And that if they don’t accept the Lord as their Saviour these things will continue to happen to them. The only effect this has on people is to put fear, anger and hurt in their hearts; resulting in them cursing God and refusing to give their hearts to Him. God has more than enough patience to wait for the judgement age before dealing with all that stuff; He’s been around a long time so He is in no rush. He has appointed a time and that time has yet to come.
We live in a fallen world that is breaking apart as a result of ‘sin’ entering it. It is beset with one disaster after another and this is not going to change any time soon. These are not acts of God. God is life, He is not death! He does not sin and is not sin and these acts are a result of sin; so He cannot give us the fruits of sin. Sin is from darkness (Satan), and God is the “Father of Lights,” so His gifts are always good and perfect. He will not stop being who He is to punish us and make our lives a misery; then after He has inflicted pain on us He goes back to being a loving God! He will never do that. God never changes and never deviates from being who He is, or from His plan; and James confirms this in the following verse:
Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.
There are no shades, shadows, darkness or variations in God, He remains the same always. The Book of Malachi in the Old Testament 3:6 confirms this: For I am the Lord, I change not;
My Alabaster Box: A Simple Guide Through the Christian Journey looks at this topic in more detail.